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by roadrunner
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Still losing weight and hair
Replies: 17
Views: 1765

Re: Still losing weight and hair

I think it is very unlikely that you would be having shortness of breath due to COVID and have normal blood tests and a normal chest x-ray, as well. I hope you get this sorted soon!
by roadrunner
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Bowel issues worried about colon cancer?
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: Bowel issues worried about colon cancer?

I agree with others that you should get this checked out. But I would not worry about it at all. Hemorrhoids are very common in general, and even more so in your specific situation (postpartum). Colorectal cancer at your age is very, very rare. Also, you may get some resistance to a request for a co...
by roadrunner
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine
Replies: 70
Views: 7801

Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Sonofafighter: This may or may not matter to you, but I just saw a news report in US media that Sinopharm results showed only 50% effectiveness in Brazil, much lower than reported initially. Again, I don’t know how credible this is, or whether it even matters to you, but just thought I’d pass it alo...
by roadrunner
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine
Replies: 70
Views: 7801

Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Immunocompromised people were excluded from the trials. That said, there is a very long history of vaccine use in immunocompromised individuals. Live, attenuated vaccines have in some cases caused problems for immunocompromised recipients, but not “killed” or inactivated vaccines, like the adenoviru...
by roadrunner
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine
Replies: 70
Views: 7801

Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Stu: Saw an interesting report this morning that intersects with our discussion above. The US FDA disagrees with the UK approach on the grounds that it is not supported by the trial data—not that it won’t work, just that there was not sufficient evidence that it would—and noted that most of the Mode...
by roadrunner
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Still losing weight and hair
Replies: 17
Views: 1765

Re: Still losing weight and hair

I usually post what I see as useful information, not expressions of emotion or empathy (quintessential male, my wife would say!), but I really feel for you right now, and since I have nothing useful to add, I just want to wish you the best for understanding what’s going on and getting better! Good l...
by roadrunner
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine
Replies: 70
Views: 7801

Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Should add: I went back and looked, and the 70% efficacy finding applies to AZ only at this point. J&J does not seem to have released data yet.

And of course availability will determine who gets what. (Well, and other things will too, but that’s a different story . . ..)
by roadrunner
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine
Replies: 70
Views: 7801

Re: Covid 19 vaccine

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this, but it is nuanced. https://amp.wbur.org/commonhealth/2020/12/18/coronavirus-vaccine-single-dose-debate The bottom line appears to be that Moderna’s (limited) data supported very strong efficacy with one shot, and Pfizer hasn’t published data. As with many va...
by roadrunner
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Oxaliplatin Dosage - Call Off
Replies: 24
Views: 2268

Re: Oxaliplatin Dosage - Call Off

I did 8 rounds of FOLFOX and I believe only 6-7 with Oxaliplatin (due to in-flight adjustments). It had massive effects on my tumor, but most seemed to occur in the early part of treatment. My oncologist, who is very conservative and strives to deliver maximal doses of the medications in a curative ...
by roadrunner
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: COVID and Vitamin D
Replies: 5
Views: 1128

Re: COVID and Vitamin D

Green Tea: Thanks for posting this, it’s a good reminder of what may well be a low-cost, low-risk way to reduce COVID-19 risk, at least somewhat. I have watched this issue for some time, and while I’m generally a strong skeptic about dietary supplements — believing instead in a balanced diet — I thi...
by roadrunner
Fri Dec 25, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine
Replies: 70
Views: 7801

Re: Covid 19 vaccine

In my view it is best to remain humble and cautious about assigning origins and blame for things like the COVID-19 pandemic. It is certainly worth keeping in mind that recent evidence shows that the virus was circulating in Italy in September of 2019, long before its initial discovery in China. (Tha...
by roadrunner
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine
Replies: 70
Views: 7801

Re: Covid 19 vaccine

In the US, the recent CDC guidelines, which may or may not be adopted by each state, place those with high-risk conditions such as cancer in the 3rd tranche (behind 1a: healthcare workers and nursing facility patients and staff, and 1b: 75+ and “essential workers”). Since “essential workers” are ahe...
by roadrunner
Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 4 “no cure without surgery”
Replies: 23
Views: 3084

Re: Stage 4 “no cure without surgery”

First let me say that you’ve been one of the people on this site who’ve inspired me in my own cancer fight with your courage, vitality, fight, and yes — your ability to beat tall odds. I should’ve thanked you before, but I will now. Thank you. Now to your question. I have faced only Stage 3 disease ...
by roadrunner
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine
Replies: 70
Views: 7801

Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Just for clarity, Pfizer and Moderna are mRNA vaccines, which means that there is not even a complete killed virus involved. In general, concerns over vaccine safety for immunicompromised individuals are associated with weakened live virus vaccines. None of the potential COVID-19 candidates uses tha...
by roadrunner
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal bleeding(Maybe a tear or hemorrhoid)
Replies: 36
Views: 4516

Re: Rectal bleeding(Maybe a tear or hemorrhoid)

DE: Thanks for understanding. I shouldn’t have assumed that you had the option to switch. Very American of me I guess. :? Will have to work on that . . .

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