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by CF_69
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Coping at work while on rectal cancer treatments
Replies: 10
Views: 1356

Re: Coping at work while on rectal cancer treatments

I was a seafarer until 3 months ago. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to my job. I don’t know if my company will even take me back. I was a contract employee, so limited sick benefits. They run out next month. So in all likelihood I will need to find another job, but I have surgery comin...
by CF_69
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?
Replies: 20
Views: 3369

Re: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?

Well I’m definitely feeling some pain around the anus and it feels like I’m shitting rocks. Last treatment was last Friday, so about 5-6 days ago now.

Hope it passes soon.
by CF_69
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?
Replies: 20
Views: 3369

Re: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?

I’m not sure about that. I asked the therapist if these were any stronger and she said no.

I did #25 this morning and am finished this stage.

Meet with surgeon in about 2 weeks time.
by CF_69
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 4912

Re: What surgery should I have?

Well I’m ready in the sense that I will voice my concerns and ask a few questions that I do have. My surgeon is a general surgeon / oncology surgeon. I’ve met him a few times. He dropped in on my colonoscopy, he’s run a few scenarios by me but no final plan yet. I’ve been reading these boards daily ...
by CF_69
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?
Replies: 20
Views: 3369

Re: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?

My last week I’ve had noticeable fatigue and more bowel activities like mucous farts, more frequent BM’s and definitely softer stools. I wouldn’t describe it as passing glass, more like grit. Really looking forward to the end of my final treatment tomorrow. Scared of the surgery ahead but happy to b...
by CF_69
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 4912

Re: What surgery should I have?

I don’t know why either. That’s the treatment plan my doctors came up with, so I trust their judgement.

I have two suspicious nodes so maybe they wanted to carpet bomb the whole area, so to speak.
by CF_69
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 4912

Re: What surgery should I have?

Thanks for the reply. I just hope the surgeon can leave me as much rectum as possible. It seems as though my tumor is on the colon side of the bend, and I know they need to take tissue on either side. Just hoping for the best case scenario going forward. Of course these are all things I will bring u...
by CF_69
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?
Replies: 20
Views: 3369

Re: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?

I have been taking preventative measures like the baking soda / salt water mouth rinse, putting moisturizer on my hands and feet at night, and not wiping with paper when I do have a BM. Straight into the shower. I’m pretty much eating whatever I want. A few things have upset my system but nothing to...
by CF_69
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?
Replies: 20
Views: 3369

Re: What Week Of Chemo/Radiation Do The Symptoms Start Getting Worse?

I’m in the same boat. Done 20 sessions now and have 5 more to go. I’ve had some gas and more frequent bowel movements but no pain, or pooping glass like I’ve read. My tumor is quite high though, at the sigmoid/rectosigmoid junction, maybe that has something to do with that. I worked out regularly un...
by CF_69
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Post surgery update
Replies: 21
Views: 4912

Post surgery update

Hey all, I will have this discussion with my surgeon, but I don’t see him for another couple of weeks. I have a T3 N1 adenocarcenoma in the distal sigmoid colon. Currently doing 25 Xeloda / radiation sessions. 6 more to go. So I’ve been reading about LARS a lot and it scares the shit out of me (sorr...
by CF_69
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo after Surgery?
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

Re: Chemo after Surgery?

I’m curious about this post. I had two colonoscopies as I was getting diagnosed. The first one I had done one Europe as that’s where I was. That one said I had a 5 cm tumor in the sigmoid near the rectosigmoid junction 15 cm from anal verge. My doctors in Canada wanted to do another colonoscopy when...
by CF_69
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Percentage That Have A Complete Clinical Response To Chemo/Radiation
Replies: 12
Views: 3621

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

That is a very interesting article. I’m newly diagnosed myself. T3 N1 adenocarcinoma in the sigmoid right at the rectosigmoid junction. I believe I’m being treated as rectal since I am on Xeloda and getting radiation for 5 weeks. I’m supposed to have surgery after and then possibly 4 months of chemo...

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