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by stexcanuck
Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is a 5 cm tumor in sigmoid colon considered large?
Replies: 22
Views: 52009

Re: Is a 5 cm tumor in sigmoid colon considered large?

My tumor, found after a hemorroidectomy (necessary) failed to stop bleeding, was 5cm and hemispherical as well as soft. I believe that landed in the "not small" category, but its more about the depth of penetration and node involvement. And you really can't tell much from size alone from w...
by stexcanuck
Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Tim passed away
Replies: 125
Views: 6408

Re: Tim passed away

You've an awefully smart young man. Strength to you and your children.
No longer here, but not gone from your hearts, and never forgotten.
by stexcanuck
Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:23 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Depression/Moving on after cancer
Replies: 36
Views: 3618

Re: Depression/Moving on after cancer

Unfortunately, you are by far not alone. We are supposed to be happy to have it beat / NED, but we don't function like we used to, are nervous about going out / eating something that will trigger the "express" button. Some functions get nuked with the tumor. I am in a funk right now as wel...
by stexcanuck
Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: reversal before finishing Folfox
Replies: 39
Views: 3147

Re: reversal before finishing Folfox

I had 4 rouds of 8 before reversal. Stopped for 4 weeks before surgery and resumed 4 weeks after. Only thing I did different was take an immodium the day of treatment (Mondays) and 1 last day (Wed)..... this kinds locked things up til Sat but had no "runs" and was able to work each day. St...
by stexcanuck
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Reconnecting surgery
Replies: 9
Views: 7074

Re: Reconnecting surgery

Besides the responses above, may want to discuss gas buildup in bowel. You can get this from swallowing too much air, common if you are grunting from pain alot, swallowing saliva, etc. I had a gas blockage that kept the bowels sleepy and that extended my hospital stay about 3 days....
by stexcanuck
Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Outwardly thought we were done but.......
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Re: Outwardly thought we were done but.......

Been in TX for 19 years but being a 'toban originally, I'll take that Canadian water bit. My chemo was FOLFOX6. Doesn't seem like its a renal drug but with a 2.5cm^3 lump I'm betting it is a separate vs. met. Good or bad, who knows. Anyway, appear to have the colon under control, so we'll see how th...
by stexcanuck
Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Outwardly thought we were done but.......
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Re: Outwardly thought we were done but.......

No idea if related yet....too early. Got on here to research and ended up venting, sorry all. 1st day shock and awe, will be back tomorrow with game face on. Mean time, I can do some pizza w/ white sauce w/o too many issues, so it's ordered......some comfy food and soldier on!
by stexcanuck
Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Outwardly thought we were done but.......
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Outwardly thought we were done but.......

....not yet. After getting DX'd IIIB a year ago and doing a LAR w/ straight connect, finished chemo with bells on, controlable bowels, but went in for follow up scans and have a golfball growing off the left kidney. 1st round went to damn well I guess. Don't see a lot on the combination of the two (...
by stexcanuck
Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post-Chemo Chills
Replies: 33
Views: 2699

Re: Post-Chemo Chills

I've done the 6 weeks 5FU with radiation, and 3 FOLFOX6 prior to my takedown, and I get chilled at anything under 70 degrees with the slightest wind. A blanket in the evening is a must. Sounds like a good excuse for a carribean vacation to me.
by stexcanuck
Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How long after takedown to begin step one of bowel training?
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: How long after takedown to begin step one of bowel training?

I had my reversal 12/13. I went a week and a half after coming home letting the new plumbing run freely trying to ensure that it was fully functioning, and the tried immodium for the first time New Years Eve day. I took 2 tabs to start in the am, which pretty much immediately slowed things down, and...
by stexcanuck
Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: living with the chemo pump for 45 days
Replies: 15
Views: 2068

Re: living with the chemo pump for 45 days

I wore a belt with everything, including shorts some nights...kept me from rolling onto one side, but was better than getting up at night to pee and forgetting the darned thing. It is surprising how much forgivness there is in the bungee... err, tubing, and with the port, should you forget/drop the ...
by stexcanuck
Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: distended (prolapsed?) stoma
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: distended (prolapsed?) stoma

Never replied to this afterwards....for anyone searching on this, I did have a peristomal hernia. Ended up in hospital for 3 days, and management thereafter was icing for any time i was upright (lying down I was fine) for 1.5 weeks until I had my takedown, otherwise it would have been a hernia repai...
by stexcanuck
Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How soon is too soon for Immodium?
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: How soon is too soon for Immodium?

I'll put the call in. Last thing I want is to be too tightened up / blockage so soon after getting the engine re-fired, but will need some help along the way as well. I'm mainly in the office, but can be called upon to drive to worksites from 1 hr to 4 hrs away... that will be put off as long as pos...
by stexcanuck
Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How long after takedown to begin step one of bowel training?
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: How long after takedown to begin step one of bowel training?

MDA says take no more than 8 oz water with your meals, then take soluble fibre supplement with only 2 oz water with no other fluids for an hour, and then for bowel training says take a cup of hot liquid after your main meal..... I am in need of clarification as well! Isn't this a roller coaster? You...
by stexcanuck
Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How soon is too soon for Immodium?
Replies: 5
Views: 514

How soon is too soon for Immodium?

OK, I'm 16 days post takedown and 10 days at home. Metamucil is now up to 3x day (starting yesterday) and I did kinda hurry the MDA process a bit trying hot coffee after dinner last night, to no avail, and then over did it with prune juice this morning after I woke up at 4, that was a mistake paid f...

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