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by BrownBagger
Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:33 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo Lifer
Replies: 12
Views: 2450

Re: Chemo Lifer

I have an insurance question about this...any of you with private insurance? Do they just keep paying for your treatments? At this time I am on Keytruda so my onc has to get additional approval, but this has started to become one of my concerns with new year approaching. If this drug stops working ...
by BrownBagger
Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo Lifer
Replies: 12
Views: 2450

Re: Chemo Lifer

The bad news is that there are only a limited number of treatments and when they all stop working, the disease takes over. The good news is that new treatments and procedures are in the works, and I expect to see a new generation of immunotherapy treatments to be coming on line over the next few yea...
by BrownBagger
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just diagnosed and hopeless
Replies: 22
Views: 3466

Re: Just diagnosed and hopeless

From what I can see, you're a long way from hopeless. You may feel helpless, but that's different. I agree that M.D. Anderson is a good choice in your case. I drive 5 hours each way to NYC to see my onc at Sloan-Kettering, and I feel blessed to be so close to such fine care. As Juliej says, it does ...
by BrownBagger
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Hello from a new member
Replies: 8
Views: 1373

Re: Hello from a new member

Welcome to the forum.
by BrownBagger
Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Read my sig, and yay me for current status!
Replies: 27
Views: 3811

Re: Read my sig, and yay me for current status!

Fantastic news, Rob. I don't think anyone has ever shown that radiation from scans has any direct affect on your longevity or health. Of course, I could be wrong.
by BrownBagger
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: PET/CT scan accuracy
Replies: 2
Views: 909

Re: PET/CT scan accuracy

Worrying is a waste of time and I know it's an easy thing to say, but a lot harder to actually accomplish. Try to reduce your stress levels and you'll live longer. What I try to do is find something to occupy my attention so that I can at least temporarily forget about whatever it is I'd be worrying...
by BrownBagger
Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My mother was just diagnosed with colon cancer.. The report is over my head.
Replies: 14
Views: 2755

Re: My mother was just diagnosed with colon cancer.. The report is over my head.

bitchslapped wrote:I hope you immediately edit this public post by removing your mother's name & birth date.


I edited that stuff out. Thanks BS for the heads-up.
by BrownBagger
Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Kenny is gone
Replies: 33
Views: 7080

Re: Kenny is gone

This is hard.

Kenny was a great friend.
by BrownBagger
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Digestion Problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1193

Re: Digestion Problem

If she wasn't digesting the food, it would eventually sour and come back up. If she's not vomiting, then it's getting digested--just not in a comfortable way. I'm sure there's some medicinal remedy that should help, like an antacid. But if she has a doctor, especially an oncologist, she should call ...
by BrownBagger
Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Bad CT Scan
Replies: 78
Views: 9985

Re: Bad CT Scan

Yes, good luck Jim. I sure hope it turns out to be nothing. JulieJ had something like that. They determined that it was benign after removing it. So, CT scans aren't all that revealing.
by BrownBagger
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 30/2020
Replies: 279
Views: 131225

Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ June 13/2016

The longer I manage to hang in there, the more optimistic I get. Generally.
by BrownBagger
Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Clustering
Replies: 13
Views: 3693

Re: Clustering

I've clustered since getting reversed back in '09, but these days I mostly attribute it to chemo. The time or two that I've been off chemo for extended periods (months), the clustering stopped and my bowel situation returned to something resembling normal. I have noticed however, that it's a lot wor...
by BrownBagger
Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Bad CT Scan
Replies: 78
Views: 9985

Re: Bad CT Scan

I know the feeling. When my first lung node was diagnosed, I figured I was not long for this world. That was about 6 years ago. I've since regained some hope that if I hold out long enough, there will be new treatments and procedures that will allow us to kick the can down the road while they figure...
by BrownBagger
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Clustering
Replies: 13
Views: 3693

Re: Clustering

I call having bowel movement a "process." I totally relate to the frustration at never feeling that you're done. You might try Imodium or better yet, Lomotil, which needs a script. Those two meds can buy you some downtime so you can, for example, get a good night's sleep or get through the...

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