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by Thetoad
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Will my BM's ever return to normal?
Replies: 11
Views: 542

Re: Will my BM's ever return to normal?

Thanks again for the replies. Food for thought, so to speak. Thinking of the Konsyl D, I have always been confused by the fact that it can cause constipation and also diarrhoea! My theory now is that if too much water is absorbed, the stools will become hard to pass. If any water is left, the result...
by Thetoad
Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Will my BM's ever return to normal?
Replies: 11
Views: 542

Re: Will my BM's ever return to normal?

Thanks Beckster and Utwo. As far as I can tell, he is a colorectal surgeon and is described as a senior lecturer. To me, he looks quite young, but may be 40 something. As far as my diet goes, you may be right Utwo. The Konsyl D was advised by my colorectal nurse and the amount has varied from one to...
by Thetoad
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Will my BM's ever return to normal?
Replies: 11
Views: 542

Re: Will my BM's ever return to normal?

Hello Jacques. The bowel surgery was open and was an emergency because of a blockage. The hernia was in that incision and was also open surgery with a dinner sized plate of mesh. Then about 9 weeks ago my gallbladder was removed also with open surgery. Thanks for your reply and best wishes.
by Thetoad
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Will my BM's ever return to normal?
Replies: 11
Views: 542

Will my BM's ever return to normal?

44 months since bowel cancer surgery, about half of it removed. Sometimes normal but often soft and/or explosive still. I take a teaspoon of Konsyl D each day as a fibre supplement. At times the urge becomes urgent and nobody should get in my way and certainly not be using the toilet when they hear ...
by Thetoad
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: great news...stage 2a i guess..
Replies: 9
Views: 710

Re: great news...stage 2a i guess..

Sounds very positive. Mine was T3N0(22 taken) MO. Surgery late Nov. 2013 and no worries so far. No chemo and no bag. Best wishes!
by Thetoad
Sun May 21, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 2 stories wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: Stage 2 stories wanted

At stge 2A risk factors will determine the recommended course. There are many studies saying T3N0M0 tumors are over treated with chemo, so their treatment tends to depend on on onc's experience. Things he/she will take in to consideration: Lymphovascular invasion Perineural invasion Number of lymph...
by Thetoad
Sun May 21, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 3-Year Scan results
Replies: 34
Views: 2115

Re: 3-Year Scan results

Good news fellow kiwi! I'm just a few days ahead of you, 3 years 6 months and 8 days! Yes, I've read too that the 3 year mark is a good one to reach. I'm on 6 monthly CEA tests and a year now between consultant appts. I'll have a routine colonoscopy at the end of the year, making it a gap of 3 years...
by Thetoad
Sat May 20, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 2 stories wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: Stage 2 stories wanted

Hi Beckster. I had a small underlying perforation well away from the tumour and there was a complete blockage. I've been told to discount those risk factors as I'm 3 1/2 years after surgery and they are risk factors more at the actual time of surgery. I didn't have chemo and my details are up to da...
by Thetoad
Sat May 20, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 2 stories wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: Stage 2 stories wanted

Welcome to our forum. Sorry to hear about your diagnoses, but stage II is treatable and curable. I was diagnosed with stage 2A colon cancer of the cecum (right sided). I had LAP surgery in November with pathology of T3N0M0. You will have to wait until your pathology report comes back to see if you ...
by Thetoad
Sat May 20, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Prognosis question
Replies: 10
Views: 1002

Re: Prognosis question

I know there's probably no real answer for this but I'm early on and prognosis is constantly on my mind. I've had multiple biopsies and a flex sig with the cutter. Treated at MD Anderson in Houston. I have been diagnosed based of Ct and MRI as either t2n1m0 or t3n1m0. Surgey is scheduled Aug 2 and ...
by Thetoad
Sat May 20, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Prognosis question
Replies: 10
Views: 1002

Re: Prognosis question

I know there's probably no real answer for this but I'm early on and prognosis is constantly on my mind. I've had multiple biopsies and a flex sig with the cutter. Treated at MD Anderson in Houston. I have been diagnosed based of Ct and MRI as either t2n1m0 or t3n1m0. Surgey is scheduled Aug 2 and ...
by Thetoad
Tue May 09, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Life
Replies: 41
Views: 4579

Re: Life

Utwo wrote:I felt bad for Nik when she was virtuously attacked by forum's ladies.

Can't we be nicer to each other?

Yes. I hope she still reads these posts. I found her very helpful.
by Thetoad
Tue May 02, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Beautiful Update ... Cured
Replies: 41
Views: 2299

Re: Beautiful Update ... Cured

Cured. What a wonderful word to hear! A lot to look forward to now... :)
by Thetoad
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Likelihood of Colon Cancer Recurrence
Replies: 11
Views: 2096

Re: Likelihood of Colon Cancer Recurrence

I typed in 'recurrence statistics for colon cancer after two years' and found a few articles. Some do mention two years and 'the chances reduce dramatically after two years' etc. But I'm trying to avoid looking things up as I've found it a bit unsettling at times! I will be at two years and five mo...
by Thetoad
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question regarding water absorbtion after rt hemi
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Question regarding water absorbtion after rt hemi

Hi Toni. I had an extended rt hemicolectomy and my stools have been loose and/or watery since surgery, 41 months ago. I take a teaspoon of Konsyl D each day but can't say that it makes much difference. I am told simply that 'that's the way it is now.' Also, 'at least you're getting rid of it now!' S...

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