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by weisssoccermom
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ Dec 4 /2018
Replies: 229
Views: 79246

Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ Dec 4 /2018

It stinks when our pups get cancer.....honestly I think it is harder because; (1) they can't tell us how they are feeling, (2) we don't know if we want to put them through the exhaustive treatments like chemo/radiation, (3) the cost is something that needs to be dealt with and (4) in many cases, our...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ Dec 4 /2018
Replies: 229
Views: 79246

Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ Dec/2018

Hey CR, Glad to hear that all is well on BOTH fronts. Always good news when our CT scans come out clean. I take it the lung thingies were of no concern?? Also glad to hear that the pups is doing well. I'd write more but I am tired. Lots of things to get done today...getting close to Christmas and al...
by weisssoccermom
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ Dec 4 /2018
Replies: 229
Views: 79246

Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ Nov/2018

CR....you know me and my pups....nothing was or is out of bounds. Well, I say that and a few weeks ago, my 14 year old (last one) beagle was dxd with transitional cell carcinoma. Small lesion in her vaginal canal that was causing some minor spotting at night (she wears a diaper so as not to tinkle o...
by weisssoccermom
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: No chemoradiation before surgery
Replies: 12
Views: 503

Re: No chemoradiation before surgery

First of all, to clear up some confusion....radiation is generally NOT given to patients with colon cancer UNLESS, the surgical pathological report indicates that the margins were not clean and/or too small. So, the OP indicates that rectal cancer was the diagnosis that he/she received. (BTW, Dr. Jo...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ Dec 4 /2018
Replies: 229
Views: 79246

Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ Nov/2018

Just saw this.....hope things continue to go in the right direction.
Keep us informed about that lung thang.
Sending you positive thoughts!!!
by weisssoccermom
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Weight
Replies: 12
Views: 793

Re: Weight

I'm overweight but not by that much and I have been cancer free now for over 11 years. I'm not saying your hubs shouldn't try to lose that weight but please have him do it slowly or he will just get frustrated with what he perceives to be a lack of progress. My opinion is that IF a person is going t...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?
Replies: 19
Views: 1456

Re: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?

When I was in treatment, I consulted with a Dr. David Medich in Pittsburgh who actually was doing a study with Dr. Habr-Gama (who is now the main investigator on the wait and watch protocol). Dr. Medich and Dr. Habr-Gama (she and I corresponded) both told me that the rate for a TEM AND chemoradiatio...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?
Replies: 19
Views: 1456

Re: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?

The surgeon is correct that an excision alone has about a 15% recurrence rate, HOWEVER, the rate with chemoradiation and an excision for early stage cancers is close to the same rate as an LAR surgery. Obviously there is no guarantee and no way to know which patient benefits from this protocol but, ...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?
Replies: 19
Views: 1456

Re: Stay local or travel for Surgeon?

Honestly, as someone who has been around for 12 years, I wouldn't travel. You're not talking about a tumor that is super close to the anal verge that you are so concerned about the QOL issues. I understand people believing that we should all go to a major cancer center BUT....it really isn't necessa...
by weisssoccermom
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question about necessity of CEA labwork
Replies: 31
Views: 2543

Re: Question about necessity of CEA labwork

Pam....I agree....why the genetic testing unless the onc is wanting to make sure that if there is something he can tell the siblings and children?? Will Medicare even pay for that? I'd check that before he has that test done just in case your dad gets stuck with a pricey bill! That would stink!! Not...
by weisssoccermom
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question about necessity of CEA labwork
Replies: 31
Views: 2543

Re: Question about necessity of CEA labwork

Well Hi! Haven't seen you around in a LONG time! Sorry to hear about your dad though. I was a stage IIA (rectal cancer) and even though it was patently obvious that CEA was not a good marker for me (at diagnosis level was 0.5 with a fairly large 4 X 6 cm tumor), my onc ran a test every 3 months, the...
by weisssoccermom
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Baseline CEA correlation with metastasis and survival??
Replies: 12
Views: 1140

Re: Baseline CEA correlation with metastasis and survival??

STOP!!! Based on your signature....your mom's CT results came back and everything was CLEAR. Hey, that's a GOOD sign. While no test is 100% foolproof....that CLEAR result on the CT scan means an M0....or, at least based on radiological studies...it isn't a stage IV. Read what I said....based on thos...
by weisssoccermom
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 4343

Re: I am so worried.

The "T" stage is the depth that the tumor invades the colon/rectal wall. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with the actual size of the mass. One could have what appears to be a large mass (based on colonoscopy which, remember, can only see what is in the colon or rectum itself) but it is gro...
by weisssoccermom
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 4343

Re: I am so worried.

rtcaspar.....I would like to ask you a question about your staging. Who told you that you are a stage I? You are given a clinical stage upon diagnoses with rectal cancer and even with just 5 days of radiation (presumably a stronger dose), your pathology report is NOT indicative of your actual stage....
by weisssoccermom
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 4343

Re: I am so worried.

First of all, take a DEEP DEEP breathe! There's nothing that you can do to change things.....right now the best advice I can give you is to try and put the 'what ifs' behind you and look to the future. Ok, your mom has a mass in her rectum which is, based on the doctor's best guess....likely cancer....

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