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by Cmarie03
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: When I started chemotherapy...
Replies: 21
Views: 4465

Re: When I started chemotherapy...

Congrats!! Oh I loathe the lovenox - have to take for a few months bc I got stupid blood clot around my port. But congrats on NED!! I hope to be where you are one day!!
by Cmarie03
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation induced menopause
Replies: 6
Views: 942

Radiation induced menopause

Hi all! I am a 34yo female with rectal cancer. I’ve been told that this radiation I’m undergoing will kill my ovaries and push me into menopause. And I just don’t know what to expect. I guess I will just KNOW?? I am so confused by it all. I guess my periods will just stop?? Did everyone have horribl...
by Cmarie03
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly Diagnosed Stage 3C Rectal Cancer
Replies: 12
Views: 1921

Re: Newly Diagnosed Stage 3C Rectal Cancer

Just wanted to say I hear you and it sounds like we are very similar in our respective journeys. I was diagnosed in February with Stage 3 Colorectal (right at the crux of the two) Cancer. I had my port installed Monday and 1st round of FOLFOX starts on Thursday. Hey JackabeeMom, god bless you, it’s...
by Cmarie03
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?
Replies: 784
Views: 315066

Re: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?

Omg this gives me hope!!! I was diagnosed stage IIIC rectal cancer on December 20, 2018. I did chemo and begin my radiation today at MD Anderson in Houston. Thank you for bumping this and for encouragement!!!
by Cmarie03
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation tips for rectal cancer
Replies: 3
Views: 652

Radiation tips for rectal cancer

I start my radiation treatment on 3/18. I’ve read on here about vaginal stenosis and I plan to address this with my gyno/radiologist before treatment. Any other tips on getting through it?? Did everyone have the horrible side effects I’ve read about on here?? I wasn’t concerned about radiation until...
by Cmarie03
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New here and questions about disappearing/shrinking nodes
Replies: 7
Views: 1972

Re: New here and questions about disappearing/shrinking nodes

Nordy1, any update on your scans? I just had an appt today and they saw “indeterminate” spots on my lung and liver. I’m in the same spot.
by Cmarie03
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Genetic test results
Replies: 7
Views: 934

Re: Genetic test results

Oh KimT I am sorry to hear that. I know and that’s why I was asking...my mom had breast cancer from taking hormone replacement for so long. I am worried even radiation will kill my ovaries but I guess I’ll find out
by Cmarie03
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Genetic test results
Replies: 7
Views: 934

Re: Genetic test results

My genetic testic came back with no mutations detected. After several meetings with a genetic counselor, we know that there is an unknown genetic factor.... My grandfather was diagnosed with CRC at 51, my father at 60 and myself at 40. I continue to grow polyps at an alarmingly fast rate. I current...
by Cmarie03
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Genetic test results
Replies: 7
Views: 934

Re: Genetic test results

Congratulations! The wait to hear whether one has Lynch is not pleasant, is it? BTDT. Definitely good that you are meeting with the genetic counselor. If I were you I'd read up on the subject so that you can ask the best possible questions...and write them down before you go in. :) FWIW, the only p...
by Cmarie03
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Genetic test results
Replies: 7
Views: 934

Genetic test results

I got diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer at 33. Got genetic testing and the counselor really seemed to think it would come back positive for lynch. It came back negative - no mutations found. I’m taking results to md Anderson genetic counselor this week. Just surprised as I had prepared myself for...
by Cmarie03
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Made it almost 2 years, now it’s back. Any MD Anderson advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 2254

Re: Made it almost 2 years, now it’s back. Any MD Anderson advice?

I don’t have any advice as far as doctors or treatment but I can tell you it’s been very easy and streamlined for me to work locally with my onc for chemo and md Anderson for my scans/treatment plan. I have been able to get appts easily around when I will be at md for my scans and I have been impres...
by Cmarie03
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly Diagnosed Stage 3C Rectal Cancer
Replies: 12
Views: 1921

Re: Newly Diagnosed Stage 3C Rectal Cancer

Also labs4me, how much did her tumor shrink after 4 rounds of FOLFOX? I am worried they’ll make me do more chemo after these first 4 but I will roll with whatever they tell me to do. I have been impressed with MD Anderson and the team there. I am doing my chemo locally back at home but I haven’t dec...
by Cmarie03
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly Diagnosed Stage 3C Rectal Cancer
Replies: 12
Views: 1921

Re: Newly Diagnosed Stage 3C Rectal Cancer

Labs4Me - oh thank you for the reply!! The plan I do believe is the 4 rounds of FOLFOX, 6 weeks of radiation/chemo pill, the big surgery (which will require a plastic surgeon, urologist too for me as well) then more chemo I am sure. I am glad to hear her surgery went well - who was her surgeon, dr y...
by Cmarie03
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Newly Diagnosed Stage 3C Rectal Cancer
Replies: 12
Views: 1921

Newly Diagnosed Stage 3C Rectal Cancer

Hi all - I am a 33yo recently diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer. Complete shock as cancer/colorectal cancer does not run in my family. My tumor is staged at T4N2a (I think I wrote that right). Anyways, came back home for holidays and 12/20/18 developed a cyst around tumor which put me in pain, se...

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