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by Basil
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Robotic Surgery
Replies: 52
Views: 8942

Re: Robotic Surgery

Thanks for the well-wishes all. Bit too late for any other preparations as I'm in the waiting room now. Will let you know how it goes.
by Basil
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Robotic Surgery
Replies: 52
Views: 8942

Re: Robotic Surgery

Surgery is at three tomorrow. I'm very hungry. Nervous as hell too. But it must be done of course.
by Basil
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Swollen Pelvic Lymph Node?
Replies: 9
Views: 3688

Re: Swollen Pelvic Lymph Node?

I was diagnosed stage iii with one enlarged lymph nose. Cancer shrunk significantly with preadjuvant chemo and node went from, iirc, 11mm to 4mm. Based on that, I assume it's cancerous but heard rumblings that it could be something else, like inflammation. CRguy, any thought on that? BTW, the node a...
by Basil
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Robotic Surgery
Replies: 52
Views: 8942

Re: Robotic Surgery

My surgeon is the section chief of colorectal surgery at MDAnderson. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak, but based on my course of treatment I have the utmost respect for his judgment. I hope his resume supports his skill with a scalpel, and the robotic stuff.
by Basil
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Maintenance Chemo or No ?
Replies: 17
Views: 4864

Re: Maintenance Chemo or No ?

I appreciate your response. Thanks. I will eventually have a PET and, even though things look good, will continue with low grade worry.
by Basil
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Maintenance Chemo or No ?
Replies: 17
Views: 4864

Re: Maintenance Chemo or No ?

Achilles, Wishing you the best and congrats on your progress! This is a selfish question but do you mind sharing how you were diagnosed with stage iv through PET? I'm stage iii with (obviously) no evidence of mets through two rounds of cts/MRIs at Baylor College and MDAnderson. I haven't had a PET y...
by Basil
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Robotic Surgery
Replies: 52
Views: 8942

Re: Robotic Surgery

I had a robotic LAR on June 14th. I was out of the hospital on June 17th. I had minimal pain, even in the hospital. By the last day, I had not asked for pain meds at all. I currently have a temporary loop ileostomy and am going through chemo. I feel that my surgery was very successful, for what I h...
by Basil
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Robotic Surgery
Replies: 52
Views: 8942

Re: Robotic Surgery

Well, said awkward as it is to type this, the drs. said, welI I can't remember the exact terminology, but the import is that I have a very tight sphincter. Can barely tolerate a finger exam.
by Basil
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Robotic Surgery
Replies: 52
Views: 8942

Robotic Surgery

Anyone had this. I have a mid-rectum tumor that most mostly killed off with chemo. I'm having robotic surgery Monday that will remove most of my rectum but the surgeon says there's enough to stitch everything back together. He's doing this robotically, which I understand will help some, but it's sti...
by Basil
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo brain
Replies: 6
Views: 1593

Re: Chemo brain

I'm a trial attorney and struggled with this. Not fun losing your train of thought or not being able to summon the right words when you're in front of a jury or questioning a witness. I've been off chemo a month and its mostly gone away, although I have some residual sluggishness.
by Basil
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What to expect?
Replies: 24
Views: 8667

Re: What to expect?

Oh, and IMO eastern medicine is useless. This is cancer. Your life is on the line. My advice is to seek the best onc care you can at the best hospital you can get into. And that's a STAT recommendation.
by Basil
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What to expect?
Replies: 24
Views: 8667

Re: What to expect?

There's something you need to ask about - PROSPECT trial. It's not for everyone and I'm not sure of the requirements, only than it's geared towards stage iii-ers. It's using FOLFOX pre-surgery instead of chemorad as the pre-surgery treatment. Avoids the nasty side effects of radiation issues. I'm on...
by Basil
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I heart FOLFOX
Replies: 21
Views: 7083

Re: I heart FOLFOX

I'm not an expert on these things but I got the call, later in the day I was diagnosed, from a doc saying, "It's good news, there's no mets blah blah blah but we do want you to come in for a MRI for a spot on your liver." Scared the hell out of me. Did MRI and doc called two days later sai...
by Basil
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need a little hope
Replies: 44
Views: 13338

Re: I need a little hope

No idea on the wait times but - and I may have already said this - but my rec would be to request a consult with dr. George Chang. He's my surgeon and I have a lot of confidence in him.
by Basil
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Pinch me, I must be dreaming.... It was 13 years ago today!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 8728

Re: Pinch me, I must be dreaming.... It was 13 years ago today!!!

I don't understand or believe that numerous oncologists and cancer surgeons were telling you you could die at any moment from a disease that does not kills a person in years or, at worst, months.

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