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by NHMike
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?
Replies: 29
Views: 4212

Re: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?

Thanks, Del. Such good news for you! Gives me hope - though I’ve had it all up front - chemo and then chemo/radiation. (Why didn’t you have radiation?) Has anyone read WHY radiation is (reportedly) a factor in LARS? Or any studies that show it actually IS a factor? Folks on this forum state that ra...
by NHMike
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1417
Views: 268604

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

That is good news Mike! Hope even better weeks are ahead. Are you taking any probiotics? Dave I'm not taking probiotics. I have looked into them and there are different sides to the issue. I have been taking fiber more regularly. I've also been eating only one to two meals a day and this helps quit...
by NHMike
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?
Replies: 29
Views: 4212

Re: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?

I make the W&W call two years ago. To me it seems like just last week but, in terms of medical advancement, that's ages ago. I think that a lot has changed in the past few years. My oncologist was pretty eager to share information on Big Data and the impact in treatment and how fast things can ...
by NHMike
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stomach aches
Replies: 3
Views: 573

Re: Stomach aches

I haven't had stomach aches but have had scar tissue issues and those are more like sharp pain when you make an odd movement.
by NHMike
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1417
Views: 268604

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

This has been a good week despite having the flu last week. Monday was unusual. I went to the bathroom and went like the old days (before cancer). It took a while but I got emptied out in one sitting. I had an appointment for a crown to be installed on Wednesday so I had breakfast on Tuesday morning...
by NHMike
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery Considerations
Replies: 35
Views: 6014

Re: Surgery Considerations

Hi, There is absolutely no denying the fact that colon cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer. And the incidence rate in the USA is shockingly high (1 out of 22 men and 1 out of 24 women will be detected with this type of cancer). Studies reveal that in the past year more than 135,500 cas...
by NHMike
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects
Replies: 73
Views: 21412

Re: Colon cancer: my treatment and side effects

Having the goal in sight is a great motivator and I like your physical goals too. C25K is a fantastic program and has helped millions of people get active. It looks like you are already active. Chemo really whacks your stamina but the ability to get it back fast should come back after a month or two.
by NHMike
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?
Replies: 29
Views: 4212

Re: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?

Curious about lack of chemo. I thought W&W involved everything upfront. But I’m still learning so perhaps your tumor hadn’t spread beyond your rectum (like mine has - hence the chemo and chemo/Rad up front). I’m also curious if the radiation effects get WORSE over time as it continues to work o...
by NHMike
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Finally....some really great news!!!
Replies: 85
Views: 24938

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

Husband and I canceled the MRI and oncologist appointments we had scheduled for today due to a snowstorm where we live. We did not want to risk the treacherous driving conditions over the mountain so we rescheduled the MRI to Monday, Dec 3rd. The time and day of the week work much better for us, pl...
by NHMike
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 208
Views: 48115

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Very nice summary of what a lot of us went through.
by NHMike
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?
Replies: 29
Views: 4212

Re: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?

I came across pretty negatively to paint a picture of the difficulty. But I do go to work every day, drive to do errands, workout when I have the time and deal with a fair amount of home maintenance. There are many others that lead somewhat normal lives, at least in appearance to outsiders. I've men...
by NHMike
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?
Replies: 29
Views: 4212

Re: Is LARS a foregone conclusion? Anyone doing W&W?

Claudia (Scandanavian) didn't have LARS after her reversal. She doesn't post that much here though. I'm dealing with it now and it is difficult and sometimes maddening. If you look at it from a physics perspective, you have a tube that sends out waste towards a closure made by squeezing sphincter mu...
by NHMike
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: New

I was where you are in Summer of 2017 and I was scared as there's a lot I have to do. Is the 13 cm height+width+length? My tumor was 5 cm long which was pretty big but I could see 13 cm if adding up the three dimensions. There are some other factors which determine staging and staging determines tre...
by NHMike
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1417
Views: 268604

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

I started feeling poorly on Tuesday (roof of mouth sore and headache) and it looks like a cold. I'd guess that sleep loss due to LARS and stress from everywhere knocked my immune system down. The headaches are mostly gone so hopefully I'm functional tomorrow. I got a lot of sleep today and will prob...

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