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.
I'm trying to figure out moderate. I'd have to do those leg lunges every two to three days to maintain strength so that it wouldn't get sore every time. I have an alternate bodyweight exercise that would work the same muscles at a lower load but it's not as efficient. Leg lunges take one minute and provide a considerable workout.
I didn't take Miralax for most of the week and stools got harder towards the end. I'm wondering if radiation and/or Xeloda make me more constipated than the opposite. The Radiology doctor said that I was in the middle or balance of firm stools and that things should loosen up a lot after the third week. We'll see what happens this week.
My goal today is 10,000 steps (I'm at 7,500 right now with lots of time left in the day) based on another poster on another board telling me that she does 10,000 steps per day at the urging of her fitbit. 10,000 steps per day is around the top 35% from a chart that I saw. It's a common recommended minimum level of activity to improve health. I think that I've been doing about 5,000 steps per day since diagnosis.
My mother called looking for an update. She asked me if my hair was falling out and I said no. If anything, I have the opposite problem - facial hair keeps coming in and I can't closely shave with a razor for fear of cutting myself. So I shave without getting too close to the skin. My hair grows fairly fast and I'm hesitant about using scissors too close to myself. She asked about other, stereotypical, chemo symptoms and I said that I had some issues but nothing major so far. She mentioned that she heard that gold was being used in chemo treatments. I told her that I wasn't aware of gold usage in chemo drugs but that I would likely be using platinum-based drugs in the future. And she assumed that I wasn't working during the chemo but I told her that I was and that most people did according to my oncology nurse. She was an RN for her career so she knows more about the medical area than most but it seems that you need to either have cancer or care for someone with cancer to know what's happening with it. We talked a bit about some of the new medications that seem to cure cancer that work on some patients and about some people staying on chemo drugs for maintenance while waiting for the pharmaceutical industry to develop a cure for their cancer.
I chatted with my son about BRAF V600E and KRAS last night and he told me that he's done some work on those two in the past and did some MSI work last week.
He also described some of the sequencing technology used in genetic testing. In the old days, they could look for specific genes or sometimes specific pairs using various older methods. With "Next Gen Sequencing" they can look at a whole bunch of genes with one test. So this can greatly reduce costs if there's a need to examine a bunch of things or it can provide researchers with far more data to do analysis on known cancer genes. A lot of this stuff is way over my head but it's nice to be able to absorb a little of it. I'm hoping that I get genetic results back this week as I think that they've had the biopsy for a week now.
Mike in NH: Rectal Bleeding biopsy June 23, Diagnosed Stage 3B rectal cancer late July 2017 via MRI.
T3, N1b, M0.
Started Xeloda + Radiation 07/31/17, to continue until 09/07/17.
CEA before treatment: 2.7. CEA after 14 treatments 1.9.