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by susie0915
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgery Considerations
Replies: 35
Views: 6716

Re: Surgery Considerations

This is great news that your tumor is gone. My sigmoidoscopy also showed no tumor after finishing chemo/radiation, only scar tissue. I was never offered wait and watch but was told I may not need to do chemo after depending on pathology after surgery. Pathology showed clear margins, no lymph nodes, ...
by susie0915
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scans tomorrow.
Replies: 6
Views: 1178

Re: Scans tomorrow.

Wishing for good news. I understand the scanxiety I also get it.
by susie0915
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (
Replies: 42
Views: 4808

Re: Stage II but puzzle with the chemo.. : (

I was also 2a rectal cancer. I did do 6 rounds of Xelox after surgery. I had chemo/radiation before chemo and a sigmoidoscopy showed only scar tissue left and pet scan showed no cancer before surgery. My surgeon suggested depending on pathology after surgery may not have to do chemo. The pathology d...
by susie0915
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Had endoscopy, lesions found. Also hernia surgery this Thursday
Replies: 3
Views: 1139

Re: Had endoscopy, lesions found. Also hernia surgery this Thursday

My son just had a hernia repaired and the mesh was not used. He said the dr told him it was tiny so he would not use. I have seen they have had problems with the mesh as well. I also have a hernia at my ileostomy sight. It is small and does not bother me, so my surgeon wants to just watch and not do...
by susie0915
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Anastomosis Breakdown?
Replies: 1
Views: 498

Re: Anastomosis Breakdown?

Does the doctor think the enemas could be causing the issue? Also, can they see anything via exam or scope in the office? I know my surgeon does an endoscope every visit to be sure everything looks good. I also do daily enemas. My anastomosis is prob 2-3 cm from the anal verge, that is why I ask if ...
by susie0915
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 262
Views: 60932

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

This is my question about wait and watch. I had a sigmoid and pet scan after radio/chemo. The pet scan showed no cancer and the surgeon said all that was left was scar tissue after the sigmoid. I did have surgery and the pathology did show minimal residual cancer cells in the area where tumor was, ...
by susie0915
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1455
Views: 293864

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

I went without a BM for about 3 1/2 days and then it started slowly and then a day like today where it's about 15 hours of clustering. I must say that it's nice not to have to deal with bathroom stuff but not going for over two days gives me anxiety over a blockage. Water and gas were getting passe...
by susie0915
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 262
Views: 60932

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

This is my question about wait and watch. I had a sigmoid and pet scan after radio/chemo. The pet scan showed no cancer and the surgeon said all that was left was scar tissue after the sigmoid. I did have surgery and the pathology did show minimal residual cancer cells in the area where tumor was, b...
by susie0915
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need help deciding treatment after surgery!! THIS isn't Easy!!
Replies: 8
Views: 961

Re: I need help deciding treatment after surgery!! THIS isn't Easy!!

I did the chemo radiation before surgery. It worked well, as the surgeon did a sigmoidoscopy before surgery and said only scar tissue remained, so may not need chemo after surgery. The pathology showed clear margins, 0/24 lymph nodes, but minimal residual cancer cells. Chemo was recommended. My onco...
by susie0915
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lung mets 2mm
Replies: 7
Views: 1287

Re: Lung mets 2mm

I ... had repeat scans 3 months later, 6 months after that, and at 6 months again. In a similar circumstances I had a follow up scan in 3 month (low dose chest only) and then my regular yearly full body scan. They have not noticed any significant change in these nodules and I was told not to worry ...
by susie0915
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My Heart Is Gone
Replies: 17
Views: 3302

Re: My Heart Is Gone

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
by susie0915
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lung mets 2mm
Replies: 7
Views: 1287

Re: Lung mets 2mm

I had a 4 mm nodule show up in a scan 1 year after finished adjuvant chemo. Too small to biopsy or pet scan to pick up, so had repeat scans 3 months later, 6 months after that, and at 6 months again. No change in the nodule was seen and radiologist did attribute it to inflammation as I do have infla...
by susie0915
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 262
Views: 60932

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

That is awesome news. . The watch and wait option is very interesting to me. Losing most of your rectum and having surgery causes a whole set of new problems. I have figured out what works for me but there are definitely lasting side effects from both the surgery and chemotherapy. I know there is an...
by susie0915
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Percentage That Have A Complete Clinical Response To Chemo/Radiation
Replies: 12
Views: 3144

Re: Percentage That Have A Complete Clinical Response To Chemo/Radiation

I had a complete clinical response. After chemo/rad my surgeon did a sigmoid and said all that was left was scar tissue, and a pet scan showed no sign of cancer. He did not really seem surprised, and said depending what pathology shows after surgery I may not have to do chemo. The pathology after su...

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