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by KarMel
Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:38 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon Cancer, stage 2
Replies: 44
Views: 5414

Re: Colon Cancer, stage 2

Another member, Ski, asks this question a lot. How much would you regret deciding Not to have chemo if you havea recurrence in a few years. Will you beat yourself up? Or can you say , I made the right decision for me at the time, and I can live with that choice? What if one did chemo, it caused the...
by KarMel
Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Folfiri questions??
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: Folfiri questions??

I had two rounds with irinotecan before we decided to put it aside for now. It did cause me diarrhea, but since I have a colostomy, it was no big deal. My hair did get so thin from just the 2 rounds I ultimately decided to shave it - especially when the rash was all throughout my scalp. Strangely e...
by KarMel
Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon Cancer, stage 2
Replies: 44
Views: 5414

Re: Colon Cancer, stage 2

Yes, a CT scan was done prior to the surgery. We have not ruled out the chemotherapy, however, it just SEEMS so invasive if they got the cancer out and no other signs of it. The Oncologist I have now is talking a port. I would rather something orally, but as of yet the dr office still has not rang ...
by KarMel
Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Endoscopy while on Avastin - is it SAFE?
Replies: 10
Views: 1238

Re: Endoscopy while on Avastin - is it SAFE?

I have been told need to be off avastin for at least 4 weeks before any procedure that could cause bleeding.
by KarMel
Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: BFF (fur/feathers/fins) HONOR ROLL
Replies: 22
Views: 2661

Re: BFF (fur/feathers/fins) HONOR ROLL

I will try to figure the picture thing later, but for now I will submit for the Honor Roll my 6 y.o. Shih Tzu named Kirby. He hasn't figured out the whole "mom doesn't feel good, she doesn't want to play now" thing. So, when I want to lay on couch, he insists on going for a walk or playing...
by KarMel
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Neulasta question
Replies: 11
Views: 898

Re: Neulasta question

[quote="Bev G] (He had not wanted to take it on Tuesday because his counts were fine on Monday). Bev[/quote] I think this is the main problem. His onc should have pushed him, or your husband should be a lilttle less stubborn :roll: I no longer have the option, my one says neulasta after every t...
by KarMel
Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colon cancer treatment for elderly
Replies: 6
Views: 6064

Re: Colon cancer treatment for elderly

Elderly may have a harder time with chemo and treatment for CRC. If grandma is mentally alert and competent to make decisions, she certainly should give her input. Does she have close relatives who will be able to help her at home, take her to appts, all that stuff? I have known several folks in 80'...
by KarMel
Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemo brain?
Replies: 12
Views: 1579

Re: Chemo brain?

Do you remember what you were going to go get, when you got up from the computer :roll: Regards, Michael :lol: :lol: :lol: Have you found milk in your pantry? Do you have trouble rembering words during a simple conversation? That is my biggest issue. I had to ask someone once, "what is the nam...
by KarMel
Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Update & Roadmap
Replies: 3
Views: 664

Re: Update & Roadmap

Definitely sounds like you are heading right direction. :D Keep us updated with PET results and surgery when scheduled.
by KarMel
Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Feeling a bit 'shakey!'
Replies: 17
Views: 1529

Re: Feeling a bit 'shakey!'

Welcome to the board, but so sorry you have to be here. It's a club no one wants to join :( I guess if you need a positive thought, consider this.... This means he is now one step further on the road to defeating this beast! Every step is an important part of the journey. I hope you have had discuss...
by KarMel
Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Let it die its own death
Replies: 38
Views: 3572

Re: Let it die its own death

My husband was strong and healthy in every way except for this damn cancer. His body tolerated chemo very well and his attitude was wonderful. Yet the system failed him miserably. They had NOTHING to offer him to extend his life more than a very few months. Was that a failure, and is this failure t...
by KarMel
Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ideas for advocacy
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Ideas for advocacy

Since March is CRC awareness month, I am just throwing this out of ideas of awareness we can share with others. 1. Go to Call on Congress 2. My local radio station has a weekly "informational" hour. For $300, they will let citizens talk about informational issues, be it medical, environmen...
by KarMel
Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CheeseHead?
Replies: 31
Views: 3486

Re: CheeseHead?

Let me also add myself to the number of people here who are glad to hear from you. Since I was taken off regorafenib, I did folfiri and Zaltrap for three cycles. Then was taken off Zaltrap due to severe side effects. Since beginning of Dec, I have just been doing just folfiri. Since then, My CEA has...
by KarMel
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: ZALTRAP CLUB?
Replies: 102
Views: 19801

Re: ZALTRAP CLUB?

I did folfiri and Zaltrap 3 cycles, then I was hospitalized 4 days with severe bloody diarrhea. No more Zaltrap for me, onc very worried bout g.i. Hemorrhage.
by KarMel
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: "Helicopter" caregiving
Replies: 9
Views: 1103

"Helicopter" caregiving

Ok, just an observation made this morning during chemo. Might generate some flack. No offense meant to caregivers, I was one for my mom and sister, I know what it is like to be in those shoes. I was next to a man who came in feeling like crap. He told the nurse he was having fatigue, dizziness, vomi...

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