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by Gravelyguy
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Good news!
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: Good news!

That is great news indeed!

Dave
by Gravelyguy
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Dang 1cm Liver Met!
Replies: 18
Views: 1183

Re: Dang 1cm Liver Met!

I had two very small liver Mets at dx. One was along the bottom edge and they resected it. The other was in deeper and they ablazed it as it was so small they didn’t want to take a big wedge out of my liver to get such a small tumor. So I think where it is located may dictate what kind of surgery yo...
by Gravelyguy
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal fissure post reversal
Replies: 10
Views: 676

Re: Rectal fissure post reversal

So sorry your mom is having such a rough start to her reversal. No one told me how acidic my bm’s would be nor how painful the backside would get. I am 2 months out now and I know it is different for everyone but I am way better than I was at 2 weeks. Some things that helped me were eating small mea...
by Gravelyguy
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 4 Colon Cancer
Replies: 31
Views: 2080

Re: Stage 4 Colon Cancer

Hi Jim, Don’t give up hope. With my liver Mets one of the tumors was dead when they resected it. The other was in very deep but small so instead of cutting it out, which they could have, but it would have meant a lot of my liver gone just to get a tiny tumor, they used RFA. Nearly a year later and n...
by Gravelyguy
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Short Term (5 Days) Radiation - Side Effects?
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Short Term (5 Days) Radiation - Side Effects?

I also had short course proton beam radiation just prior to surgery. No real side effects to report. They told me beforehand that I would be tired but the fatigue from the lar surgery and liver resection would mask it. I actually felt pretty good and was discharged in three days. Hope this helps, Dave
by Gravelyguy
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Positive Quality Life after LAR
Replies: 12
Views: 454

Re: Positive Quality Life after LAR

I am 6 weeks out. It is already getting better. I have more good days than bad. Today I went in the morning, went to church and my daughters 2 hour water ski show with no issues. Came home and went again. 3 weeks ago I had all kinds of issues at her last show. Today was as normal as they come. A goo...
by Gravelyguy
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 4 Colon Cancer
Replies: 31
Views: 2080

Re: Stage 4 Colon Cancer

Hi Jimt, Glad you found us. Your English is just fine. I think I can answe your questions. 1. I think you are asking can anything bad happen to the liver after resection. If that is the question, there is always a chance of infection or internal bleeding but since you are a week out of surgery, I th...
by Gravelyguy
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Short course radiation? 3D or IMRT?
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Short course radiation? 3D or IMRT?

Hi! I had short course before surgery. It was done at Mayo- Rochester with a proton beam radiation machine. The only side effect I had was fatigue but it could have been from the lar surgery done a couple of days after completion of radiation. It sounds like it is way easier on your body than long c...
by Gravelyguy
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A month after takedown/ reversal-a few questions
Replies: 5
Views: 260

A month after takedown/ reversal-a few questions

High Everyone, So I passed the one month post takedown mark and all is going pretty ok most days. But I have a few questions. A little background, I had a very low rectal tumor. So low, in fact, that the 2 local surgeons that saw me early on both said I would have a permanent colostomy which I was o...
by Gravelyguy
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Advice on wife's diagnosis
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Advice on wife's diagnosis

Hi Al, Sorry you and your wife have to go through this. There isn’t enough info yet to give it a stage. You will need to know how far the tumor has invaded the wall of the rectum. In addition you will need to know if it has spread to any lymph nodes and/or distant organs. The scans should help deter...
by Gravelyguy
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon Cancer with mets to liver
Replies: 10
Views: 611

Re: Colon Cancer with mets to liver

Hi There, Sorry your Dad has to go through this. I am not a Dr. but would think that no growth is a good sign. Certainly shrinkage is better. But from my reading, I think your dad is doing ok. My local oncologist was pretty down on my chances early on but I ended up having surgery at Mayo in Rochest...
by Gravelyguy
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please pass your positivity/wisdom today
Replies: 19
Views: 1433

Re: Please pass your positivity/wisdom today

I had a grade 3 rash across my face and chest. I also had mouth sores something fierce. My Onc never talked about not continuing. I did only do 4 rounds with it before surgery. My blood work also stayed pretty good throughout the rounds so that might be impacting the decisions. Praying for good resu...
by Gravelyguy
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: SLIGHTLY OFF TOPIC Milkweed Sap for Skin Cancer
Replies: 11
Views: 366

Re: SLIGHTLY OFF TOPIC Milkweed Sap for Skin Cancer

Let us know how it turns out. My son has several skin tags and we have a bumper crop of milk weed in our pastures.

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