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by dianetavegia
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Help with bowels
Replies: 69
Views: 9149

Re: Help with bowels

Once my bm's were regular, I decreased Miralax to 1/2 cap a day due to messy bms.
by dianetavegia
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My recent significant CEA jump.
Replies: 27
Views: 3351

Re: My recent significant CEA jump.

Benign polyps AND stomach ulcers (from the Excedrin) can cause elevated CEA's as can hypothyroid and Biotin found in vitamins. I had a slightly elevated CEA with bad sinus infections and walking pneumonia. BTW....... MRI's for abdome/ CT for lungs, etc. Bev who died last year from diabetes had a ver...
by dianetavegia
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Does CEA fluctuate in healthy individuals
Replies: 19
Views: 1968

Re: Does CEA fluctuate in healthy individuals

Even vitamins can elevate a CEA. Biotin, found in vitamins and pills sold for hair and nails can cause false positives.

Hypothyroidism causes elevated CEA's. Mine has never been the same 2 readings in a row.
by dianetavegia
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 7 1/2 years post Stage IV liver resection
Replies: 10
Views: 792

7 1/2 years post Stage IV liver resection

I finally got my CEA results and it remains well within normal range 7 1/2 years after 80% of my liver was removed (Stage IVa) and almost 11 years since my original diagnosis (Stage III). I see the oncologist for my final time tomorrow morning and will be discharged as 'cured'. After the first year,...
by dianetavegia
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Help with bowels
Replies: 69
Views: 9149

Re: Help with bowels

Gastro told me to take 1 full cap of Miralax daily until I had a large BM and then lower dosage to 1/2 cap to see if that would keep me regular. Studies of long term use of Miralax shows no concerns. I've been doing it for about 2 years now and haven't had any more concerns. I put it in my first cup...
by dianetavegia
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer
Replies: 218
Views: 21607

Re: Newly diagnosed rectal cancer

Low thyroid can cause false elevated CEA so might want to work on that, too.

Best of luck,
Diane
by dianetavegia
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Thoughts on Stage IV...
Replies: 24
Views: 2861

Re: Thoughts on Stage IV...

I go in 13 days for my CEA and if that's still nice and 'low norm', I'll be discharged from my onc's care and will have been cancer free for 7 1/2 years and just under 11 years since original Stage III dx.
by dianetavegia
Sun May 12, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Re: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms here!
by dianetavegia
Sun May 12, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mild ascites and jaundice - cancer spread to liver?
Replies: 20
Views: 3435

Re: Mild ascites and jaundice - cancer spread to liver?

Main Findings In this older population-based Rancho Bernardo study cohort, small but incremental increases in bilirubin occurred with increasing age. This association between age and bilirubin was observed in the cross-sectional analyses of the baseline cohort and over time in longitudinal analyses...
by dianetavegia
Sun May 12, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Peggy Lipton, 'The Mod Squad' colon cancer 2004 RIP 5/2019
Replies: 1
Views: 748

Peggy Lipton, 'The Mod Squad' colon cancer 2004 RIP 5/2019

The article says she was dx'd and treated for colon cancer 15 years ago and she died of cancer yesterday. Her tumor was found during a routine colonoscopy. News reports only discuss her Stage III dx, surgery and 22 treatments of chemo in 2004. One daughter says she died of colon cancer.
by dianetavegia
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Finally reached the 'forgot I had cancer' spot!
Replies: 16
Views: 2308

Re: Finally reached the 'forgot I had cancer' spot!

You are cured but I definitely recommend getting CEA tests at least annually as it never hurts be cautious. I'll have my final CEA with my onc this October and then I've asked my primary to continue once a year until I've passed 10 years since my liver resection. It's already been 10 years 4 months...
by dianetavegia
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Finally reached the 'forgot I had cancer' spot!
Replies: 16
Views: 2308

Finally reached the 'forgot I had cancer' spot!

I thought I'd never forget about Stage IV cancer but I go weeks and when it does come to mind I think it must have been a dream. April 11th was 7 years since my liver resection and the rib pain is pretty much gone. I had to look up the date! My TSH for my thyroid is finally stable and my energy is b...
by dianetavegia
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Female Pains AFTER radiation, No Doc will Listen...
Replies: 53
Views: 15329

Re: Female Pains AFTER radiation, No Doc will Listen...

I'm not going to read 5 pages of replies so someone might have mentioned this. A church friend who is much younger than me has IC. I think it's interstitial cystitis. She has to cath herself three times a day and spray the inside of her bladder with a pain killer. A surgeon has offered to cut the ne...
by dianetavegia
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: First Time Here - Anxiety is High
Replies: 26
Views: 4807

Re: First Time Here - Anxiety is High

It certainly is a good idea to go ahead and be checked, but I wanted to assure you that most shapes, sizes, flat, round, colors other than white as snow or black as fresh road tar are all fine. Even the best doctor may still believe 'pencil stool' means cancer. Nope. Now NO pooh and not able to pass...
by dianetavegia
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is colon cancer curable completely?
Replies: 11
Views: 1932

Re: Is colon cancer curable completely?

I was discharged and pronounced cured this October. I started off Stage III and three years later had a tiny liver met. It’s been 10 years since my original diagnosis and just under 7 since my liver resection. Studies have shown that patients who remain cancer free at 6.48 years after surgery for a ...

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