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by kal74
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Xeloda or 5fu only for adjuvant chemotherapy?
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: Xeloda or 5fu only for adjuvant chemotherapy?

Yes I was staged T2 prior to chemo/rad and again T2 after via CT and surgery so the size of the tumor shrunk but not the invasion. I asked oncologist about this and he said not uncommon but I do wonder if maybe it was a T3
by kal74
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Xeloda or 5fu only for adjuvant chemotherapy?
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Xeloda or 5fu only for adjuvant chemotherapy?

I’m really struggling with making a decision on adjuvant chemotherapy, I’m 43 with Stage 1 rectal cancer (T2 tumor) did Xeloda/radiation for 6 weeks prior to surgery to shrink tumor it went down about 50 % and pathology showed clear margins T2 tumor removed and 30 lymph nodes clean. Oncologist is re...
by kal74
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo treatment for rectal cancer
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Chemo treatment for rectal cancer

I’m scheduled to have my port put in soon my oncologist is recommending oxaliplatin/5fu every other week for 6 months. I get the oxiplatin infusion for 3 hours and then I’ll leave with the 5fu for two days then disconnect. Can anyone who’s done this already share with me side effects and how you fel...
by kal74
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Neo-Adjuvant Chemo Stage 1 Rectal Cancer?
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Neo-Adjuvant Chemo Stage 1 Rectal Cancer?

I’m 43 and was dx with a very low rectal tumor in July 2017, staging before treatment was Stage 1 T2 N0 M0 after meeting with 3 surgeons I decided to do 6 week of Xeloda and Radiation to shrink the tumor to get clear margins and avoid a permanent bag. My tumor shrunk by approx 50% and I’m now 4 week...
by kal74
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Low rectal tumor without LARS?
Replies: 9
Views: 553

Low rectal tumor without LARS?

I've just finished chemo and radiation to shrink my tumor which was 3cm from av. Everything I'm reading seems if you have a low tumor, radiation and LAR surgery you should resign yourself to the fact that you'll be spending most days in the bathroom after reversal. I would expect this for the first ...
by kal74
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: After radiation side effects?
Replies: 5
Views: 510

After radiation side effects?

I was dx in July with low rectal cancer and I'm finishing up my last three treatments of chemo/radiation. My xeloda dose is low (1000mg 2x day) so I'm tolerating that we'll, the radiation has been hit or miss, I'm doing IMRT and just started the cone down and my bowels are worse then ever, also a lo...
by kal74
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Xeloda/IMRT Radiation Side Effetcs? Rectal Cancer
Replies: 8
Views: 1035

Re: Xeloda/IMRT Radiation Side Effetcs? Rectal Cancer

Thanks everyone, I start tomorrow so I'm on edge but hope that it goes better then expected. I feel better reading some of the replies
by kal74
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation induced menopause
Replies: 22
Views: 2712

Re: Radiation induced menopause

Wow I'm starting radiation next week and didn't even think to ask about these issues. What should I be asking my oncologist or doing proactive to avoid female issues? Thanks
by kal74
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Xeloda/IMRT Radiation Side Effetcs? Rectal Cancer
Replies: 8
Views: 1035

Xeloda/IMRT Radiation Side Effetcs? Rectal Cancer

I'm 42 and was dx with rectal cancer 6 weeks ago, it's a low tumor Stage 1 T2. I had three options from surgeons and decided we would go with the chemo/radiation route to avoid a possible reoccurrence and perm bag. I'm starting next week, I'll be taking XELODA oral pills (500mg) and the radiation wi...

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