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by CF_69
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hope for Stage 3 and 4 - one man's story
Replies: 6
Views: 1488

Re: Hope for Stage 3 and 4 - one man's story

I had a similar, though far less egregious experience with a doctor when I finally decided to get checked out after months of rationalizing away the symptoms I did have. Drank too much the night before, ate the wrong thing, probably just hemorrhoids, etc. The doctor actually told me it was just hemo...
by CF_69
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Sigmoid Resection Recovery Question
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Re: Sigmoid Resection Recovery Question

My surgeon said it can take 18-24 months to get to “normal.”

Your body has been through a lot.

Drinking kefir has really helped me, but in my case I only drink it about twice a week or it overcorrects.

For the plane ride maybe pop a few imodiums before?
by CF_69
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: chemoradiation therapy for rectosigmoid
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: chemoradiation therapy for rectosigmoid

My adenocarcinoma was about 12cm from the anal verge. It was not recommended that I have treatment prior to LAR. I consulted with two surgeons. I chose a surgeon who specializes in colorectal procedures - That is all he does day in and day out. He did a flexible sigmoid procedure three days prior t...
by CF_69
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: chemoradiation therapy for rectosigmoid
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: chemoradiation therapy for rectosigmoid

My tumour was also rectosigmoid. I was about 15 cm from anal verge, depending on who measured. I was also treated as rectal. If you had suspicious nodes, that could be why they wanted to hit you with chemoradiation before surgery. There’s a saying I like. I used to use it when it came to beers, but...
by CF_69
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: chemoradiation therapy for rectosigmoid
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: chemoradiation therapy for rectosigmoid

My tumour was also rectosigmoid. I was about 15 cm from anal verge, depending on who measured. I was also treated as rectal. If you had suspicious nodes, that could be why they wanted to hit you with chemoradiation before surgery. There’s a saying I like. I used to use it when it came to beers, but ...
by CF_69
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Cancer and coffee????
Replies: 12
Views: 1396

Re: Cancer and coffe????

I stopped drinking coffee for several months after diagnosis, but started up again as I enjoy it, and couldn’t find any evidence that it’s unhealthy or bad for cancer patients.
by CF_69
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New member - scared & looking for tips
Replies: 35
Views: 3198

Re: New member - scared & looking for tips

Malidosa, My siblings also got checked because of me, as did my parents. They found and removed 3 polyps in one of them. Not cancer, but that’s how a lot of tumours get started. I know it’s probably hard to see it right now, but whatever they found in your brother would have grown for god knows how ...
by CF_69
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1668
Views: 389509

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

Just wondering what you think of elliptical machines. I’ve only just started working out again because of my back. I’ve always had back problems, and was diagnosed with a herniated L5-S1 back around 2009. Seems my LAR or the hospital bed or walking too much too soon made it get worse than it’s ever ...
by CF_69
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 5246

Re: Post surgery update

Well I had 6 month post surgery scans come back clear at the end of September. My oncologist released me to my family doctor for monitoring, so I take that as very positive. I have a colonoscopy coming up in about 2 months then another CT scan in September. I finally started to work out again. Mostl...
by CF_69
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: In need of metastasis education
Replies: 21
Views: 2484

Re: In need of metastasis education

I always thought clear margins referred to cancer free tissue on both sides of the tumor after it has been removed.

Cancer sucks.
by CF_69
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?
Replies: 42
Views: 6805

Re: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?

I did 25 days of radiation and chemo pills before surgery. I was told to have a full bladder, and that was the most difficult part for me to manage. Either I was too full or not full enough. I probably hit the “sweet spot” a handful of times. I would go in with my own clothes, pull my pants down to ...
by CF_69
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Freaking out of my mind...CEA climb and specks on lungs
Replies: 41
Views: 4854

Re: Freaking out of my mind...CEA climb and specks on lungs

They always leave some ‘wiggle room’ when describing these things. I mean they are never definite.

Looks like a good scan to me. I know it’s next to impossible, but try to relax as much as you can.
by CF_69
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1668
Views: 389509

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

I read they were prebiotics and that your body may not actually like probiotics and could attack the bacteria as an invader but of course I do know that everyone reacts differently and there’s a lot of bro science with health supplements too.

Seemed to help.

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