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by jts
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

I am about half way through 6 weeks of chemo-radiation now. I am surprised how uncomfortable it is already after three weeks. The rad doctor gave me some anti-inflammatory drug, and I got a cream called Bepanthen that is soothing on the outside. But it is getting really difficult to concentrate at w...
by jts
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

I'm a little unclear on what you wrote. You wrote: - and their guidelines will always say chemoradiation is the way to go - but he also wants to shrink the tumor and then, - I asked the oncologist about neoadjuvant chemo, but he is very against it. and, in the guidelines: - Neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
by jts
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer
Replies: 173
Views: 14620

Re: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer

I don't recall anyone else doing 28 days straight of Xeloda. I was just trying to count up how much longer I have to go because it seems so very far away. I realized that the Xeloda is more than 28 straight days. The radiation is 28 days, then I have the chemo on the weekends in between, also. They...
by jts
Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

Hi, Thanks everyone for the replies. I thought I would post an update from last week. There are two hospitals in my city that are certified for colo-rectal cancer. The smaller one is the one I visited before (they do about 40 rectal surgeries per year, but I had trouble communicating with the surgeo...
by jts
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Do I need to eat meat during chemoradiation?
Replies: 11
Views: 556

Re: Do I need to eat meat during chemoradiation?

Thanks everyone for sharing your advice. Like I said, the Oncologist said it doesn't matter. They'll be checking my blood each week, so if I become deficient in something I guess they'll tell me. I took my first pills this morning, and have the first radiotherapy this afternoon. It feels good to be ...
by jts
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Do I need to eat meat during chemoradiation?
Replies: 11
Views: 556

Do I need to eat meat during chemoradiation?

Hi CRC veterans I have a rectal tumor and am about to start 6 weeks of chemo radiation. Can anyone point me to anecdotes or evidence that eating meat during this whole process helps? I'm in my 40s and have been vegetarian since my teens. My wife was always kind-of bothered by my not eating meat. Now...
by jts
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

Thanks to everyone for your responses. The saga of rectal cancer treatment in Germany continues. I have had some more tests and finally started the process of arranging treatment. The clinic that did the colonoscopy arranged for me to meet with a surgeon at the hospital they normally work with. This...
by jts
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday
Replies: 142
Views: 16283

Re: Quick intro -- diagnosed Friday

Hi. I'm sorry to read about your tumor, and lymphnodes. But I just wanted to thank you for your upbeat post-surgery posts. You are making me dread rectal surgery a little less.

jts
by jts
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

Thanks to everyone for replying. I felt the need to post a follow-up. I had my MRI today and it seems to be mixed, as I understand it. The tumor is about 6cm long, not round like I had pictured it, but more an irregular thickening of the rectal wall. The part covered by tumor is at least 8mm from th...
by jts
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

DarknessEmbraced wrote:Welcome to the group and sorry for your diagnosis!*hugs* I don't know about cancer surgeons but I wanted to send you support and hugs! I hope it all works for you!*hugs*


Thank you. *Hugs* back!

jts
by jts
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

Sure jts, I’ll have a go. Just remember these are generalisations and may not apply to every country/hospital/doctor. The protocols for stages I-III will be pretty similar. The main two differences are: - Europe tends toward “short-course” radiation before surgery (ie higher daily dose over 5 days,...
by jts
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

I’m in Canada and my oncologist told me that at my stage (2A) that the post surgery options are quite different. Specifically that in the USA I would get adjuvant chemo, and in Europe, I would not. Thanks, I will ask the doctors about that. My understanding is that, absent some extra risk factors, ...
by jts
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

This place from what I heard is one of the top institutions around the world and big on cancer treatment. https://www.heidelberg-university-hospital.com/home/ [...] Rikimaroo Thank you. Yes, I see the clinic in Heidelberg and the clinic in Erlangen (for CR cancer) mentioned often in the darmkrebs.d...
by jts
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

I was in a similar situation. I was working in Indonesia when diagnosed. Obviously staying in Indo wasn’t an option so I came back to the US. At first I was worried about Insurance, but with the ACA it’s really not an issue if you can afford it. For about $12k/year you get access to the best oncolo...
by jts
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diagnosed while working abroad
Replies: 38
Views: 2460

Re: Diagnosed while working abroad

Thank you to everyone that replied. Sorry it took awhile to reply. My IP keeps getting blocked.

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