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by weisssoccermom
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA and thyroid
Replies: 12
Views: 513

Re: CEA and thyroid

Diane...I can understand why your onc won't start you on a thyroid medication. Just because your blood levels are low, most docs want to know WHY your thyroid is low. Do you Hashimoto's or something else? When I was dxd with Hashimoto's, it was after many blood tests and a nuclear scan of my thyroid...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T Need to vent
Replies: 25
Views: 803

Re: O/T Need to vent

We were once in the position where we had to remove our son from our insurance or have the entire family forced into a high risk group, simply because of one accident. Fortunately, we were able to change insurance with no problems. I don't understand WHY you just don't drop him from your insurance. ...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T....need a hospital in Alabama....son needs hernia surgery
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: O/T....need a hospital in Alabama....son needs hernia surgery

Sorry, no info....don't live anywhere near there but....I am not sure I would worry too much about a hospital in Birmingham for hernia surgery. There are the hospitals affiliated with University of Alabama (assuming that they have a medical school...but not sure) and ones in the St. Vincent group. A...
by weisssoccermom
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Thoughts on chemo for stage II patients?
Replies: 16
Views: 548

Re: Thoughts on chemo for stage II patients?

I was diagnosed a stage IIA and from my signature I've been around this board for a long time now.....11 year survivor. I opted for a less invasive surgery and yes, I went for the chemo. One dose of oxi....really bad reaction but finished up with Xeloda. If I had to do it over I would DEFINITELY go ...
by weisssoccermom
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Digestive issues after rectal cancer treatment
Replies: 20
Views: 888

Re: Digestive issues after rectal cancer treatment

YEARS ago when I had my gallbladder removed, I had severe problems with diarrhea.....didn't matter what I ate or didn't eat.....and apparently the 'diarrhea' thing is a common problem (although the docs never tell YOU about it unless YOU ask) after gallbladder surgery. Anyway, after I approached my ...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New here......not a club I planned to join!
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: New here......not a club I planned to join!

Hello there. AS you said, this is not a club you planned to join but we will hopefully give you advice, hope and just be there when you need to vent or ask questions. My first question to you is to wonder if any doctor ever suggested having chemoradiation first to attempt to shrink the tumor? Next, ...
by weisssoccermom
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New and husband just diagnosed
Replies: 36
Views: 5258

Re: New and husband just diagnosed

As I said in an earlier post, rectal cancer staging and the whole process can take TIME. Rectal cancer staging isn't usually done after surgery because most patients with rectal cancer have some form of neoadjuvant (before surgery) treatment such as chemoradiation or chemo. IF, however, the scan sho...
by weisssoccermom
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New and husband just diagnosed
Replies: 36
Views: 5258

Re: New and husband just diagnosed

FIrst of all....BREATHE. I know that is easier said than done but you have to remember that this is all going to take some time. Some patients have doctors that move a little faster than others but be prepared for whatever comes your way....with respect to the timing. A day or so here or there, whil...
by weisssoccermom
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 356
Views: 14833

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

One thing I want to stress to you is this. PLEASE, no matter how much you like your surgeon, do NOT let him tell you whether or not you need chemo. That is NOT his specialty and NOT his job. Too often, you'll find that the surgeon will give his/her 2 cents on whether or not the patient needs chemo o...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 356
Views: 14833

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

I have so many questions...If it is an old and large tumor is it a stage 4? Will Chemo make me lose my hair? Can I still work? How do I tell a 12 and 15 yr old that their mother has cancer? It's a disgusting place to be. Tumor age and size has nothing to do with stage. Stage of cancer is determined...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 356
Views: 14833

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

Based on your last post, pretty darn definite (if you are sure about the location) that you don't have rectal cancer....so the extra testing/appointments/wait shouldn't be an issue for you at all. I might suggest that you take a step back and unless a medical professional has told you that this is a...
by weisssoccermom
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NEW-Need some positivity here.
Replies: 356
Views: 14833

Re: NEW-Need some positivity here.

First of all, welcome to our site. I am sorry you had to find us but hopefully you'll find a wealth of information here that can help you. Now, you didn't say where exactly your mass was located so it is difficult to give you some specific information. The reason is simple. IF you have a mass in the...
by weisssoccermom
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation after surgery instead of before
Replies: 5
Views: 591

Re: Radiation after surgery instead of before

People DO have radiation after surgery - it is not that uncommon. Sometimes people with colon cancer lower down in the tract find that after surgery the pathology report indicates that clean margins were not obtained. In that case, it is very common for the patient to have radiation. Generally, the ...
by weisssoccermom
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: ASCO study on shorter chemo for stage3's
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: ASCO study on shorter chemo for stage3's

Prop321...what your oncologist is saying is the correct answer. First of all, no one is ever 'downstaged'.....unless something was incorrect in the original diagnosis. The 'yp' on the pathology report is there to clarify that the pathology report is AFTER some sort of treatment....be it radiation, c...
by weisssoccermom
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: O/T I Was Refused Employment Due To My Cancer.
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Re: O/T I Was Refused Employment Due To My Cancer.

I'm also curious....what is the meat comment all about? As for being discrimination....mostly yes but.....IF you are asking the employer (and this is only an 'if) to make a change (hours) that would inhibit the employer from doing the job, then yes, the employer has a right to say no to you....based...

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