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by Zackattack
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Hi All, Just wanted to give an update. Been doing chemo, on my third round of Xelox (Capox). Side effects are mostly just really annoying, my body seems to be tolerating everything well. Nausea and I'm not interested in any food practically (but i'm eating). Completely not myself, low energy, out of...
by Zackattack
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Hi All, Wanted to drop in and provide an update. Been taking Xeloda since Tuesday morning, and had the infusion of Oxaliplatin Tuesday afternoon. Tues/Wed easy days and I pushed myself to go work out at the gym. Thursday the steroid or whatever wore off and the nausea was pretty real. I didn't take ...
by Zackattack
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

The two levels that were elevated were
Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST), Plasma 47 U/L [<=37 U/L]
Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), Plasma 130 U/L [<=55 U/L]

No chemo ever before this blood test at 1pm today, except for taking the Xeloda earlier in the day (11am approx)

Thanks!
by Zackattack
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Feeling loopy so far, if I get up too fast from the couch I see white in my peripherals for a few seconds but don't feel like passing out. Other than that, a tinge of nausea for a few minutes that passes. The neuropathy is weird, I'd describe it almost like the feeling you get of numbness on your to...
by Zackattack
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Hi, and thank you for all the replies. Earlier today I took my first dose of Xeloda and nothing abnormal yet. I'm currently receiving the Oxaliplatin right now and everything seems as good as it can be. My only concern was that when the blood was drawn and tested earlier the liver enzymes were eleva...
by Zackattack
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Glad you're feeling good over all and hope the adjustment to the port is easy for you, Zack. You are doing well and putting one foot in front of the other to get to where you need to be. I'm finally adjusted to the weird feeling. I thought I'd be used to it only when it's about to be removed lol. H...
by Zackattack
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Feeling okay a few days out now. Was Friday @ 1pm. Friday night began the pain, not the worst but just uncomfortable and it did hurt a bit. Saturday I was super low energy but it def could have been the super strong edible I took ;-) Today it feels itchy but I won't scratch it obviously. The redness...
by Zackattack
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Good luck tomorrow Zack! I think you'll be pleased to have your port. Thank you! Have been reading about your journey and hoping that your treatment goes as great as possible. I see you're getting radiation first -- mine was removed, and then resected for better margins so I never got the radiation...
by Zackattack
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Port installation tomorrow, mildly nervous again. The idea of something under my skin and semi permanent is freaking me out but I know it's the right decision. What abnormal pains should I look out for after the surgery?

Chemo to begin Sept 24th.
by Zackattack
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

I've heard that taking B vitamins during chemo can reduce neuropathy, thoughts if it's 100% safe? The B-group is strictly out by my onc as they are strong antioxidants. I load up on them during treatment breaks (particularly methylated B5 and B9, plus B12 from memory - can check this if you’re inte...
by Zackattack
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

You're not a doctor (I assume). I left that to the experts but made sure to tell them about any and all side effects. My Oxi and Xeloda dosages both were lowered during my chemo. Absolutely right Horizon -- I should leave the dr'ing to the dr's. I called my Oncologist's office to discuss the dosage...
by Zackattack
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Thanks Mike! What permanent side effects did you get from the Xeloda? I called the Dr. regarding the dose and it is 4 pills during day and 3 at night, that's only 3500mg and i'm 5'11" 140 lbs (1.78 m² Body Surface Area). I believe I should be around 4300/4600mg and want to hit it strong and am ...
by Zackattack
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Update: My new oncologist was very open to my treatment. She had no preference between Folfox and Capox. I chose the CAPOX because I would rather take the pills for 2 weeks a cycle instead of bringing home things and trying to sleep with machines pumping into my veins. Personal preference. She recom...
by Zackattack
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New Here and Going Under the Knife 9/4
Replies: 28
Views: 2202

Re: New Here and Going Under the Knife 9/4

Same, wishing you the best of recoveries and take it hour by hour. A little blood in your stool can be normal, so don't freak out. Try and get walking asap, even day 1 if they recommend it. Try to get off narcotics and switch to Tylenol/ibuprofen if they allow it. It should help the bowels get back ...
by Zackattack
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 144
Views: 17328

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

So the 15 was actually a misprint -- it was the total number of lymph nodes sampled. So 2/15. The pathologist issued a retraction and fixed it. Regarding the port, will be meeting with the oncologist on 9/3 and taking it from there. I'm currently leaning getting a low profile power port due to every...

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