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by BrownBagger
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stivarga + Avastin
Replies: 6
Views: 1579

Re: Stivarga + Avastin

I've been on Stivarga almost 2 years now and my onc has never mentioned any benefit of using Avastin as well. Stivarga already inhibits the growth of new blood vessels, which is what my understanding of what Avastin does. Would the combination of the 2 be a double-whammy or an overkill? Janie My lo...
by BrownBagger
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation Exposure Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 582

Radiation Exposure Questions

I was killing time recently, watching an old NOVA documentary on the Fukishima reactor disaster. They got into exposure levels, reporting that the max dose for nuclear plant workers is 250 miliseverts, while the lethal dose is generally considered about 600 miliseverts. The typical CT scan, I've rea...
by BrownBagger
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Recovery Time ?
Replies: 2
Views: 772

Re: Recovery Time ?

You're going to have lingering pain and discomfort for probably the coming year. And yes, radiation damage does contribute to the discomfort. The good news is that you'll gradually get back to a comfortable state. Just be aware that when/if you get reversed (I sure hope you do), thats going to be an...
by BrownBagger
Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lost a high school buddy ... during his chemo
Replies: 8
Views: 1756

Re: Lost a high school buddy ... during his chemo

Bummer, CRG. The Grim Reaper is picking us off one by one.

At least your friend left some good memories.
by BrownBagger
Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Gratitude Thread
Replies: 120
Views: 17207

Re: Gratitude Thread

Dr. Kemeny and Sloan-Kettering. And, I'm grateful to Gaelen for encouraging me to go there.
by BrownBagger
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mastan
Replies: 16
Views: 3564

Re: Mastan

My sincere condolences. He was a good friend to many of us here.
by BrownBagger
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lost a Chemo Buddy
Replies: 19
Views: 4717

Re: Lost a Chemo Buddy

Thanks everyone.

I'm glad I was around to see this last Saturday. My daughter got married!

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by BrownBagger
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Questions about Surgery
Replies: 15
Views: 1837

Re: Questions about Surgery

I can only comment on my own experience, but the hospital provided everything in the way of clothing, etc. He might want to bring toiletries. They have them, but his will be better. I had presurgical testing about a week prior to my surgery date, and took the clean-out medicine the day before. I als...
by BrownBagger
Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lost a Chemo Buddy
Replies: 19
Views: 4717

Lost a Chemo Buddy

One of the weird things about chemo is that you meet people and develop a friendship, and then you never see them again. This always leaves me wondering what happened to them. Sometimes it's easy to guess, as in the case of my friend, Pete Sweeney. He was clearly near the end of his journey, but we ...
by BrownBagger
Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Question regarding Chemo after LAR surgery
Replies: 9
Views: 1693

Re: Question regarding Chemo after LAR surgery

I was staged as 2a and I only got 4 rounds of Xelox. They counted the 5 weeks of rad/Xeloda as "time served."

I'm sure there's a lot more chemo involved with a Stage 3 dx.

The report sound encouraging, except for that one pesky lymph node.
by BrownBagger
Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: OT- Swollen lymph node in collarbone area
Replies: 26
Views: 3349

Re: OT- Swollen lymph node in collarbone area

I have lymph node involvement, but it's never caused any lymph nodes to swell up. One time, however, I did get bit by a tick (not a Lyme disease tick), and the lymph nodes under my jawbone did swell up for a couple of days. I suspect it was just my immune system fighting whatever the tick managed to...
by BrownBagger
Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: illestomy Pain
Replies: 5
Views: 895

Re: illestomy Pain

Skin irritation issues are common with illeostomies, and they can be pretty painful. Is your pain skin pain or is it internal? One thing nobody ever told me, until I figured it out on my own, is that you need to shave the skin where the wafer attaches to your skin. Otherwise, the wax will yank on th...
by BrownBagger
Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Tough Decisions
Replies: 22
Views: 3142

Re: Tough Decisions

do it, do it, do it! I paid for it yesterday and they took impressions (I always try to make a good impression). All caps. My lower teeth get ground down in about a week. Now all I need is a haircut, since my hair is growing back. I used to get my hair cut every six months--whether I needed it or n...
by BrownBagger
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: OT/Garden Update
Replies: 5
Views: 1136

Re: OT/Garden Update

I'll get the pics up next chance I get. Actually, we got a much-needed rain yesterday, with more on the way. Really helped perk up the garden. But we've had cool nights, which is why I think the cherry tomatoes are late and have tough skins. You really need hot nights to grow tomatoes well. The bean...
by BrownBagger
Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: The waiting...
Replies: 29
Views: 3675

Re: The waiting...

Where do you live? I'd highly recommend getting a referral to one of the top cancer centers--M.D. Anderson (Houston), Memorial Slone-Kettering (NYC) or Dana Farber (Boston). Those are the big 3. You'll get the best care at any of them. I drive 5 hours each way to Sloan-Kettering for consults, surger...

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