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by rtcasper
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectum cancer
Replies: 39
Views: 14213

Re: Newly diagnosed rectum cancer

OK, my update. Had my reversal surgery last Tuesday, the 8th? I think it was. One night in the hospital and sent home on Wednesday. I experienced some loose stool,clustering at about 2 am,was up and walking around immediately, so they felt comfortable sending me home. It's been a tough go this first...
by rtcasper
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reversal Log: Experience,Problems, Q & A's
Replies: 436
Views: 81563

Re: Reversal Log: Experience,Problems, Q & A's

Bump, great thread for those looking into the future
by rtcasper
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 20
Views: 3353

Re: What surgery should I have?

I'm not 100% sure either, as I only received 5 days of radiation prior to surgery. ..that seemed to be a compromise treatment between the rectum vs.colon typical plans. My rectum was removed down to the "..." line, I forget what it's called, plus approx 18 inches of colon. As far as the po...
by rtcasper
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1522
Views: 320684

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

I just wanted to add to the idea of stress being a huge contributing factor, if not the root cause, to cancer. When i was first DX,they told me that they estimated my tumor had been forming basically for about 8-10 years. Of course, I thought back to around that time and was in fact going through a ...
by rtcasper
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 20
Views: 3353

Re: What surgery should I have?

Hi, as you can see by my signature, mine was 12-13.5 cm from anal verge, difference between imaging and surgeon's sigmoidoscopy. I'm about 99% certain you're going to have a LAR. I did, had illeostomy,and had reversal surgery this past Tuesday actually. There's nothing about this journey that is ple...
by rtcasper
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: No chemoradiation before surgery
Replies: 12
Views: 1219

Re: No chemoradiation before surgery

Hi, I was given a short course, 5-days of radiation only, followed by surgery. This will be followed by a reversal and I will not be receiving any adjuvant therapy either-for the exact reasons your Dr.identified-they felt it would be over treatment in my case. I receive my care through Cleveland cli...
by rtcasper
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Severe pain while walking after LAR
Replies: 7
Views: 832

Re: Severe pain while walking after LAR

Im sorry to hear you are in such pain. To be honest, I had absolutely no pain associated with my surgery, a little bit of discomfort in the abdominal area was all. I did request a nerve block of my stomach before operating though,and I think that made all the difference. My belly was kind of numb fo...
by rtcasper
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Extra stoma supplies
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Re: Extra stoma supplies

Thanks for the replies,and thank you Phuong, I'll ship them out ASAP
by rtcasper
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Almost 6 years
Replies: 29
Views: 2712

Re: Almost 6 years

Awesome Kiwi, best of future luck to you as well!
by rtcasper
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Extra stoma supplies
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Extra stoma supplies

Hi everyone, I've got a few extra stoma supplies that I'm not going to use and was wondering if anybody here might need them or have any ideas on what I should do with them? Some barrier rings, flat coloplast 1 piece pouches (4), belts and mefix self adhesive fabric-all unopened. If you need anythin...
by rtcasper
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectum cancer
Replies: 39
Views: 14213

Re: Newly diagnosed rectum cancer

Hi Mike, Yeah, luckily, no accidents. I did build a little kit for traveling, work, etc. Just in case. I've been sleeping in my recliner since I got back home from surgery, it keeps me ever so slightly upright and I can't really roll from side to side. It's been great, tho my wife likely wouldn't ag...
by rtcasper
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hi, I'm new to the club
Replies: 14
Views: 1876

Re: Hi, I'm new to the club

Hi, sorry for the reason you are here,but you couldn't be with a better group of people. I second the major cancer center opinion, they just have so much more experience with this terrible disease, and especially considering you are a stage 4. And believe me, you can't go wrong with Cleveland clinic...
by rtcasper
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectum cancer
Replies: 39
Views: 14213

Re: Newly diagnosed rectum cancer

Hi guys, just an update. A little over 3 weeks out from surgery, went back to work earlier in the week. I work moat of the day til I'm tired, then head home. The bag is getting easier to deal with, I won't go so far as to say I hardly notice it, but it's bearable. Had a bad day about a week ago afte...
by rtcasper
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?
Replies: 19
Views: 2497

Re: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?

If I was in your situation, and money or time was no obstacle, then I would go across country. But like u said, what about potential complications or just being well enough to travel back home? I'm 2.5 weeks out from surgery myself, and while I'm sure I could fly across country if needed, it wouldn'...
by rtcasper
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New diagnosis and scared
Replies: 30
Views: 4199

Re: New diagnosis and scared

Hi spazzy,I'm sorry about your stage 4 diag,but as you can see from this forum, there are many such people that are living long, healthy lives. I certainly hope this is the same for you. I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents. I live about midway between the James and Cleveland clinic and I chose to g...

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