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by KimT
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: HELP! suspended treatment (nephrology)
Replies: 8
Views: 228

Re: HELP! suspended treatment (nephrology)

Have they mentioned dialysis? In my experience as a nurse, stage 4 kidney disease requires dialysis. They may not be able to resume chemo until dialysis is begun.
by KimT
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Insurance question: Are colonoscopies considered preventative?
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Insurance question: Are colonoscopies considered preventative?

I have to pay towards my deductible for mine. Most insurance don’t consider preventive once you have been diagnosed with cancer. It’s considered follow up.
by KimT
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm getting worried
Replies: 17
Views: 888

Re: I'm getting worried

I get yearly colonoscopies. I’ve had several gi doctors as we have moved a lot in the last 10 years. I always get my pathology reports by mail. It’s pretty common to send it by mail if it’s benign. I wouldn’t worry. They would have called if there was a malignancy.
by KimT
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rogaine! seems to be working for me
Replies: 14
Views: 1087

Re: Rogaine! seems to be working for me

I used rogaine for a few months. It works great but you do have to keep using it. When I stopped, my hair loss was more than before I had started using it. I’m now on a hair supplement called halo beauty. I’ve had amazing results with regrowth. My hair grows faster than ever before. It took a year t...
by KimT
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 484

Re: Questions

We aren’t doctors. We cant guess on your situation. Good luck. Let us know how your biopsy turns out.
by KimT
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Worried about chemo port
Replies: 24
Views: 1762

Re: Worried about chemo port

I’m a nurse although I do not have a lot of experience with the chest chemo ports. As I recall, they are pretty well buttoned down. Unless you see that the length of the tube outside is longer than before, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I’d just mention it to the doctor or chemo nurse next time...
by KimT
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Worrying symptoms
Replies: 13
Views: 1292

Re: Worrying symptoms

Calm down. I don’t mind questions from people who don’t have cancer but I do mind when people act hysterical as if they are on deaths door when they have not diagnosed. Palliative care is the reality of some of the members of this board. Have a little sensitivity when you come to a board of cancer p...
by KimT
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Life insurance, anyone?
Replies: 15
Views: 1525

Re: Life insurance, anyone?

It might be beneficial to hire a financial planner. We have had one for 20 years. He has been very helpful in us maximizing our savings/investments and preparing for every possible outcome should one of us die or become disabled. Especially if it’s my husband as I have not worked in 10 years. A fina...
by KimT
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Life insurance, anyone?
Replies: 15
Views: 1525

Re: Life insurance, anyone?

It will probably be quite difficult to get life insurance with a stage 4 diagnosis and doing active treatment.
by KimT
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy Scheduled but nervous and looking for advice/talking off the ledge
Replies: 4
Views: 681

Re: Colonoscopy Scheduled but nervous and looking for advice/talking off the ledge

Only a colonoscopy will tell for sure what is going on. You’ve got one scheduled which is a good thing.

We are not doctors and speculating on what might be your problem would be irresponsible.

Good luck.
by KimT
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scared I might have advanced cancer
Replies: 26
Views: 3004

Re: Scared I might have advanced cancer

No, thats about the only test they haven't done yet. I'm afraid of having one fearing the results! Does what I have described sound like cancer or alarming? Did you have a colonoscopy? If not, get one. A colonoscopy is the only thing that will definitely diagnose whether or not you have cancer or a...
by KimT
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scared I might have advanced cancer
Replies: 26
Views: 3004

Re: Scared I might have advanced cancer

We are not doctors and it would be irresponsible for us to speculate on what is going on with you. Take all this information you have gathered about your symptoms and request a colonoscopy. Could be something, could be nothing. But we are not qualified to guess on your situation. We are just cancer ...
by KimT
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Could this be colon cancer?
Replies: 7
Views: 1051

Re: Could this be colon cancer?

We are not doctors. We are just colon cancer survivors or loved ones of survivors. Each of our situations are unique. People present with different symptoms or some no symptoms at all. You are seeing a doctor which is the right thing to do for any health concern.

Best of luck.
by KimT
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: HELP. Mother’s treatment wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: HELP. Mother’s treatment wrong?

I don’t see anything inappropriate about the care your mother has received thus far. Until the pathology report is back, it’s a waiting game. No plan can be made until pathology is done. She can’t do any kind of chemo if it’s needed until 6+ weeks after surgery. She may not see an oncologist for a c...

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