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by cbsmith
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241933

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I added Mountain Climbers and Brazilian Crunches today. I couldn't do a lot of them and I was reminded as to how much stress some of these exercises put on your body. But I did a few and I'll do a few for a while and then a few more until they get easy. I'm pushing myself harder on the stuff that I...
by cbsmith
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: FOLFOX failed
Replies: 14
Views: 659

Re: FOLFOX failed

I failed folfox back in early 2015 after 12 rounds. My stage 3 colon cancer spread to 1 paraortic lymph node and 2 lung mets. I started folfiri and did that for 2.5 years until it failed and the lung Mets grew and spread. I’m not doing any chemo right now and saw a radiation oncologist last week to ...
by cbsmith
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Did you travel during treatment?
Replies: 20
Views: 752

Re: Did you travel during treatment?

My husband and I are new to all of this. He will probably be starting FOLFOX the week after Thanksgiving- will see oncologist Tuesday for a solid plan. When you all say "my good week" where does that fall in the treatment schedule? It looks like he will get hooked up on Fridays and I will...
by cbsmith
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Did you travel during treatment?
Replies: 20
Views: 752

Re: Did you travel during treatment?

We took AMtrak from Boston to DC and spent four days there between XELOX cycles. It was actually really rough because the temperatures where in the single digits and the Oxaliplatin effects were still being felt. If you have a bag, that's the main issue. Would there be any issues on the plane? I’ve...
by cbsmith
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Did you travel during treatment?
Replies: 20
Views: 752

Re: Did you travel during treatment?

The big thing is probably the lack of travel insurance to cover any issues relating to the cancer when you are away. As long as you are prepared for that risk and the onc says you re okay to travel it would be fine.
by cbsmith
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Foods to avoid during chemotherapy
Replies: 16
Views: 1066

Re: Foods to avoid during chemotherapy

Having done 12 rounds of folfox with oxi for all of them I will say that he should eat whatever he feels like eating. The taste of food will change, his mouth will be sore, etc so he should eat whatever makes him feel good and that he wants to eat. Getting enough calories to maintain weight is the k...
by cbsmith
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Major cancer centers/insurance
Replies: 26
Views: 1934

Re: Major cancer centers/insurance

But I'm going to up my LTD to 66% from 50% this enrollment season. NHMike , are you allowed to do this? Have you studied the fine print? Yes, we’ve always had the option to select 50% or 66% LTD coverage. One of my coworkers out on LTD is at the 66% level. Mike, I think she was referring to are you...
by cbsmith
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anyone on here from Nova Scotia Canada?
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: Anyone on here from Nova Scotia Canada?

I’m from New Brunswick and I know there are a couple other New Brunswickers here. I haven’t seen any Nova Scotians yet.
by cbsmith
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Finally....some really great news!!!
Replies: 80
Views: 21769

Re: Finally....some really great news!!!

Sounds like it is time to get a doctors appointment and get the chest CT scheduled ASAP.
by cbsmith
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: FOLFIRI side effects, horrible 4th tx
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: FOLFIRI side effects, horrible 4th tx

That could be a gall stone or something blocking a bile duct. I had a gallstone a couple years ago in between treatments and my urine was a dark orange color and my stool almost a gray color. Luckily it passed on its own in a couple days and things returned to normal. I did see my oncologist because...
by cbsmith
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241933

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Mike, what they are probably doing is comparing your photo to all of the other profile photos on Facebook to make sure it doesn’t match any other ones. The way you have it set up is also the way that most hackers do and phishing attempts are done. People will create a duplicate profile of someone el...
by cbsmith
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241933

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I know you are trying to use fasting to control your output but could that be causing you issues as well? The constant fasting and then eating and then fasting again may be confusing your digestive system and adding to the output issues. As well your colon probably needs a steady amount of food to a...
by cbsmith
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241933

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

In Canada you can take back medicine to any pharmacy regardless of where it was purchased. Not sure if it is the same where you are or not.
by cbsmith
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1350
Views: 241933

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Your body needs protein in order for muscle and tissue to heal quickly. Not eating for long periods of time may delay the healing process.
by cbsmith
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Salami
Replies: 33
Views: 5685

Re: Salami

From what I understand about modern health science, the two basic variables are genetics v. environment. Environment is an all-encompassing term for the macro environs, inputs such as water and air pollution, radiation, etc., and micro environs, inputs such as diet (with sub category of microbiome)...

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