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by sandkeeper
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 4271

Re: I am so worried.

Thank you again to everyone who replied with your stories and words of encouragement. It has been so informative and helpful for me during this whirlwind. Another question as I lay in bed... Would local lymph node involvement be able to be detected on a CT? Or just distant spread? I don't know enou...
by sandkeeper
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: MSI or MSS
Replies: 29
Views: 8573

Re: MSI or MSS

I don't post here often, but as a more recent diagnosis than your mother and in the UK, my pathology was tested for MSS/MSI immediately after surgery, although the hospital always referred to it as dMMR/pMMR. This testing may have been related to my stage because it was the determining factor as to ...
by sandkeeper
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Resection Distance / Margins - what were yours?
Replies: 5
Views: 796

Re: Resection Distance / Margins - what were yours?

I was just going through my records before my next meeting with the oncologist, and noticed the pathology report listed a distance of 18mm between the edge of the tumour and the closest margin (probably the distal margin since my tumour was sigmoid/rectosigmoid and I had a sigmoid colectomy). We al...
by sandkeeper
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Resection Distance / Margins - what were yours?
Replies: 5
Views: 796

Resection Distance / Margins - what were yours?

I was just going through my records before my next meeting with the oncologist, and noticed the pathology report listed a distance of 18mm between the edge of the tumour and the closest margin (probably the distal margin since my tumour was sigmoid/rectosigmoid and I had a sigmoid colectomy). We all...
by sandkeeper
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage IIA: Chemo or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 2947

Re: Stage IIA: Chemo or not?

Thank you all for your comments and experiences - I wish I had the time to respond to you all individually. I may add some individual follow-ups later. After my last update here, I told the oncologist that I want to go down the chemo path and am scheduled to start next week. I'm far from confident w...
by sandkeeper
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage IIA: Chemo or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 2947

Re: Stage IIA: Chemo or not?

This is the strategy I/we took- basically if I would have started having major issues with the chemo, I would have just stopped it cold. Originally we were thinking 8 cycles, but after the IDEA trial data came out this summer (about a week before I started), both oncologists, one at a major cancer ...
by sandkeeper
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage IIA: Chemo or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 2947

Re: Stage IIA: Chemo or not?

I'm curious as to why your oncologist did not give you the option of 3 months of chemotherapy. It's my understanding this has become the new protocol for Stage III colon cancer so I don't know why this wouldn't be true for Stage II. I am in the UK, so it's possible it hasn't been adopted here yet. ...
by sandkeeper
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage IIA: Chemo or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 2947

Stage IIA: Chemo or not?

Hi, First time poster but have made regular visits here via search engines since diagnosis. This won't be the first time this question has arisen, but I am currently 6 weeks post-surgery and faced with the decision of whether or not to proceed with Capecitabine (Xeloda) adjuvant chemotherapy for 6 m...

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