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by martd
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Life insurance
Replies: 3
Views: 327

Re: Life insurance

Are you referring to selling your policy, or filing a claim with the insurance company? My life insurance policy has a terminal illness rider and also a critical illness rider. I was able to file for the critical rider and draw out a portion. There are no taxes due on life insurance payouts. I don't...
by martd
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Suggestions for treatment facility for liver and lung mets
Replies: 22
Views: 3266

Re: Suggestions for treatment facility for liver and lung mets

I can tell you about my experience with my first appointments. The oncologist told me surgery wouldn't be possible but my liver surgeon told me he saw potential, his exact words were he would swing for the fences for me. He was very adamant in telling me that I'd be surprised at how many people coul...
by martd
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reoccurance Questions/Help
Replies: 7
Views: 1463

Re: Reoccurance Questions/Help

Mayo clinic in Phoenix has proton beam therapy. I don't even know if that would be an option for you but might be worth a call. They have very convenient accomodations for out of town patients. There's even a large Marriott residents inn on their campus. Also I've heard alot of good things about Hun...
by martd
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Bile duct leak
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Re: Bile duct leak

I have a bile duct leaking right now, been leaking for about a year and half now. With mine it's pretty much contained in a cavity where the right side of my liver was. I didn't have drains after my liver surgery but there was a growing fluid collection that showed on scans every 3 months. It seemed...
by martd
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Pill thru j tube
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: Pill thru j tube

Most likely it's beyond the pharmacy to make that call. Have you discussed it with the doctors? They might ok with it or feel it's safe enough to try.
by martd
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Pill thru j tube
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: Pill thru j tube

Any possibility of dissolving the pill in a small amount of water and taking it in liquid form?
by martd
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need help metallic taste
Replies: 15
Views: 1096

Re: Need help metallic taste

The jaw spasms you mentioned could be what's know as "first bite" most people experienced this. When taking the first bite of food the jaw would feel like it locks up but then it would go away. If that's what she's feeling it's a typical side effect and will go away after the oxi is stoppe...
by martd
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Fellow LARS-ites, Can we talk gas?!
Replies: 5
Views: 478

Re: Fellow LARS-ites, Can we talk gas?!

Not sure if it will help in your situation but when I had the blockage I would get gas and pain in my stomach. Eating blue berries worked well. It worked almost immediately.
by martd
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need help metallic taste
Replies: 15
Views: 1096

Re: Need help metallic taste

One thing I found worked good for me was the peppermint candies. The red and white pinwheel ones. It helped with drinking water also, I would have one in my mouth while drinking. As far as eating, different things work for different people. Sauce type foods worked good for me, anything wet. Mash pot...
by martd
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 3 month scan ? What to expect. (Rectal)
Replies: 18
Views: 1295

Re: 3 month scan ? What to expect. (Rectal)

I did 12 rounds of folfox, after the first couple of rounds I noticed a big difference, bowl movements were back to normal. At my first scan it showed about 40% shrinkage with the liver Mets, the scan wasn't a good image for the rectal tumor but I believe it's because the tumor was gone at that time...
by martd
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need your hindsight! (Scared)
Replies: 11
Views: 1429

Re: Need your hindsight! (Scared)

I've seen numerous post where people have used THC for nausea. I never tried it myself but they all said It works really good. THC gummies seem to be what people use. In my case the worse nausea I had was from constipation, after relieving that the nausea would clear up.
by martd
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Itchy Skin
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: Itchy Skin

The day after my liver resection my bilirubin numbers were elevated and symptoms was itching, it was all over not just one particular spot.
by martd
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Life insurance, anyone?
Replies: 16
Views: 2388

Re: Life insurance, anyone?

I started a policy after diagnosed. No cancer or health questions, the only real stipulation was if I die from an illness within the first two years it wouldn't pay, although all the premiums paid would be refunded. A little more pricey than I would like it's 32.50 a month for $10,000 with the optio...
by martd
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Intro, and please give your feedback
Replies: 63
Views: 5996

Re: Intro, and please give your feedback

All it takes is a phone call. My personal experience, after my first appointment with an oncologist and colon surgeon I called Mayo Clinic. They scheduled 2 appointments the following day, they retrieved all my medical records and pathology that same day. In the morning had my first CT scan, 2 appoi...
by martd
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Unrelenting fatigue...help!
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Re: Unrelenting fatigue...help!

I experienced fatigue also after PVE, although not near that bad, but it was different than the chemo fatigue. One thing I noticed that made it much worse was Altitude. I took a trip north went from elevation 1100 to 7000 and I could hardly breath or even walk, took a couple hours to acclimate. Mayb...

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