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by NHMike
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Any body knows of Clinical trials for BRAF 600?
Replies: 11
Views: 1113

Re: Any body knows of Clinical trials for BRAF 600?

The trial continues to go smoothly. The only side effects I have are drowsiness/fatigue which could be caused by my pain pump actually and receiving more medicine than I actually need as my pain has gone way down. I use only one bolus a week and before about 3 a day. The rash is still only on my fa...
by NHMike
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241816

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I hope the probiotics help, Mike! My wife sells Plexus supplements so she has me using their probiotics with their vitamins and a few other things. Until a year before my diagnosis, I had never taken any kind of medicine/supplements. She wanted me to try her stuff so I did. I think they really help...
by NHMike
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241816

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I picked up a package of Probiotics (CVS) brand and will give it a try tomorrow. I'm using Miralax this evening and hope that it works before the morning as I have a late morning meeting.
by NHMike
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New symptom: swollen feet??
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: New symptom: swollen feet??

My toes and toenails turned black and I developed callouses and blisters (from walking) and I'm not sure whether or not I had swelling but I had to buy shoes 1/2 size bigger and also wider. These shoes are somewhat big on me now.
by NHMike
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241816

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I did some new things again today. I started out doing a pullup - I don't think that I've done one in the past year. I was able to do one (I normally do ten) but I felt stress in the middle of my chest and one is enough for now. I probably should have worked up to it using the Lat Pulldown machine. ...
by NHMike
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241816

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Good to hear you are doing well. About probiotics, I did not realize there was any controversy. I give my husband capsules of probiotics daily. Could you tell me what the possible issue is with them? I didn't see problems with them. I ran into an article about whether or not they are useful and how...
by NHMike
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241816

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Things are mostly going reasonably well, especially when eating 1 or 1.5 meals per day. I am glad things are going ok, but I can't imagine only eating 1 to 1.5 meals a day. Hopefully you will continue to figure more out. I think the soluble fiber is a real help. I can't help but think my probiotic ...
by NHMike
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects
Replies: 59
Views: 12526

Re: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects

Yesterday was the 2nd Couch to 5k running program date. Temperature was in the 40s. Much to my surprise, I was able to do the run 1 minute/walk 2 minutes scheme without feeling especially challenged. I did need to keep my hands in my pockets the whole time to keep my hands warm, and I was having so...
by NHMike
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241816

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I added Mountain Climbers and Brazilian Crunches today. I couldn't do a lot of them and I was reminded as to how much stress some of these exercises put on your body. But I did a few and I'll do a few for a while and then a few more until they get easy. I'm pushing myself harder on the stuff that I'...
by NHMike
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?
Replies: 24
Views: 798

Re: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?

Thanks, Del. Such good news for you! Gives me hope - though I’ve had it all up front - chemo and then chemo/radiation. (Why didn’t you have radiation?) Has anyone read WHY radiation is (reportedly) a factor in LARS? Or any studies that show it actually IS a factor? Folks on this forum state that ra...
by NHMike
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241816

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

That is good news Mike! Hope even better weeks are ahead. Are you taking any probiotics? Dave I'm not taking probiotics. I have looked into them and there are different sides to the issue. I have been taking fiber more regularly. I've also been eating only one to two meals a day and this helps quit...
by NHMike
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?
Replies: 24
Views: 798

Re: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?

I make the W&W call two years ago. To me it seems like just last week but, in terms of medical advancement, that's ages ago. I think that a lot has changed in the past few years. My oncologist was pretty eager to share information on Big Data and the impact in treatment and how fast things can ...
by NHMike
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stomach aches
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: Stomach aches

I haven't had stomach aches but have had scar tissue issues and those are more like sharp pain when you make an odd movement.
by NHMike
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241816

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

This has been a good week despite having the flu last week. Monday was unusual. I went to the bathroom and went like the old days (before cancer). It took a while but I got emptied out in one sitting. I had an appointment for a crown to be installed on Wednesday so I had breakfast on Tuesday morning...
by NHMike
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery Considerations
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: Surgery Considerations

Hi, There is absolutely no denying the fact that colon cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer. And the incidence rate in the USA is shockingly high (1 out of 22 men and 1 out of 24 women will be detected with this type of cancer). Studies reveal that in the past year more than 135,500 cas...

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