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by prs
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery
Replies: 463
Views: 164032

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

At Kaiser they wouldn't even give me an appointment until six weeks after radiation ended. I was told any earlier my rectum would be too swollen and inflamed from the radiation for them to make a good determination of the results. It was the longest six weeks of my life!! That appointment was a phys...
by prs
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery
Replies: 463
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Re: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery

Sree, lots of good information in your post, thank you for contributing to the thread. I think it's very important to note it took the full ten weeks for your tumor to finish shrinking.

We often see people who have their surgery only six weeks after radiation and that's too soon!!!
by prs
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1684
Views: 406318

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

The way I discovered I had a tumor was I started having pain in my rectum during exercise. The pain started as my pulse began to increase. At the tumor board meeting all the Drs felt obliged to stick their fingers up my ass and feel my tumor. I guess actually touching a cancer tumor was a new experi...
by prs
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1684
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Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Mike, your treatment journey is going to be a bitch, but it sure beats the alternative. :)

I firmly believe it's good to be prepared for the worst, but keep on hoping for the best, and that hope helps you keep battling on thru the treatment.
by prs
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017
Replies: 1684
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Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

I think some of the side effects of radiation depend upon the location of the tumor. Mine was very low, right at the end of the anal canal and actually into the sphincter muscles. This meant more of the radiation had to pass thru my anal area, the first side effect was I sprouted a little forest of ...
by prs
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer: Habr-Gama Watch and Wait Strategy to Avoid Surgery
Replies: 463
Views: 164032

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

Congratulations sreekanth !!!! It's good that you are getting mop-up chemo, mozart13 posted a study a couple of weeks ago that indicates it plays a big part in reducing the risk of recurrence. I had an appointment last week with one of my local Doctors and he surprised me by saying he was seeing mor...
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: 1684
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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: 1684
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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: 1684
Views: 406318

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: 5088

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: 5088

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: 463
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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: 1684
Views: 406318

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, ...

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