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by Carolinabluetec
Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lap resection surgery set for Dec
Replies: 44
Views: 5238

Re: Lap resection surgery set for Dec

Hope you can get a laparoscopic procedure. Had mine Thursday morning and was home walking my dogs on Saturday afternoon. Last dose of pain meds on Monday and walked 3.5 miles. Chemo was no so good though.
by Carolinabluetec
Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Does it always turn?
Replies: 38
Views: 5375

Re: Does it always turn?

I am over 2.5 years out and still NED. Oncologist is going to cut me loose after next visit in a few months if lab work is still the same. 8)
by Carolinabluetec
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Alcohol and Capecitabine
Replies: 16
Views: 6267

Re: Alcohol and Capecitabine

I had wine (red, of course) and Vodka martinis while taking Capecitabine. No problems, but everyone reacts differently. So listen to your body.
by Carolinabluetec
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Side effects of Capecitabine, or Xeloda
Replies: 8
Views: 1856

Re: Side effects of Capecitabine, or Xeloda

Only problems that I had with Capecitabine were fairly servere Hand-Foot syndrome and stomach issues. Switched to Prilosec from Xantac (took care of stomach issues) and Oncologist was fairly aggressive with dose reduction for foot issues. I still have some foot and hand issues almost 2 years out fro...
by Carolinabluetec
Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: $$561 a month for Xeloda on Medicare??? Help!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1970

Re: $$561 a month for Xeloda on Medicare??? Help!!

I went through adjuvant therapy with generic Xeloda on Medicare. It was covered under Part B benefits. My Medigap is BCBS plan F with covers all co-pays and deductibles. So I had no out of pocket expenses.
by Carolinabluetec
Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is CEA generally checked during adjuvant chemo?
Replies: 6
Views: 1399

Re: Is CEA generally checked during adjuvant chemo?

Mine was checked at the beginning of chemo and at the the end. Also during follow up visits. I am now past the two year mark and NED.
by Carolinabluetec
Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Sides of mouth cracks
Replies: 6
Views: 1240

Re: Sides of mouth cracks

Likely Cheilitis. Very common in "Seasoned Citizens". I currently am recovering from it. Your GP or Dermatologist can give you an anti fungal cream.
by Carolinabluetec
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Neuropathy
Replies: 12
Views: 2648

Re: Neuropathy

I am 18 months post chemo (Xeloda). I have neuropathy in hands and feet. I have gone the usual route with merino wool socks year round and insulated insoles in colder weather. I am taking 1800 mg of Gabapentin (one dose in the morning) and my doctor wants to also add some Lyrica to my next cycle rat...
by Carolinabluetec
Tue May 17, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Laparoscopic or open surgery for colon cancer
Replies: 38
Views: 5417

Re: Laporascopic or open surgery for colon cancer

I chose the robot because my surgeon said "it makes me a better surgeon". That was all I needed to hear. Actually there were two surgeons involved. My surgeon operated the robot seated at a console while a second surgeon position the robot at table side. I worked in the medical equipment f...
by Carolinabluetec
Tue May 17, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Laparoscopic or open surgery for colon cancer
Replies: 38
Views: 5417

Re: Laporascopic or open surgery for colon cancer

Absolutely choose laparoscopic if given an option. I was fortunate to have a very skilled colorectal surgeon that performed my procedure using the DaVinci robot. I had surgery Thursday morning and I was home walking my dogs on Saturday afternoon. On Monday, I walked 3.5 miles in a hilly area. I suff...
by Carolinabluetec
Sat May 14, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Survey on bad habits
Replies: 34
Views: 5801

Re: Survey on bad habits

I am pushing 70 years old and I am a smoker. I also drink potato vodka martinis routinely when the mood strikes. I have two glasses of red wine with dinner each night. If you give up all of your bad habits you may possibly live longer, but it will certainly seem longer. :mrgreen:
by Carolinabluetec
Sat May 07, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Problems with Fingerprints (after chemo)
Replies: 14
Views: 2376

Re: Problems with Fingerprints (after chemo)

I had HFS and prints are practically nonexistent now.
by Carolinabluetec
Sun May 01, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: To each his own: Your personal neuropathy experience
Replies: 6
Views: 1572

Re: To each his own: Your personal neuropathy experience

Before 8 rounds of Xeloda as adjuvant therapy for Stage 2 colon cancer, I had very minor neuropathy in my toes during very cold weather and Renaud's syndrome in two fingers. During chemo I developed HFS that required a dose reduction to control. About a month after chemo, I stared to develop numbnes...
by Carolinabluetec
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Medicare question
Replies: 7
Views: 1315

Re: Medicare question

I am on Medicare with supplement Plan F and Part D from BCBS. I did not pay one cent out of pocket for my colon surgery, chemo or any visits or tests. While my wife and I pay nearly S10,000/yr for coverage it has been a very good deal. I recently had cataract surgery on both eyes, again no co-pays.
by Carolinabluetec
Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 2 Year Cancerversary
Replies: 10
Views: 1212

2 Year Cancerversary

Latest CT w/Contrast showed normal liver and lungs. NED, now the odds are in my favor. 8)

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