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by Annie50
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Hi there thanks for responding ., Were your bowels misbehaving with symptoms before at diagnosis ? Sounds like you are on track and my scan is in November and don't relish op before Xmas with 3 kids too? I don't know what response I've had yet I just feel very well and nornsl after radio ?! Xxx
by Annie50
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Would you do watch and wait ? If complete response ? Did all your original symptoms go and bowels return to normal ? Or not ? Thanks you guys xxx annie
by Annie50
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Hi

I've just finished my 5 weeks radio chemo. Was everyone totally back to normal and original symptoms gone .. did you know whether it had worked ! ? Answers very much appreciated.
Annie xx
by Annie50
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

I had 6 LN effected, and after radiation 1 still remained so was removed within the musorectal envelope during surgery,,, Yes Ann they can see the reaction to the radiation but it continues to work for weeks after, I think the peek ( no more shrinking after this time) time after radiation is 17week...
by Annie50
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

I only said that radiation kills (or at least it is supposed to) the cancer in the FIELD of the radiation. In other words, radiation is used to help sterilize the nodes around the rectum. It certainly would NOT have any effect on distant lymph nodes that were outside of the field of radiation. In a...
by Annie50
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Stopping in to say thanks for this topic. I am nearing the end of my 8 rounds of FOLFOX (at least I hope I am - I have 2 rounds left) and I'm already thinking ahead to radiation and what fresh hell that will bring. Given I had some extreme constipation during one round (which was absolute torture a...
by Annie50
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

I don't know what I would have done myself Anne without this forum this past few months. Such educated people with balanced and reseherched information and impartial advice that's priceless only willing to help in any way.... All our experience are valuable to others behind,,, All hopefully of a go...
by Annie50
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
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Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Eleda wrote:Good luck Anne,,,,
U'll be fine,,,,,
For me that was not too bad so hopefully will be the same for u..........
Fingers crossed for u
ADELE X

Thanks Adele ! I'll keep you posted .. here goes .. thanks so much for your help xxxx
by Annie50
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Yes Ann it is xeloda,,,, No my hair was ok ( so far lol) I'm very chilled, There nothing I can't deal with, This is a pain in the ASS LOL in my life butttttt that's all, ( An inconvenience for a year) I'm getting ready as we speek to go out for drinks and bingo lol I mainly had issues with my ureth...
by Annie50
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Ann,,, I'm not exactly sure TBH Ann because I was offered this surgery by my team as another option but would be done by a new kid on the block home from Boston, Shane Keelin,( he was an understudy of my original surgeon at one point in the US) On this occasion I choose age before beauty and decide...
by Annie50
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Ann,,, I'm not exactly sure TBH Ann because I was offered this surgery by my team as another option but would be done by a new kid on the block home from Boston, Shane Keelin,( he was an understudy of my original surgeon at one point in the US) On this occasion I choose age before beauty and decide...
by Annie50
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

Thanks so much ..why don't they give a stronger chemo ? Is the radiation good enough to get rid of any lymph involvement or stray cells ? .. Radiation will eventually kill anything in its way. If the stray cells have left the area via the bloodstream, then radiation can't go after it as the therapy...
by Annie50
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

The radiation shrunk my tumor by over 90% so it was successful from my point of view. In some cases, radiation results in a pathological complete response - it's been around for a long time and there's a reason for that. Is that because it is successful do you mean ? Are the latest EBRM machines th...
by Annie50
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

I should have also added that radiation is given for two main reasons. The one that everyone is aware of is to shrink the tumor. The other, just as important reason, is to 'sterilize' the lymph field around the rectum. Don't forget that that is equally important. While patients are given chemo with...
by Annie50
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer
Replies: 272
Views: 81672

Re: Surviving radiation for rectal cancer

I should have also added that radiation is given for two main reasons. The one that everyone is aware of is to shrink the tumor. The other, just as important reason, is to 'sterilize' the lymph field around the rectum. Don't forget that that is equally important. While patients are given chemo with...

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