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by NHMike
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

Saw the Oncologist this morning. Scans were clean and I assume that bloodwork was too as he didn't mention it. He asked how I was doing and I showed him the VO2Max stuff and he asked some questions about the tracker. He said next visit is 6 months. So 1.5 years of 3-month and I guess 6-months for a...
by NHMike
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

It wasn't mentioned in the CT scan a year ago. I guess different pathologists report different things and the report in 2019 was focused more on cancer. I'll just keep training.
by NHMike
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

Atoq wrote:That was really good news! I am glad for you! :D

I have my scan in March, 6 months from the last.

All the best

Claudia


Best wishes for a clean scan.
by NHMike
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

Lungs: Minimal septal thickening along the bibasilar dependent portion probably related to atelectasis. Unchanged, lingular atelectasis. No nodules or masses. Atelectasis (at-uh-LEK-tuh-sis) is a complete or partial collapse of the entire lung or area (lobe) of the lung. It occurs when the tiny air ...
by NHMike
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

Saw the Oncologist this morning. Scans were clean and I assume that bloodwork was too as he didn't mention it. He asked how I was doing and I showed him the VO2Max stuff and he asked some questions about the tracker. He said next visit is 6 months. So 1.5 years of 3-month and I guess 6-months for a ...
by NHMike
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

Annual CT scan this morning. Weather was awful (freezing rain) but got in at 5:00 AM and got it done. I have to park at the Brigham and Womens parking garage. I tried to park at Dana Farber and their garage wasn't open yet. I was the first person in when it opened but the place filled up really quic...
by NHMike
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

Mike, Funny you should bring up dairy. I have been avoiding it but Sunday after church I tasted a little bit of my daughter’s milk shake. It tasted so good that I had a little more... I think I may have invented the best tasting colon prep. It definitely cleared things out! Glad you are able to con...
by NHMike
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

I have found that dairy causes me gas pains also. I will use gas X and it helps. I try to stick with non dairy creamer. Sometimes hard cheese will cause gas as well. I really hate taking supplements and things and try to keep them to a minimum. I'm eliminating half and half in my coffee and will do...
by NHMike
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

Hi! A lot of people do not digest milk (lactose) after they are 12. I had a genetic test showing that I am in the group of people who should limit milk intake to one glass a day. Actually, I drank a big latte each day at work and did not have any problems. But when I got the cancer simptoms, the do...
by NHMike
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

We got a couple of new coffee machines in the office and I've tried out some of the drinks: lattes, espresso, mocha, vanilla coffee. Something that I've found is gas buildup and I think that the two are related. My guess is that foamy milk drinks cause gas buildup. It's like you need to go but when ...
by NHMike
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?
Replies: 42
Views: 7761

Re: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?

Prilosec, gasex, Tylenol for the pain. Not particularly encouraging. I'm a bit afraid to eat now. Yup. It always seemed like what they offered would provide much relief. I did a lot of food fasting - less in means less out. It was for a known quantity of time - so set a goal and you know when it en...
by NHMike
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?
Replies: 42
Views: 7761

Re: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?

I haven't had surgery yet. Also I'm still pooping fine. Getting ready to head in now and I'll talk to the doctor. I was up till about 4. Puked like 4 times. Finally the pressure eased a bit and I had some peppermint tea. The upper back pain along with the upper abdominal pain was pretty severe. Sti...
by NHMike
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?
Replies: 42
Views: 7761

Re: What is radiation/chemo treatment actually like?

This sounds like constipation or a blockage. I don't recall getting nauseous while on chemo-radiation but I have been from small-bowel obstructions (those were a result of surgery, not the chemo/radiation). I went to the ER after throwing up several times when I had it - it's kind of a judgement cal...
by NHMike
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

I started a new job yesterday. My manager told me that our organization wants a bunch of people for a new project and was looking for volunteers. It's nice to know that there are still options for people in their 60s with a history of cancer.
by NHMike
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1693
Views: 413653

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

Just wondering what you think of elliptical machines. I’ve only just started working out again because of my back. I’ve always had back problems, and was diagnosed with a herniated L5-S1 back around 2009. Seems my LAR or the hospital bed or walking too much too soon made it get worse than it’s ever...

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