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by Caat55
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?
Replies: 15
Views: 958

Re: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?

Take the talk with the nurse seriously. Radiation changes everything down there. If you haven’t gone through menopause you will now. The sitz bath are good, a bidet seat better. Use the creams liberally. I didn’t wear pants, couldn’t wear pants after about half treatments due to soreness. Like you I...
by Caat55
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 220
Views: 72417

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

CT scan Monday was clean. That’s number two, first since reversal. Most days are okay, every third or fourth day is a total clean out. I can’t figure out which causes it but spend at least 7 or 8 trips to bathroom. Then it’s back to normal again. Bum sure gets sore when away from home for too long. ...
by Caat55
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1612
Views: 349988

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

Mike Sorry to hear you are still dealing with blockages. I have a routine of just little bits for a day or two and then a clean out. I have found that a lot of tomatoes, which are a bonanza in my garden, are very hard on system. The figs which are ripe now are quite effective at clean outs as is red...
by Caat55
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer
Replies: 218
Views: 19253

Re: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer

Is this the week when you'll be starting your neo-adjuvant chemo/radiation? Yes, I'll be starting on Wednesday. Thank you for the links! I sent a note in to my oncologist this morning because I won't see them until after starting treatments. They didn't prescribe any nausea meds or anything to go w...
by Caat55
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer stage IV
Replies: 178
Views: 49674

Re: Rectal cancer stage IV

That's fantastic. Congrats!

Susan
by Caat55
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What can I do about diarrhea-like cramps?
Replies: 10
Views: 930

Re: What can I do about diarrhea-like cramps?

Oh thanks, I will try that! I took Metamucil today and had no cramps all day despite eating a lot. So presumably that would work. I like you sometimes get cramps which I can't blame on any particular food. Diet isn't helping to thicken things up like it did with the bag. I have been taking psyllium...
by Caat55
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mop up chemo experiences
Replies: 220
Views: 72417

Re: Mop up chemo experiences

Longtime no stop, just catching up. I am back to work full time. Done a lot of hiking over summer , 5 and 1/2 miles is my best. I am a mosquito magnet, one would think all that chem and cancer would make me unattractive. My goal this summer is to grow all out fruits and veggies, successful so far. T...
by Caat55
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 271
Views: 71964

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

I am back to work full time. Done a lot of hiking over summer , 5 and 1/2 miles is my best. I am a mosquito magnet, one would think all that chem and cancer would make me unattractive. My goal this summer is to grow all out fruits and veggies, successful so far. Today I went kayaking with family, fi...
by Caat55
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1612
Views: 349988

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

Thanks Adele. I am good, working, busy but the bathroom trips are an issue. For me it is in the evening so I can go to work, hike, travel but prefer to be home for bathroom rooms every night. We haven't gone camping because I don't fancy a thousand trip to the outhouse, etc. The gas is literally exp...
by Caat55
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer- Staging question? Follow Mop up Chemo??
Replies: 17
Views: 4029

Re: Rectal cancer- Staging question? Follow Mop up Chemo??

Thanks for your update. I am only 3 months out and have veggies issues. I do okay with salads but all the wonderful squash, summer salads seems to be an issue for me. We have a huge garden and eating from it every night is such a treat. How much fiber are you taking? Do you notice or experience a lo...
by Caat55
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1612
Views: 349988

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

Mike, You mentioned it is worse after fasting? Does anything make it better? I have had a rough week after doing well for about a month. I thing it is all the summer veggies we eat every night from the garden. I even took two fiber capsules yesterday to slow, bulk things up, no better. I find the ga...
by Caat55
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New here - rectal cancer, very nervous about radiation (update: tell me about xeloda!)
Replies: 33
Views: 3796

Re: New here - rectal cancer, very nervous about radiation (update: tell me about xeloda!)

I noticed that Hand, foot stuff for sure but it resolved after I ended chemo. I walked, did yoga figuring what is good the the mind and body is what I needed. Drink a lot of water. Use good quality lotion. I even used a canna us salve which is rich in emollients, arnica and felt amazing. You got thi...
by Caat55
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Currently in the ER...woo.
Replies: 56
Views: 4292

Re: Currently in the ER...woo.

Strong steady support sending your way.
S
by Caat55
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New here - rectal cancer, very nervous about radiation (update: tell me about xeloda!)
Replies: 33
Views: 3796

Re: New here - rectal cancer, very nervous about radiation

You are doing great. Yes, in some ways the ileo is a good but it does wear on you. It gets easier, more predictable overtime. When you do find out about adjunct chemo? Ask about a port. With small children and lifting I could not have managed if it had been in my arms. Your attitude and your family ...

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