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by dschreffler
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Cognitive Impairment - chemo brain study - 9 year TAE for T3 follow up - NED and doing great - winery is open
Replies: 0
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Cognitive Impairment - chemo brain study - 9 year TAE for T3 follow up - NED and doing great - winery is open

Forgive if this has link has been posted prior, but I have not been researching the topic since my last post in 2018. I found this article that really covers the current understanding by the medical community on cheom brain/cognitive impairment. In short, it says that more research is needed. The po...
by dschreffler
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 8 year TAE for T3 follow up - NED!, so I opened a winery!
Replies: 3
Views: 976

8 year TAE for T3 follow up - NED!, so I opened a winery!

Happy 2018! It has been a while since I checked in on the board and wanted to share how I'd doing 8 years since my TAE surgery, and 7 years NED In short, all is good. I left by Foirtune 50 Corporate life due to effects of chemo brain, could not compete in the day to day high pressure, multitasking, ...
by dschreffler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: T3N0M0 Rectal Cancer- refuse surgery?
Replies: 53
Views: 14381

Re: T3N0M0 Rectal Cancer- refuse surgery?

Why do people start this threads? Do you want to hear that is fine to avoid surgery from us? My doctor told me "it will kill you" that's all I needed to hear. Going on to 8 years NED. Hi!!! Good to see you still going strong. You and I had similar discussion back when I was first diagnose...
by dschreffler
Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: T3N0M0 Rectal Cancer- refuse surgery?
Replies: 53
Views: 14381

Re: T3N0M0 Rectal Cancer- refuse surgery?

This thread reminds me http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=56594&p=447507#p447507 I never liked when I was making my decision back in 2010 when folk simply presented the option as one of 2 extremes. What I found is that it depends - what is the individual's responsiv...
by dschreffler
Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: T3N0M0 Rectal Cancer- refuse surgery?
Replies: 53
Views: 14381

Re: T3N0M0 Rectal Cancer- refuse surgery?

Hi, I am wishing you well as you process all this information. I know there is a lot of opinions, but really looks for evidence and studies. Cancer treatment has come a long way from cutting out as much as possible. Suggest getting multiple opinions on surgery approaches. You have time, and will rea...
by dschreffler
Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo Brain Help?
Replies: 14
Views: 4117

Re: Chemo Brain Help?

Hi, Thanks for this post! Since 2012 I have been dealing with this issue, and has been very difficult to have Dr's recognize it, family and friends deal with it, and work to understand it. Short version • struggling with "chemo brain" since 2011 after neo-adjuctive, and post adjunctive tre...
by dschreffler
Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 5 year TAE for T3 follow up - NED!
Replies: 1
Views: 946

5 year TAE for T3 follow up - NED!

Happy 2016! It has been a while since I checked in on the board and wanted to share how I'd doing 5 years since my treatment ended. In short, all is good. I had chemo and radiation prior to surgery, transanal excision surgery, and post surgery chemo for my T3 rectal cancer. Quality of life is pretty...
by dschreffler
Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 2 year TAE for T3 follow up
Replies: 0
Views: 2072

2 year TAE for T3 follow up

Greetings all. It has been awhile since I checked in on the board and wanted to share how I'd doing 2 years since my transanal excision surgery for my T3 rectal cancer. The short form is great. Surveillance on possible reoccurrence: ⋅ Quarterly endoscopes since 2010 continue to show no reo...
by dschreffler
Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 1yr since surgery,been NED, and now depressed - WTF
Replies: 23
Views: 5446

Re: 1yr since surgery,been NED, and now depressed - WTF

Hi all, I owed the board an update on this... I'm finding the best advice I got on this subject is relax, give it time, you are being much harder on yourself then others are (hopefully you have supportive family/employer as I do). In addition, what really helped was my employer enabling me to work t...
by dschreffler
Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Light hearted chemo brain fun
Replies: 30
Views: 6539

Re: Light hearted chemo brain fun

I got a hoot of the response to this thread. So here I am 9 months since my treatment ended and I'm still "entertained" by some missing brain cells. It is not quite as bad when I bought only the 1 movie ticket when I was with my wife, but still good fodder for a laugh. I have not circled t...
by dschreffler
Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 1yr since surgery,been NED, and now depressed - WTF
Replies: 23
Views: 5446

Re: 1yr since surgery,been NED, and now depressed - WTF

Thank you all for your replies. As always, this board is great. The sanity check and perspective in incredibly valuable. I have an appt with my Onc next week to pursue counseling/therapy options. I have spoken to my manager and he and company are incredibly supportive. Not making any rash decisions,...
by dschreffler
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 1yr since surgery,been NED, and now depressed - WTF
Replies: 23
Views: 5446

1yr since surgery,been NED, and now depressed - WTF

OK, I've been very lucky on this journey - made it thru pre surgery and post surgery chemo pretty well, got away with very minimal surgery - all tests in the past year showing NED -- woo whoo.. The follow up surveillance not causing any anxiety, I don't fear the cancer coming back, albeit it may in ...
by dschreffler
Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I'm up and running:)
Replies: 57
Views: 5819

Re: I'm up and running:)

Wooooo Whooooo!
by dschreffler
Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Terry's surgery update
Replies: 76
Views: 8657

Re: Terry's surgery update

Wishing you the best.. a quick, pain free as possible recovery. (And good hospital food too.)

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