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by retiredteacher
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need thoughts
Replies: 20
Views: 1230

Re: Need thoughts

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. While I did not get a decent initial staging, guessing I was close to yours, about 20 months ago, except rectal. Wondered to my oncologist if he could make a case for "wait and watch." He said the yes, he probably could if he wanted to. But, he added, wh...
by retiredteacher
Tue May 21, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed and questions
Replies: 11
Views: 852

Re: Newly diagnosed and questions

The pill is capecitabine; Xelox is a brand name. The pill is the oral version of the 5-FU (https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/treating/chemotherapy/drugs-and-combination-regimens/individual-drugs/fluorouracil.html) Your hubby is on the standard best practice for this type and stage...
by retiredteacher
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 218
Views: 66517

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

Good luck on your reversal - best wishes ---
Terri from Linden
by retiredteacher
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New - Daughter to Father with Stage 3B Colon Cancer
Replies: 4
Views: 568

Re: New - Daughter to Father with Stage 3B Colon Cancer

Hi Salma, I finished the Xelox last year. While not the most fun thing in the world, it is definitely doable. You can research this site for people's experiences - there are many similarities. Sensitivity to cold, first bite syndrome from the oxiliplatin (sp?) It is important that he stay well hydra...
by retiredteacher
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer
Replies: 7
Views: 1030

Re: Rectal cancer

Hi there! Welcoming you aboard. From my experience, this is the best place to be - for good informative discussions and support. ThInk about constructing a signature soon - it will be easier for folks to help you and offer their experiences, advice, or even links and articles. Even if you have the b...
by retiredteacher
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation Xeloda Side Effects Question
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Radiation Xeloda Side Effects Question

Just catching up - have not been here in awhile. I am so sorry about your mom.
by retiredteacher
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newbie here
Replies: 9
Views: 894

Re: Newbie here

Hi Mike - welcome to the club - many experienced and helpful folks here. You may need questions answered, resources, or advice as your journey progresses. Many, many folks continue to work through treatment - it all depends on the individual and type of work. Just the distraction of work provides a ...
by retiredteacher
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question about necessity of CEA labwork
Replies: 31
Views: 3614

Re: Question about necessity of CEA labwork

NCCN guidelines still have it listed. You can pull a copy and show it to your surgeon.
Terri
by retiredteacher
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Happy news
Replies: 9
Views: 1433

Re: Happy news

Fantastic news! Congratulations!
by retiredteacher
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?
Replies: 19
Views: 2366

Re: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?

Dr. Cindy Kin at Stanford. Facility is excellent as well - very positive environment ... efficient and highly competent ...
Terri
by retiredteacher
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Internal Iliac Node involvement??
Replies: 18
Views: 2449

Re: Internal Iliac Node involvement??

That is probably a good question for the oncologist. Sounds to me like they just want to switch to the most aggressive approach.
by retiredteacher
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Internal Iliac Node involvement??
Replies: 18
Views: 2449

Re: Internal Iliac Node involvement??

Me again, I know that feeling of needing to do something, anything. Does your mom normally oversee the holiday dinners? If so, you could step up and pinch hit for her? Under her supervision? Maybe others have ideas.
by retiredteacher
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Internal Iliac Node involvement??
Replies: 18
Views: 2449

Re: Internal Iliac Node involvement??

I know that this order of treatment has been looked at with more frequency recently - even being considered for Stage III if I am not mistaken. I can't answer your specific anatomical question, but it does sound to me like you have a very good team working on this for your mom. Others on this board ...
by retiredteacher
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: High alkaline phosphatase?
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: High alkaline phosphatase?

Yes - mine bumped up to the 180's. I believe it is not uncommon.
by retiredteacher
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: what happens after chemo?
Replies: 27
Views: 9584

Re: what happens after chemo?

Congrats Susan! I have been off awhile and just now catching up! My doc sent me away until the end of September so will press for a scan etc. at that time. Just got back from Alaskan cruise with no issues - even managed to hike around on the Juneau ice field with nary a bathroom for miles. Foot neur...

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