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by mike1965
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Health Insurance Help
Replies: 13
Views: 2612

Re: Health Insurance Help

I found this link for your State on possible resources that can help. http://www.knowcancer.com/financial-ass ... /virginia/. I looked at it and they seem to help patients. I pray all goes well with your husband.
by mike1965
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Health Insurance Help
Replies: 13
Views: 2612

Re: Health Insurance Help

It is really hard. I was in a somewhat similar situation but I was able to afford cobra thankfully. My employer was not nice and when I told them I had cancer they laid me off. You are correct cobra payments are usually pretty brutal I pay almost as much my mortgage. It is not easy but Obamacare for...
by mike1965
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 1 with no surgery...any thoughts?
Replies: 29
Views: 7961

Re: Stage 1 with no surgery...any thoughts?

I know how you feel with the wait and see approach. It is very hard mentally. I did it for six months and got scans. The scans were clear. But I had one doctor say you do not need surgery and I had one doctor say I needed surgery. I talked to people on this board and read other posts and I concluded...
by mike1965
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer - Standard of Care Approach or Neoadjuvant Chemo approach???
Replies: 30
Views: 6880

Re: Rectal Cancer - Standard of Care Approach or Neoadjuvant Chemo approach???

Always a hard choice. I started my cancer journey with the my doctor finding a polyp and he cut it out. He stated I was stage 1 and should do the wait and see approach. He would monitor me closely. I did this for six months but I educated myself during this period. During this period I got second op...
by mike1965
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: T1 rectal cancer and LVI
Replies: 10
Views: 2159

Re: T1 rectal cancer and LVI

I would get a second opinion. I did wait and see for 6 months because I listened to the doctor who found my polyp. I was T1 and he felt he cut it all out. I went to for 2nd opinion and they said I needed surgery. I did get the surgery and it saved my life. The cancer had moved and it was heading tow...
by mike1965
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Neuropathy treatments
Replies: 10
Views: 2829

Re: Neuropathy treatments

My neuropathy started near the end of my six month chemo. It good progressively worse in the beginning. First the doctor had me try vitamins it helped a little. I then tried acupuncture and it helped some. The doctor then put me on Cymbalta after six months but it had bad side effects( sexual dysfun...
by mike1965
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 43 Year Old Wife Diagnosed with Rectal Cancer. I'm very scared.
Replies: 21
Views: 5215

Re: 43 Year Old Wife Diagnosed with Rectal Cancer. I'm very scared.

In my opinion always good to see oncologist also. In my case surgeon told me I did not need to see oncologist that he believed he removed all the cancer. I went on a wait and see for six months. The surgeon did blood work and scans and said everything was good. I was not comfortable with not seeing ...
by mike1965
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just got post-surgery results and they aren't good
Replies: 59
Views: 16745

Re: Just got post-surgery results and they aren't good

My oncologist offered xeloda with Oxi or 5fU with Oxy. He told me there was not difference in effectiveness. I chose 5FU with Oxy because I would rather be on the pump for 48 hours instead of taking pills each day. I do not like to take pills. The Oxy was the hard part of the treatment. The Oxy was ...
by mike1965
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 1 with no surgery...any thoughts?
Replies: 29
Views: 7961

Re: Stage 1 with no surgery...any thoughts?

It is a tough decision. I had a small polyp but it was flat. My surgeon recommend a wait and see. He would do scan every 3 months and check my labs every month. However the cancer board and other surgeon recommend surgery. I was very confused. I waited 6 months and he did the scans and labs every th...
by mike1965
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 1 year cancerversary
Replies: 13
Views: 1519

Re: 1 year cancerversary

Great News
by mike1965
Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:28 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Preparing for Surgery... scared & need advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Re: Preparing for Surgery... scared & need advice

Hello Sanjuro, I had LARS earlier this year. My doctor was Dr. Kaiser at USC. In my opinion best move I could had made. He was able to do surgery with a scope. He is a great doctor. He did a great job and my surgery recovery was very smooth. He was not my original surgeon. I got rid of my original s...
by mike1965
Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How long post surgery back to normal?
Replies: 9
Views: 1859

Re: How long post surgery back to normal?

I take probiotics everyday and it has helped out a lot. Before that I had a hard time going to the bathroom and when I did it hurt because my stools were rock hard. With the probiotic my stools are softer and easier to pass. Hope you find something that helps.
by mike1965
Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Questions and help for newly diagnosed
Replies: 23
Views: 4022

Re: Questions and help for newly diagnosed

Do the chemo. Give yourself the best odds to defeat the cancer. Cancer is sneaky and can progress very quickly. I went from Stage 1 to Stage 3 very quickly. Chemo sucks and each person reacts differently. I just finished my 6 months on chemo. I still have neuropathy but least in my mind I am doing a...
by mike1965
Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Finished Chemo treatment FolFox
Replies: 13
Views: 1628

Re: Finished Chemo treatment FolFox

thanks Pita and hang in there Stewsberry it seem long but just think each one you are closer to the finish.
by mike1965
Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Another Newbie here - Stage IIIC questions on treatment
Replies: 32
Views: 6265

Re: Another Newbie here - Stage IIIC questions on treatment

I was in the same boat as you. Started out thinking we caught it early but after surgery and pathology I went from stage 1a to stage 3a. I just finished 12 rounds of Folfox two weeks ago. Had a clean scan and will have colonscopy end of the month. The hardest part for me in the early sessions was me...

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