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by Punky44
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Finally got staging and plan for DH, rectal cancer
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Re: Finally got staging and plan for DH, rectal cancer

Your plan sounds very similar to my mom’s—they want to be aggressive with her Stage 3 diagnosis and do neoadjuvant chemo (the one you described) for 8 rounds. Then she is a candidate for short-course radiation followed by surgery.

Stage 3 is definitely beatable (curable)!
by Punky44
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Cancerversary
Replies: 8
Views: 180

Re: Cancerversary

I’m living the crappy year right now and hope and pray I can be in your shoes next year with my mom. I know this will always leave a lasting scar because the holidays have just been and continue to be a blur.
by Punky44
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Adjuvant Chemo
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: Adjuvant Chemo

If you are Stage 3, I believe mop up chemo is strongly recommended. You want to make sure you beat this. I know it is scary but chemo for colorectal cancer is generally more tolerable than chemos for other cancers (like breast cancer.) Everyone reacts differently obviously but many seem to be able t...
by Punky44
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A very merry NED update
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: A very merry NED update

Congratulations!!
by Punky44
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Sigh! Nervous again
Replies: 13
Views: 428

Re: Sigh! Nervous again

Wonderful news!
by Punky44
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Heartbroken
Replies: 12
Views: 530

Re: Heartbroken

I am so sorry.
by Punky44
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT scans on Wednesday
Replies: 8
Views: 310

Re: CT scans on Wednesday

I’ll be praying for you!
by Punky44
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Sigh! Nervous again
Replies: 13
Views: 428

Re: Sigh! Nervous again

Praying for a clean scan!

I felt the same thing after the first dose of the prep. I was like hmm I wonder if they would ever know if I didn’t do this second one. (But I did anyway ha!)
by Punky44
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: No longer NED - DEVASTATED
Replies: 37
Views: 1589

Re: No longer NED - DEVASTATED

I am so sorry. That is really rediculous that no one called to discuss first. Will you be switching oncs?
by Punky44
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anal fissure or hemorrhoids or colon cancer?
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Anal fissure or hemorrhoids or colon cancer?

I suffer from health anxiety and my mom’s diagnosis of rectal cancer made me terrified I might have it as well bc I also experienced intermittent rectal bleeding episodes. Absolutely nothing would calm my fears but a colonoscopy. So I had one. I was lucky in that I didn’t have to fight too hard to g...
by Punky44
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question About Staging
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Question About Staging

First of all, it’s great news that your CT didn’t show any organ involvement. I am guessing your next scan is an MRI—I asked this exact questions of doctors when my mom was between scans and got this answer: it is possible for an MRI to pick up something the CT can’t, particularly in the pelvic regi...
by Punky44
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer Stage 3b or 4 (Still being Diagnosed) in London England
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Rectal Cancer Stage 3b or 4 (Still being Diagnosed) in London England

You are very informed on your diagnosis and the terminology which is a wonderful thing. We battled the uncertainty of being Stage 3 or Stage 4 for a week or so and it was torturous. Two things I want to let you know: 1. Your 5 week wait from dx to treatment is not uncommon. Search my threads bc I as...

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