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by weisssoccermom
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: blood clot in the in the brain and arms is it from Chemo?
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: blood clot in the in the brain and arms is it from Chemo?

A couple of facts that you should be aware of. 1. Cancer, by itself, predisposes a patient to blood clots. 2. Chemo can cause a patient to be diagnosed with a blood clot. Now, just because a patient has cancer doesn't mean that every can patient will end up having a clot. I was told that our bodies ...
by weisssoccermom
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 3 Sigmoid colon cancer metastasized to ovary, bladder, intestines, pelvic mass, unable to do surgery!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 593

Re: Stage 3 Sigmoid colon cancer metastasized to ovary, bladder, intestines, pelvic mass, unable to do surgery!!!

A CT isn't necessary if a PET, MRI or CT/PET was done. Some docs prefer a CT....some prefer a PET. Each test has its own benefits and it's own very different costs. My onc only did a CT UNLESS it showed something and then he would have ordered a PET. He personally wasn't a fan of the MRI. Other docs...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 3 Sigmoid colon cancer metastasized to ovary, bladder, intestines, pelvic mass, unable to do surgery!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 593

Re: Stage 3 Sigmoid colon cancer metastasized to ovary, bladder, intestines, pelvic mass, unable to do surgery!!!

I'm only guessing here, but even if the chemo shrinks the tumors, they are still likely going to take all of them out. When cancer is found, for example, on the outside of the colon, they remove that section of the colon. You are correct that cancer will almost certainly spread to the interior and/o...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 3 Sigmoid colon cancer metastasized to ovary, bladder, intestines, pelvic mass, unable to do surgery!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 593

Re: Stage 3 Sigmoid colon cancer metastasized to ovary, bladder, intestines, pelvic mass, unable to do surgery!!!

Welcome to our forum. I truly am sorry for the reasons you have to be here but welcome nevertheless. On to some of your questions. First of all, the surgery which I believe you are referring to is called a PELVIC EXENTERATION. Does that sound like the name the doctor stated? You need to understand t...
by weisssoccermom
Tue May 29, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Not sure if this is a stupid question, but ...
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: Not sure if this is a stupid question, but ...

I did my chemo and radiation locally. Oh, I went up to Seattle....to Fred Hutch ( part of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance rated as one of the top 5) and honestly, I didn't like it. While I was a stage IIA, they wanted to treat me as though I was some complicated case. They told me that they had better ...
by weisssoccermom
Mon May 28, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chances of a 8mm or 15mm Polyp being cancerous?
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: Chances of a 8mm or 15mm Polyp being cancerous?

Most doctors will tell you that smaller polyps 'TEND' not to be cancerous BUT.....you can't know without getting the biopsy results. A few years back, my best friend had her scope and they found a very tiny polyp. Doc came into the recovery area and told her that it was a tiny polyp....not to worry....
by weisssoccermom
Wed May 23, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New cancer diagnosis. Ugh!!
Replies: 32
Views: 1841

Re: New cancer diagnosis. Ugh!!

Look, if you are really uncomfortable with this surgeon, then by all means...STOP the surgery consult, don't schedule surgery and seek a second opinion. Unless your husband has a blockage or something equally emergent, waiting another week or two or even three is not going to impact the cancer. Now,...
by weisssoccermom
Tue May 22, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New cancer diagnosis. Ugh!!
Replies: 32
Views: 1841

Re: New cancer diagnosis. Ugh!!

Should have added that YES, the presence of affected nodes does change the staging. Staging is made up of three components. T, N & M The "T" 'stage' (do not confuse this with overall staging) indicates how deeply the tumor has invaded the colon/rectal wall. It is IMPOSSIBLE for a docto...
by weisssoccermom
Tue May 22, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New cancer diagnosis. Ugh!!
Replies: 32
Views: 1841

Re: New cancer diagnosis. Ugh!!

My one piece of advice.....DO NOT LET the surgeon tell you whether or not there should/should not be any follow up chemo and/or radiation. I don't care whether the surgeon is a board certified colorectal surgeon or not (my preference would be certified). NO surgeon should be giving advice like that....
by weisssoccermom
Sun May 13, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Happy Mother's Day
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers on this board. I hope you all have a wonderful day...surrounded by your kiddos and other family members. Let your kiddos make you breakfast in bed, give you those adorable 'Mommy I made you something at school' projects, etc. Overall...have a wonderful Mother's Day....
by weisssoccermom
Fri May 11, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newbie here: gallbladder or recurrence? Anyone know if gallbladder issues are common after folofox?
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: Newbie here: gallbladder or recurrence? Anyone know if gallbladder issues are common after folofox?

FYI....not all gallbladder problems are caused by gallstones and therefore don't show up on an ultrasound. I had my gallbladder out in 1996 after many episodes of upper right sided pain. Numerous ultrasounds didn't reveal any gall stones but the doctors still suspected gallbladder issues (especially...
by weisssoccermom
Wed May 09, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Long-term survival with spine mets??
Replies: 8
Views: 892

Re: Long-term survival with spine mets??

I have no idea....can only tell you that in my 11 years here on the board, I don't remember too many people with spinal mets. That's likely why you aren't getting a lot of responses. From what I know of people with other cancers who have had spinal mets (my friend had them with lung cancer and I hav...
by weisssoccermom
Wed May 09, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 41
Views: 5393

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

That is likely why having a full bladder helps to minimize the effects of the radiation on the bladder itself. Makes sense.
by weisssoccermom
Wed May 09, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 41
Views: 5393

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Obviously no one wants a patient to be in 'distress'.....feeling so uncomfortable that they are going to pee on the table. I was also told to drink about 30 minutes before each procedure. A full bladder also helps to minimize the radiation effects on the bladder. Again though, it is a side effect th...
by weisssoccermom
Wed May 09, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 41
Views: 5393

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

No actually a full bladder....for either sex....has been shown to be preferable. The bladder helps push some of the colon out of the way from the radiation field. No one may actually tell you not to have a full bladder....it's something you 'hear' about and realize that its one of those things that ...

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