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by benben
Wed May 30, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA dropped!
Replies: 27
Views: 5868

Re: CEA dropped!

THINK SHRINK!

and CAKE! If anyone deserves their cake and eating it too - That'd be you!

Happy Bday.
by benben
Wed May 30, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon cancer screening at 45 - New guidelines
Replies: 15
Views: 4711

Re: Colon cancer screening at 45 - New guidelines

Definitely a step in the right direction, but needs to be 30 or 35. What would really help is educating the doctors that it’s ok to send someone in their 20’s or 30’s to get a colonoscopy. I’ve read countless stories exactly like mine where we go to the doctor describing our symptoms and the doctor...
by benben
Tue May 22, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scan results not what I had hoped for ...
Replies: 29
Views: 6446

Re: Scan results not what I had hoped for ...

Shana,

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
You're such a kind soul and solid warrior.
I hope a plan of action finds its way to you soon.

much love!
by benben
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Feeling very anxious port removal this afternoon
Replies: 4
Views: 1054

Re: Feeling very anxious port removal this afternoon

Thanks folks! Port out now and I have it in a jar as a trophy! The surgeon gave me the max amount of anaesthetic so still no pain 2 hours after procedure! Worst bit was the injections but I didn't feel a thing after that! Bit of a smell of burning flesh when cauterised but nothing more! I feel a bi...
by benben
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Tattoo during scope?
Replies: 10
Views: 2235

Re: Tattoo during scope?

Tim's correct. Tattoos are used for marking of the margins. One is placed in area of the cuts to be done during resection surgery.
I had tattoos done as well. The nurse was joking about it afterwards telling me she was glad to have been the one to give me my first tattoos - as I don't have others.
by benben
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: First Post Surgery/Chemo Scope
Replies: 7
Views: 1380

First Post Surgery/Chemo Scope

I had my first colonoscopy post ULAR surgery and 12 rounds of chemo yesterday. Results = ALL clear. From what I recall they thought my colon looked quite healthy. There was a little swelling at the anastomosis and one very small spot of diverticulitis, but no sign of cancer nor any polyps. So that m...
by benben
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scanxiety
Replies: 19
Views: 4670

Re: Scanxiety

I hope you get good scans!*hugs* Thank you! Last scan showed more shrinkage but it's slow going. CEA slightly up but holding steady according to oncologist, she said not to stress over a small change. Next scan in June, I should have used "Livin' Scan to Scan" as my user name! :lol: Hugs ...
by benben
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Done with chemo
Replies: 6
Views: 1654

Re: Done with chemo

Congrats on finishing 12 rounds in the ropes.
Now you can finally start feeling some recovery from the chemo beat down.

well wishes your way.
by benben
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Are followup colonoscopies counted as preventative?
Replies: 5
Views: 1228

Re: Are followup colonoscopies counted as preventative?

Hey guys, I have my first post chemo colonoscopy this week and I was curious if it counts as preventative care. I had to pay for a portion of the colonoscopy that diagnosed my cancer and now I’m wondering if I should have had to pay anything at all for that one. Preventative care is supposed to be ...
by benben
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 3 Month Post Treatment Update
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Re: 3 Month Post Treatment Update

Benben, when you say scope are you referring to colonoscopy? You had surgery? How often are you scheduled for colonoscopies and ct scans. My colonrectal resection was November 9, 2017 and my Oncologist wants to wait one year for both CT scan and colonoscopy which I think is too long to wait and let...
by benben
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1683
Views: 404819

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

NHMike wrote:the survival benefit associated with marriage was larger than the published survival benefit of chemotherapy.


Oh that's a sombering thought.
I best find me a mate, and like right soon. LOL.
by benben
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 3 Month Post Treatment Update
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Re: 3 Month Post Treatment Update

Thanks for the kind words of encouragement Ladies :) I made it up again this last weekend for another round. More fresh snow and was happy to have my son along. With him we only made 11 runs. He said he was really sore afterwards, while I didn't feel much at all. LOL that 18 year old needs to get so...
by benben
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1683
Views: 404819

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

I just had my chemo teaching on the Oxiliplatin. Thank you for all the insights I have gotten from you and this forum. I have been eating and drinking things over this week and will next week that I know I won't be able to enjoy. Take care Mike, you are almost there. Susan That's a really good Idea...
by benben
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Possible for long term remission with only chemo?
Replies: 31
Views: 8539

Re: Possible for long term remission with only chemo?

Anything is possible, even long term remission via Chemo.

There is always reason for Hope - Robin.

Immunotherapies as well as Nanobot targeting are making progress.

Keep the faith, look for the magic of life in every moment, and Hold on to Hope.
by benben
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colonoscopy Tomorrow
Replies: 10
Views: 2166

Re: Colonoscopy Tomorrow

Aqx99 wrote:It was clear! No polyps and no cancer. He took a picture of my anastomosis and it looks really good. Next one in three years.


Big Congratulations Anne! That's some happy news.
I've got my first scope since treatment coming next week. Hoping for much the same:)

May you be forever NED.

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