I can't thank you enough for all the helpful and supportive replies! I am deeply grateful to those who took time to reply with such helpful information.
To answer the questions that
-Cancer is in sigmoid colon, not rectum.
-I was told surgery would be laproscopic with no ostomy. Just reconnecting the ends of colon back together.
-CT scan was done with contrast (two kinds...IV and oral), but I don't know if my lungs were included in the scan. Lab order said Pelvic and abdominal CT scan. Does that
-I did receive copies of Colonoscopy report (with pictures) and the labs that
were done (severe anemia, low ferritin). I did not get the CT scan report, but will do so. I'm in the habit of getting copies of all my medical records anyway, but will be extra diligent with all cancer reports.
-Husband will be accompanying me to all appointments to be an extra set of ears.
-I'm researching everything I can, and I have huge list of questions for both doctors.
-I checked my labs and saw that
a CEA was done. Result was 1.9, with positive being over 5. What exactly does this mean? Is this is a good indicator of anything?
-Lab work showed INR Value as low: .98 where low normal starts at 2.0 . What is this test and what does it mean? I've Googled it but can't understand it.
Thank you for the information about Cimetidine. I will be reading more and asking for this before surgery. Thank you also for information about other tests that
should be considered before surgery. I'm making note of everything. And finally, thank you for information about staging, and especially about how old the survival rate statistics are. I had a breakdown last night while reading those online, so it's nice to know that
they aren't the harbingers of doom that
they seem. I guess I just have to wait until surgery is done, the tumour and lymph nodes are tested, and see where I am.
Chemo scares me to death. As I said, I have 4 children, and my youngest is 18 months old. One of my children is autistic, and my youngest is showing early signs of autism as well. I homeschool all of my children, and while we are on summer break now, school must start in the fall. The thought of being sick with chemo or dying of cancer, all while trying to take care of my family and homeschool and be the wife, mother, and homemaker that
I am....it's overwhelming.
I've dealt with chronic health issues in the past few years, and I don't like or trust most medical professionals; they have been very little help. I see a doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupunture regularly and have felt quite well for the past year and a half. It's hard to believe there has been colon cancer present all that
time. Is there a place on this board or those who wish to pursue alternative therapies? Some of the alt. therapies I've read about do not seem sound, but there are others that
do. Any information welcome.
Someone mentioned changing diet and exercise in order to help me through surgery and fight the cancer. I would like more specific information about where to go on this topic. My diet is fair, exercise poor (proper exercise anyway...I'm on my feet and active all day long...4 kids and a house to keep up
. We don't eat junk, I cook all meals from scratch, not much sugar, plenty of fruits and veggies. I'm gluten free because of Dermatitis Herpetiformis diagnosis. Where should I go from here? The hard core Natural Cure for Cancer websites say all vegan, raw foods diet. That
is simply not an option for me. But I'm open to other types of emphases diet-wise, and very open to supplements that
could be beneficial. That
has always been my starting point when dealing with health issues, not Western Medicine. Any information would be welcome.
Thank you again, everyone, for the help and kind words. May God reward you for your generosity.