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by prs
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1589
Views: 342353

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I'm in favor of moderate exercise during treatment, I just think it wouldn't be wise to overdo it.

A strained muscle is the last thing you need when you have to make a dash for the restroom. :P
by prs
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1589
Views: 342353

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Mike, for the next four weeks you need your body to focus entirely on shrinking your tumor.

Maybe take it easy on the exercise so your body's attention isn't diverted to fixing muscle aches and strains?
by prs
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1589
Views: 342353

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Mike, there's a lot of bone in the pelvic area and it's likely the radiation will impact your bone marrow's ability to produce blood cells. I know all my counts dropped to below normal levels during radiation, and I believe this is one of the main causes of fatigue and the inability to exercise at t...
by prs
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 30-40 Grams of Fiber Per Day !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 3688

Re: 30-40 Grams of Fiber Per Day !!!

To be clear, the original poster seems to have had his cancer stuff wrapped up in 2015 and was looking to increase fiber in a caloric-efficient way implying that his digestive system was back to normal. There's a hint that weight-loss is a goal as well which is in the context of the suggestions tha...
by prs
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 30-40 Grams of Fiber Per Day !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 3688

30-40 Grams of Fiber Per Day !!!

I had my annual colonoscopy last week and, for the first time, the write-up included a recommendation to take a fiber supplement. Apparently a healthy colon requires 30 grams of fiber daily for women, and 40 grams for men. I did some research and realized my consumption was less than 20 grams per da...
by prs
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery
Replies: 413
Views: 129728

Re: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery

Had my annual colonoscopy last week and everything looked good, so two years NED at this point. :D My follow up appointments now go from quarterly to every six months.

I know everyone has to make their own decision but "Watch and Wait" is certainly working out well for me.
by prs
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1589
Views: 342353

Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Mike, if you are still concerned the tumor is blocking you up....my colonoscopy prep includes 24 hours of a clear liquid diet followed by drinking a gallon of MiraLax solution at a rate of one 8 oz glass every ten minutes. Essentially this turns the entire contents of your colon to a watery liquid, ...
by prs
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery
Replies: 413
Views: 129728

Re: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery

My oncologist didn't count the five weeks of xeloda during radiation, so my chemo treatment plan was for the full six months!!! I know I was tempted to call it quits about four months into chemo because it seemed like the side effects were cumulative and things got worse after each cycle but, in ret...
by prs
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Xeloda for Stage II - did you work?
Replies: 14
Views: 4930

Re: Xeloda for Stage II - did you work?

It's all about the dose!!!

A higher dose kicked my butt, a lower dose was tolerable.
by prs
Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery
Replies: 413
Views: 129728

Re: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery

I was offered treatment of 8 three week cycles of Xelox or 12 two week cycles of Folfox, and I chose the Xelox. I believe the Oxaliplatin dose for Xelox is 50% bigger than the dose for Folfox because it has to last three weeks instead of the two weeks for Folfox. I ended up having only the first six...
by prs
Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: barely above normal WBC count
Replies: 2
Views: 913

Re: barely above normal WBC count

If you had radiation treatment you'll likely have blood counts on the low end of normal for the rest of your life. There's a lot of bone in the pelvic area and radiation zaps the marrow.
by prs
Mon May 01, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery
Replies: 413
Views: 129728

Re: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery

I had a follow up appointment last week and learned some new things. Apparently the w&w approach is thought to be more appropriate for those patients with very low tumors whose surgery would require removal of the sphincter with all its complications and subsequent effects on QOL. Also w&w m...
by prs
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: T3N0M0 Rectal Cancer- refuse surgery?
Replies: 53
Views: 13021

Re: T3N0M0 Rectal Cancer- refuse surgery?

I quit smoking the week before radiation began, and chewed nicorette gum all thru treatment. :mrgreen: I too walked for an hour or so most days, but this became more difficult towards the end of treatment when the burn blisters on my butt became too sore. You may want to be prepared for this eventua...
by prs
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 10 years ago today
Replies: 17
Views: 3330

Re: 10 years ago today

Dear weissoccermon (or Jaynee :) ) I have found your posts to be sensible, factual, wise, thought provoking, and just downright common sense! You are one of the ladies I very much admire on this board. I think your contributions to this forum are beyond value. I congratulate you on your dedication t...
by prs
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery
Replies: 413
Views: 129728

Re: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery

mozart13, my tastebuds were impacted during chemo such that anything with any taste tasted awful. As a result I was reduced to eating very bland foods; bread, fries, pasta, TV dinners, etc, etc. Also I was too fatigued and so sorry for myself that I didn't exercise. As a result I gained 20 lbs durin...

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