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by MonaL
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2007

Bacteria play critical role in driving colon cancers

Patients with an inherited form of colon cancer harbor two bacterial species that collaborate to encourage development of the disease, and the same species have been found in people who develop a sporadic form of colon cancer... ...Using a mouse model of colon cancer, the researchers found that ani...
by MonaL
Thu May 28, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Who are the longest stage 4 survivor's on here?
Replies: 110
Views: 27452

Re: Who are the longest stage 4 survivor's on here?

My dad's cancer was found only in his colon, which they resected. Months later, it seemed to have gone straight to his liver, with a met in each lobe. Was was kinda large since it went detected for quite some time (hospital "error"). His resection and 3 mop-up rounds of chemo (xeloda) was ...
by MonaL
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question for those who became liver resectable
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: Question for those who became liver resectable

In my dad's case, it was the surgeon. Dad was pushing for surgery, onc said he wasn't a candidate. Dad's age, late seventies, may have had something to do with this. Finally the onc consulted the surgeon that said if the tumor responded to chemo after 3 rounds, he would operate. Thankfully, it respo...
by MonaL
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Tumeric?
Replies: 14
Views: 1181

Re: Tumeric?

I just posted in the other thread, no turmeric, but my dad had very good results with IP6.
by MonaL
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Xeloda alone for stage 3?
Replies: 9
Views: 777

Re: Xeloda alone for stage 3?

My Dad's stage IV treatment was Xelox (and surgery). At his last checkup (now just over 5+ years in remission), the onc told us that the new protocols state that he would not have been given the Oxy, but the Xeloda only, due to his age at the time (late seventies). As mentioned above, it's a risk/be...
by MonaL
Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone do CHELATION Therapy?
Replies: 15
Views: 2269

Re: Anyone do CHELATION Therapy?

I have often wondered about chelation therapy after chemo too, since one of the main chemo agents is platinum based. Interesting, looks like chelating something other than platinum actually helped prevent resistance to the platinum chemo: http://m.mct.aacrjournals.org/content/11/11/2483.full I did a...
by MonaL
Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 4 Survivors - Can you update us on your progress
Replies: 153
Views: 20667

Re: Stage 4 Survivors - Can you update us on your progress

Dad, diagnosed in his seventies, had(?) Stave IV - two liver mets were found months after a colon resection. He had xelox, liver resection, more xelox. Maybe 6 rounds of chemo total. He continued to take his selenium, upped his 1/2 a multivitamin to a full multi a day, and added IP6 (enzymatic thera...
by MonaL
Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: BEER AND CHEMO
Replies: 136
Views: 8387

Re: BEER AND CHEMO

Dad's onc said he could have a beer a day, but nixed the idea of any more.

I don't know if the onc would have given the same advice to a younger man, dad was in his eventies when diagnosed.
by MonaL
Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Low Initial CEA Level. Good or Bad?
Replies: 28
Views: 4870

Re: Low Initial CEA Level. Good or Bad?

I agree that CEA is a good indicator! A reading of 1 that goes up to a 3 could be as indicative of recurrence as a reading of 10 that goes to 100. A Chinese study said those who are dx'd with a CEA of 5 or less (I don't know their laboratory standards) have a higher chance of long term survival no ...
by MonaL
Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon cancer treatment for elderly
Replies: 6
Views: 4925

Re: Colon cancer treatment for elderly

Dad was about 78 when the two mets to his liver were identified. The onc told him that he was not a candidate for surgery and said that he would be ecstatic to get Dad 2 or 3 more years. Dad was pretty persistent, and got him to consult a surgeon who agreed to operate if the mets responded to chemo ...
by MonaL
Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:19 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ldh values?- Lactate dehydrogenase
Replies: 8
Views: 2031

Re: Ldh values?- Lactate dehydrogenase

Just looked at Dad's values. It was always within the normal region and fairly consistent during chemo, but after his liver resection, the LDH did drop by 50 points, and stayed at that level for the next year. It has inched up a bit since then, hoping it's nothing to worry about.
by MonaL
Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:02 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ldh values?- Lactate dehydrogenase
Replies: 8
Views: 2031

Re: Ldh values?- Lactate dehydrogenase

I was just looking at the LDH tonight for something unrelated, and ran across this thread. My dad's oncologist said that they used the LDH as a cancer marker, but he did not elaborate. On the flip side, I found this - different chemo protocol than FOLFOX, but it appears that an increased LDH in some...
by MonaL
Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: For those who have NOT had recurrance whatever the stage
Replies: 55
Views: 4572

Re: For those who have NOT had recurrance whatever the stage

Dad has been NED since 5/2009, knock wood.

I come back and check in and send healing thoughts while I lurk, since I don't have too much to post that is helpful. I remind myself that things may change instant, and not to take this remission for granted.
by MonaL
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon/Liver Resection and Adjuvant Chemo
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: Colon/Liver Resection and Adjuvant Chemo

After Dad's liver resection, he had either 2 or 3 rounds of xeloda alone. He was also taking his supplement (IP6). That was in 2009, and, knock wood, no recurrence. He does still take the IP6. His mets were over 95% dead when resected, which may be significant.

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