Today is my last day of Chemo!

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Beckster
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Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby Beckster » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:23 pm

It has been a long six months, but in 2 hours I will take my last dose of Xeloda. :D :D :D
I want to take this time to thank all of you on this forum who helped me through the side effects and helped get solutions to any problem. Without you, I wonder if I would have been able to finish.

As I was thinking about the end, I am now thinking about all the CT scans and bloodwork, especially CEA numbers. Scanxiety is now setting in.....but this forum will help me through it! Ct scans every 6 months and bloodwork every 3 months. My oncologist said I have an excellent prognosis, but I reminded him that if something were to happen, it would happen to me! :shock: :o

Thanks again!
57/Female
DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
Tumor type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Tumor grade: G3 (surgical) G2 (biopsy from colonoscopy)
TNM: T3N0M0/IIA
Positive lymph nodes: 0 out of 24
Preoperative CEA- 1.9, Pre Chemo 2.5
Lymphovascular invasion
Surgical margins: clear
Lynch- Negative
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction to oxaliplatin on first infusion-discontinued
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda monotherapy
6/26/17- CT scan and bloodwork (cea 3.6) NED :)

TXLiz
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Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby TXLiz » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:31 pm

Awesome! Time to party! Celebrate before you get back on the worry train.
Vomiting and blockage 9/19/16 46 y F
R hemi colectomy 9/20/16
Stage 3 B CRC, located in cecum
3 out of 16 lymph nodes positive
perineural invasion/lymphovascular invasion
infiltrating, mod differentiated adenocarcinoma with a mucinous component
separate tumor nodules present in pericolonic adipose tissue
Baseline PET scan clear 9/16 CEA 0.5
FOLFOX 10/16- 3/17
April 16th, CT scan clear. CEA 1.1
Lynch "inconclusive"

Lee
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Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby Lee » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:15 pm

Congratulations, that is a MAJOR milestone. I agree party time.

For some strange reason, my 1st 3 month follow up was easy, I wasn't worried. BUTT the next 3 month follow up. Once I got the results, took about 24 hrs for me to unwind myself. Did not sleep well for a few nights leading up to the results and for 24 hrs after.

Remember one day at a time, one step at a time,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

mozart13
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Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby mozart13 » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:49 pm

Congrats Bekster,
It is not eassy to go through chemo, I just finished my 4th folfox, and find it tough, hate it, even though my oncologist said that I have excellent response to Oxilaplatin.

You definetlly earned party, you've donne every thing by the book, enjoy it, those tests are reassurance, dont drive yourself nuts by thinking too much about it. What is the plan, after all the torture, recovery, hobby, work?
You are still young, try to pre-occupy your mind with something different , away from current trend, if possiblle!
Congrats again, wish you well!
55 year, male, never been seek in my life.
Diagnosed with T1,T2 N0 M0 rectal cancer, tumor 4.5cm,
Stage 1
CEA 2.0
Discovered by pure lack, after taking baby ASA, had blood in stool.
25 sessions of Xeloda 1750 twice a day and Radiation 50 gy finished end of January 2017
Tumor erased, CCR, negative mri, ct, scope, just scar left, no evidence of cancer
W&W approach 8)
April 2017, started folfox 10 rounds, every second week

justin case
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Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby justin case » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:09 pm

Beckster wrote:It has been a long six months, but in 2 hours I will take my last dose of Xeloda. :D :D :D
I want to take this time to thank all of you on this forum who helped me through the side effects and helped get solutions to any problem. Without you, I wonder if I would have been able to finish.

As I was thinking about the end, I am now thinking about all the CT scans and bloodwork, especially CEA numbers. Scanxiety is now setting in.....but this forum will help me through it! Ct scans every 6 months and bloodwork every 3 months. My oncologist said I have an excellent prognosis, but I reminded him that if something were to happen, it would happen to me! :shock: :o

Thanks again!

I was diagnosed 6 years ago today. and I have forgotten most of what treatments were like. There is a life ahead of you, and try not to treat every nuance, that happens, such as a pain in your side, a sore in your mouth, or constipation, as a recurrence, go to GP and find out ! Good luck with you're new fortune on life ! 8) 8) 8) 8)
Bro Nut
Do your scans, and blood work, and perhaps things will be better, and your journey, is close to it's end .
7/11 diagnosed Stage 2 colon and rectal cancer
chemo/rad
lar/temp ilio
Reversal & port removal
21 round of chemo Folfox 9tx, 5fu 12 tx
Last treatment July 2012

Beckster
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Location: New Jersey

Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby Beckster » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:31 pm

mozart13 wrote:Congrats Bekster,
It is not eassy to go through chemo, I just finished my 4th folfox, and find it tough, hate it, even though my oncologist said that I have excellent response to Oxilaplatin.

You definetlly earned party, you've donne every thing by the book, enjoy it, those tests are reassurance, dont drive yourself nuts by thinking too much about it. What is the plan, after all the torture, recovery, hobby, work?
You are still young, try to pre-occupy your mind with something different , away from current trend, if possiblle!
Congrats again, wish you well!


Thanks! This is my 3rd year of retirement from my full time job as an educator; however, I work on a part time basis as a consultant and literacy professor. My husband made me stay home for 6 months to make sure that I had as less stress and energy to get through all 8 cycles. It worked...I did not miss a cycle and my bloodwork was always pristine (that is what my onc would say :lol: ). I am going to relax for the summer and in the fall, I will be going back to teaching at the university and consultanting in school districts.
57/Female
DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
Tumor type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Tumor grade: G3 (surgical) G2 (biopsy from colonoscopy)
TNM: T3N0M0/IIA
Positive lymph nodes: 0 out of 24
Preoperative CEA- 1.9, Pre Chemo 2.5
Lymphovascular invasion
Surgical margins: clear
Lynch- Negative
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction to oxaliplatin on first infusion-discontinued
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda monotherapy
6/26/17- CT scan and bloodwork (cea 3.6) NED :)

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MikeManess
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Location: Forney, Texas

Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby MikeManess » Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:33 pm

Major congrats on making it through chemo! Now starts the next phase - hoping and praying. Hang in there!
3/11 Colonoscopy - 9 benign polyps, 1 large cancerous tumor in right ascending colon
3/23 First meeting with Oncologist
4/19 Right colectomy
4/21 discharged from hospital
6/3 Two liver spots detected, added Avastin to Folfox
10/5 Oxaliplatin stopped after 10 rounds
12/20 Liver surgery. Pathology shows no active cancer cells
1/18 Mop-up chemo, Folfiri + Avastin
2/7 Baseline CT and MRI show no cancer - in remission and NED

JudiB
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Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby JudiB » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:19 am

Congratulations! The end of your chemo... certainly warrants a celebration! Can't wait for the end of mine. ..just done number 8 so 4 to go!
Enjoy the freedom!
Xxxx
May 2004 Breast cancer lumpectomy followed by radiotherapy, Tamoxifen 5 years, then Femara 2 years.

Jan 2017 resection around colo-rectal junction
T2bN1 M0
March 2017 Chemo Folfox started
June 2017 clear scan

michelle c
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Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby michelle c » Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:57 am

Be positive and listen to your oncologist...you have a great prognosis. I was stage III and had annual scans because my oncologist/surgeon was concerned about the radiation causing cancer with three monthly bloods.
25 May 09 Dx with CC (sigmoid colon) 2 days after my 44th b'day
CEA prior to surgery 4.7
3 Jun 09 LAR - Stage III 3/10 lymph nodes
6 Jul - 10 Dec 09 12 cycles FOLFIRI
Genetic testing - inconclusive for Lynch
Jul 12 port removed & hernia repair

Beckster
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Location: New Jersey

Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby Beckster » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:37 am

Thanks everyone for your continued support and guidance!!! :D :D
57/Female
DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
Tumor type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Tumor grade: G3 (surgical) G2 (biopsy from colonoscopy)
TNM: T3N0M0/IIA
Positive lymph nodes: 0 out of 24
Preoperative CEA- 1.9, Pre Chemo 2.5
Lymphovascular invasion
Surgical margins: clear
Lynch- Negative
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction to oxaliplatin on first infusion-discontinued
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda monotherapy
6/26/17- CT scan and bloodwork (cea 3.6) NED :)

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peanut_8
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Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby peanut_8 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:43 am

Congratulations Becky!!! That is wonderful news.
Terri aka peanut
diagnosed Jan 14, RC stage 2a, age 56
permanent colostomy
MSS
April 14, 28 chemo/rad with Xeloda
June 14 adjuvant Xeloda 6 rounds
currently NED

Beckster
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Location: New Jersey

Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby Beckster » Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:18 am

peanut_8 wrote:Congratulations Becky!!! That is wonderful news.


Thanks peanut_8! I appreciate your help during the past 6 months!

Becky
57/Female
DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
Tumor type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Tumor grade: G3 (surgical) G2 (biopsy from colonoscopy)
TNM: T3N0M0/IIA
Positive lymph nodes: 0 out of 24
Preoperative CEA- 1.9, Pre Chemo 2.5
Lymphovascular invasion
Surgical margins: clear
Lynch- Negative
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction to oxaliplatin on first infusion-discontinued
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda monotherapy
6/26/17- CT scan and bloodwork (cea 3.6) NED :)

Jacques
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Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby Jacques » Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:12 am

.Long Term Effects of Chemotherapy on Your Body
http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=54613&p='432997#p432997

Post Treatment Questions to Ask
http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=55492&p=440268#p440191

Note: The MD Anderson (New Jersey) website states:
...As part of your transition into this new phase of care, you will be scheduled for an End of Active Treatment appointment. This appointment with our Survivorship Care Team will include a:

  • Short visit with an oncology nurse practitioner.
  • Written, detailed summary of the patient’s cancer treatment for your personal medical records.
  • Survivorship Care Plan — a personalized plan to help you stay on track for follow-up appointments, cancer screenings, and any imaging and laboratory work you may need.

Have you had your "End of Active Treatment" appointment yet? If so, what was the outcome?
DX(2012): RC
Stage IIc,T4b N0 M0 L0 PN1 H0 D0 P0 I1
LAR
MSI: not tested
Chimio-radiothérapie
Chimiothérapie adjuvante : capécitabine + oxaliplatine
CEA < 1.0,
5 years NED,
End of 6-month follow-ups: 7/2017
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Beckster
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Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby Beckster » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:54 am

Jacques wrote:.Long Term Effects of Chemotherapy on Your Body
http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=54613&p='432997#p432997

Post Treatment Questions to Ask
http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=55492&p=440268#p440191

Note: The MD Anderson (New Jersey) website states:
...As part of your transition into this new phase of care, you will be scheduled for an End of Active Treatment appointment. This appointment with our Survivorship Care Team will include a:

  • Short visit with an oncology nurse practitioner.
  • Written, detailed summary of the patient’s cancer treatment for your personal medical records.
  • Survivorship Care Plan — a personalized plan to help you stay on track for follow-up appointments, cancer screenings, and any imaging and laboratory work you may need.

Have you had your "End of Active Treatment" appointment yet? If so, what was the outcome?


Thanks for the info....No, he did not say anything about the Survivorship Care Team. All I know right now is that he said CT every 6 months for 2-3 years and bloodwork every 3 months.
Maybe he is waiting for my appt the end of June. I have a CT and bloodwork scheduled next week. If he doesn't say anything, I am going to ask.
57/Female
DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
Tumor type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Tumor grade: G3 (surgical) G2 (biopsy from colonoscopy)
TNM: T3N0M0/IIA
Positive lymph nodes: 0 out of 24
Preoperative CEA- 1.9, Pre Chemo 2.5
Lymphovascular invasion
Surgical margins: clear
Lynch- Negative
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction to oxaliplatin on first infusion-discontinued
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda monotherapy
6/26/17- CT scan and bloodwork (cea 3.6) NED :)

Jacques
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Joined: Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:38 am

Re: Today is my last day of Chemo!

Postby Jacques » Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:30 am

Beckster wrote:... Thanks for the info....No, he did not say anything about the Survivorship Care Team. All I know right now is that he said CT every 6 months for 2-3 years and bloodwork every 3 months.
Maybe he is waiting for my appt the end of June. I have a CT and bloodwork scheduled next week. If he doesn't say anything, I am going to ask.

The bloodwork next week is important because it represents the baseline for your 5:year surveillance program. For this reason, it makes sense to have a comprehensive blood test, including all of the major blood panels, plus certain key additional tests, even if you have to pay for some of these tests yourself.

Member rp1954 has written about this many times. Here are some examples of his posts on the value of having good, comprehensive baseline data to work with:
http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=55285&p=438646#p438646

http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=52840&p=416346#p416346

http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=50038&p=380871#p380871
DX(2012): RC
Stage IIc,T4b N0 M0 L0 PN1 H0 D0 P0 I1
LAR
MSI: not tested
Chimio-radiothérapie
Chimiothérapie adjuvante : capécitabine + oxaliplatine
CEA < 1.0,
5 years NED,
End of 6-month follow-ups: 7/2017
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