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by ANDRETEXAS
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 5 fu and oxaliplatin
Replies: 16
Views: 1324

Re: 5 fu and oxaliplatin

Completed 12 rounds of FOLFOX....coming up on my five-year post chemoversary................Best of luck to you.
by ANDRETEXAS
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy coming up....gastroenterologist or surgeon?
Replies: 10
Views: 579

Re: Colonoscopy coming up....gastroenterologist or surgeon?

Since my surgery, my colorectal surgeon has done all my colonoscopies. My gastroenterologist is the one who missed my flat cancerous tumor in the beginning. If I had waited to come back in 10 years like he told me, I probably wouldn't be here. To each his own...but that's my story. I am also happy t...
by ANDRETEXAS
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My father's ashamed of me
Replies: 17
Views: 1267

Re: My father's ashamed of me

Of course, you should continue the plan laid out by you and your doctors. I'm hoping that your father is unaware of the advances made in cancer treatment, and that he's not afraid of the word "cancer." Maybe he's one of those people that thinks nothing can be "cured" without imme...
by ANDRETEXAS
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Update on hubby
Replies: 2
Views: 738

Re: Update on hubby

Stay positive. Sounds like things are going in the right direction. Hope the colonoscopy is a good one. One day at a time !
by ANDRETEXAS
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New to the forum ...
Replies: 19
Views: 6557

Re: New to the forum ...

So glad you got a second opinion. You have a plan. Now, go conquer ! All the best..... Andre
by ANDRETEXAS
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Need Support - Told today I'm on Palliative Care
Replies: 34
Views: 7715

Re: Need Support - Told today I'm on Palliative Care

I just want to say that I admire all three of you. Each of you has a story and has taken charge. I do believe that a positive attitude, no matter what one's prognosis, is a key to enjoying life. I have learned a lot reading this thread, and I wish nothing but the best for all of you. Andre
by ANDRETEXAS
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question about biopsy result
Replies: 3
Views: 650

Re: Question about biopsy result

I'm not sure they meant there was no need for a colonoscopy for the rest of your life...or am I reading that incorrectly?
by ANDRETEXAS
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Robino1 has left us today at 6:40pm.
Replies: 25
Views: 4128

Re: Robino1 has left us today at 6:40pm.

My deepest sympathies to her friends and family. She was always so supportive of everyone. She will be missed on this forum.
by ANDRETEXAS
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question about necessity of CEA labwork
Replies: 31
Views: 3610

Re: Question about necessity of CEA labwork

I've never had to do it before.....but if one of my doctors refused my request for a CEA, PSA. A1c, etc., I would immediately go to my primary care physician, and he would run it for me, no doubt.
by ANDRETEXAS
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question about necessity of CEA labwork
Replies: 31
Views: 3610

Re: Question about necessity of CEA labwork

I have blood work done every three months....every six weeks until two years ago....and while CEA is not a particularly good marker for me.....my oncologist runs it nonetheless. Why not do the CEA since your giving blood anyway?
by ANDRETEXAS
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: colon cancer - 19 F (help?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1067

Re: colon cancer - 19 F (help?)

Yes. Follow through with your present doctor or another one. We feel your anxiety. Please know that the worry of the unknown will not go away until you get a definitive prognosis. Once you have that, whether complicated or not, you will feel better, believe it or not. The unknown is scarier than the...
by ANDRETEXAS
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New diagnosis and scared
Replies: 30
Views: 3954

Re: New diagnosis and scared

Hoping the PET scan does come back clean. I started chemo a month after I had surgery. There are different opinions (after surgery healing) as to when you can start chemo for the best effects. I think as soon as possible, but a six to eight-week time frame after surgery would still be adequate, IMO,...
by ANDRETEXAS
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New diagnosis and scared
Replies: 30
Views: 3954

Re: New diagnosis and scared

I believe I had 8+ positive nodes. While I did call M D Anderson in Houston, after review, I knew I could get the same care at Texas Oncology (who have some great doctors) here in Austin. Depending on your treatment(s), it is certainly feasible to get your care closer to where you live without affec...
by ANDRETEXAS
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 5850

Re: I am so worried.

Agree. Spend your time and energy far away from google, but glad you found this forum You will find nothing there that will be equivalent to your Mother's individual experience and diagnosis. Wait until you have listened to the doctors, before you decide what's going on. This initial time is the wor...
by ANDRETEXAS
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New diagnosis and scared
Replies: 30
Views: 3954

Re: New diagnosis and scared

I was first diagnosed as Stage 3c....then it was changed to 3b. I know I had about the same percentage as you of positive lymph nodes, but after they told me, I tried to and did forget the number. I knew I was going to fight it as well as I could no matter what the percentage. With the help of my on...

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