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by Lotus
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy coming up....gastroenterologist or surgeon?
Replies: 10
Views: 598

Re: Colonoscopy coming up....gastroenterologist or surgeon?

Thanks very much to everyone who responded....very helpful to read your experiences and perspectives. I’ve decided to go with the surgeon this time around....scheduled for April 8.
by Lotus
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy coming up....gastroenterologist or surgeon?
Replies: 10
Views: 598

Colonoscopy coming up....gastroenterologist or surgeon?

Hi everyone, This time last year I was diagnosed with stage 1 rectal-colon cancer....recommendation was for follow up colonoscopy one year later. Robotic LAR performed last April....oncologist suggested that my colon surgeon perform upcoming colonoscopy instead of my gastroenterologist. He said that...
by Lotus
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Did you travel during treatment?
Replies: 20
Views: 1814

Re: Did you travel during treatment?

Go!!!! nothing like the adventure of travel to occupy the mind and heal the body. No, I’m not a doctor but that is my belief. If it were me, my greatest regret would be in allowing my fear to make the decision for me. I have a very strong faith in a higher power. Desire means “Of God”. So when I des...
by Lotus
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need prayers
Replies: 30
Views: 2644

Re: Need prayers

Hopegirl
Waiting for results is the worst. There is so much power in prayer and you will certainly be in mine. I hope you can find ways to distract yourself. Please keep us posted
by Lotus
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared
Replies: 31
Views: 8608

Re: Colonoscopy at 25-- Scared

Try to stay busy and divert your mind. Stay away from google for sure. Treat worry, fear and anxiety like the enemy....stay far away. When anxious thoughts arise, I say STOP IT! And immediately turn my thoughts to gratitude for anything that is good in my life. I try to remember that any type of neg...
by Lotus
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Modifications to prevent/lessen chance of recurrence
Replies: 33
Views: 6689

Re: Modifications to prevent/lessen chance of recurrence

I have definitely cut back on sugar but can not cut it out completely. Also have cut out alcohol, gluten and most junk food...
but have to have the occasional ice cream or dark chocolate candy.
by Lotus
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Modifications to prevent/lessen chance of recurrence
Replies: 33
Views: 6689

Re: Modifications to prevent/lessen chance of recurrence

I can’t take aspirin because of the caffeine content. Do you know if baby aspirin contains caffeine? Can you share the baby aspirin brand and dose you take?
by Lotus
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Probiotic and cream for frequent BM?
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Re: Probiotic and cream for frequent BM?

Just for the record I want to report that I started using calmoseptine yesterday morning. Today the rash is VOLUMES better. It is still there but much less painful....well on the way to healing. Had sitz bath after every BM....not in tub but in a basin inserted onto toilet seat.....dried with hair d...
by Lotus
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Probiotic and cream for frequent BM?
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Re: Probiotic and cream for frequent BM?

Thanks so much to everyone who offered suggestions, really appreciate it. I will try the VSL probiotic! Since I posted this I saw my surgeon because the itching and burning inside my anus got worse. He told me to increase fiber intake to lessen BM. Thankfully BM has reduced. He said it was not a fis...
by Lotus
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Probiotic and cream for frequent BM?
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Probiotic and cream for frequent BM?

Dear friends I had robotic LAR surgery on April 11. It was stage one so no radiation or chemo follow up. The frequency of my BM varies with my diet and I am experiementing with Metamucil and that has helped. Yesterday I went at least 20 times. Can anyone recommend a probiotic that may help me with t...
by Lotus
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rash after robotic LAR near incisions
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Rash after robotic LAR near incisions

Thanks to everyone who has taken time to post here. I really appreciate the feedback. Update Yesterday I saw my PCP and he concurs with the dermatologist. He recommended my continuing steroid cream. He did not think it was yeast or fungus so he recommends no powder for now. He also tested my blood f...
by Lotus
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rash after robotic LAR near incisions
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Rash after robotic LAR near incisions

Titanium is an element, so by definition it does not contain other things. Of course, titanium is frequently used in alloy form, and those are by definition mixed with something else. Apparently nickel is rarely, if ever, used. More than you ever wanted to know about surgical staples :) : https://e...
by Lotus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rash after robotic LAR near incisions
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Rash after robotic LAR near incisions

Lotus: I need to correct myself. You would want to see if you have a nickel sensitivity, not copper. Nickel is sometimes added to the composite material that is used in surgical staples. Nickel. Karen Thanks Karen. Can you tell me if you have had experience with nickel sensitivity or know someone w...
by Lotus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rash after robotic LAR near incisions
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Rash after robotic LAR near incisions

I just want to add that all of the itchy rash is located in the skin that folds at my waist. When I stand there is no fold but I do spend most of my waking hours sitting. That makes me wonder if the rash is due to fungus or yeast and may be helped by the powder mentioned above. This started when the...
by Lotus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rash after robotic LAR near incisions
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Rash after robotic LAR near incis

Lotus: Nyastin powder is indicated to treat yeast/fungus overgrowth. Yeast/fungus overgrowth can be a problem for individuals with a stoma where moisture/perspiration and excessive heat becomes trapped under the ostomy wafer (summer temperatures in a high humidity climate area; a labor intensive jo...

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