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by weisssoccermom
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Percentage That Have A Complete Clinical Response To Chemo/Radiation
Replies: 12
Views: 2578

Re: Percentage That Have A Complete Clinical Response To Chemo/Radiation

It's common for the medical community to err on the side of caution. If they believe that nodes 'may' have been involved, they will assume that they are.....if there's enough evidence of involvement. However, when they do that, they would say something like N1 or N2, etc. They wouldn't say N0 and ye...
by weisssoccermom
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (
Replies: 40
Views: 3110

Re: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (

You mentioned something which I would like to address. We read stories about patients who have chemo for other kinds of cancers or we see things on television that portray cancer patients as super ill, very thin and overall they look awful. There ARE some types of cancer treatments that can and do c...
by weisssoccermom
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (
Replies: 40
Views: 3110

Re: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (

I'd like to give you one more piece to contemplate. IMO, Xeloda allows the patient to be more NORMAL. Right now, you're having a myriad of emotions and for most cancer patients, trying to be as 'normal' as possible is the ultimate goal. Yes, it's nice to be pampered but most patients generally don't...
by weisssoccermom
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Percentage That Have A Complete Clinical Response To Chemo/Radiation
Replies: 12
Views: 2578

Re: Percentage That Have A Complete Clinical Response To Chemo/Radiation

The first surgeon measured my tumor at 3 cm in however, he was way off. My tumor was actually located between 7 - 8 cm up and initially it had grown downwards which is why the first surgeon thought it was at 3 cm. Transanal is possible with tumors higher up (but there is a limit) particularly when t...
by weisssoccermom
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (
Replies: 40
Views: 3110

Re: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (

I did the 14 days on 7 days off and frankly, by day 11 or so, I wanted to be done. It honestly wasn't that bad though and between cycles, I felt great. The one thing that can make the side effects of Xeloda worse is consuming too much folic acid. If memory serves me correctly, you are not in the USA...
by weisssoccermom
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (
Replies: 40
Views: 3110

Re: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (

Stage IIa....rectal cancer. When your oncologist is mentioning chemo, ask WHAT protocol he/she is talking about. Here are the most common: FOLFOX: 5FU + oxaliplatin (infusion.....generally with the 5FU you would wear a pump home for 48 hours) XELOX: Xeloda + oxaliplatin (oxi is infused....Xeloda is ...
by weisssoccermom
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ Dec 4 /2018
Replies: 235
Views: 87861

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

CR.....I hope that this year finds gentleness for your furgrandbaby and your family. Like Lee, I suspect that we, too, will lose a family furbaby.....our last pooch....beagle Roxy. It is SO difficult to watch our furbabies to pass on. We don't want them to suffer yet we don't want them to leave us. ...
by weisssoccermom
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: HAPPY NEW YEAR
Replies: 8
Views: 496

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Just wanted to wish my fellow Colon Clubbers a

HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR


Here is hoping that 2019 brings us a brighter future, new treatments and just all around better news and happiness.
by weisssoccermom
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Percentage That Have A Complete Clinical Response To Chemo/Radiation
Replies: 12
Views: 2578

Re: Percentage That Have A Complete Clinical Response To Chemo/Radiation

I was one of the lucky ones that had a complete clinical response. While I did not have the LAR afterwards ....instead I had a full thickness transanal excision.....I am 11+ years out from surgery (a little more than 12 from diagnosis). It is possible.
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: 235
Views: 87861

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: 235
Views: 87861

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: 235
Views: 87861

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: 747

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: 235
Views: 87861

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: 861

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...

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