In The Sun

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tmberwoof
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In The Sun

Postby tmberwoof » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:20 pm

So how bad is stay out of the sun treatment. I like Being outside, whether its for walks with my dog or what ever. I live in Arizona and like to go 4wheeling in the mountains, go rock hounding or just wander about. Am I going to have to severely limit those activities and stay inside only? Does long sleeve shirts and "safari" hats ()wide brimmed) help any? and is this just thru treatment or would this be a "forever thing"? there are so many questions and so little time.

Yes these could probably be answered by my onc but would like to9 hear from you who have true experience with such things.

Tmberwoof
April 17 2017 dx colon cancer stage 1+ n0m0
April 18 2017 bowel resection of 12"
July 28 2017 dx mets to the liver now stage 4
Sept 5 2017 power port inserted
Sept 13 2017 chemo begins FolFox 5Fu with Avastin

stage 4 colon cancer living in my liver

NHMike
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Joined: Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:43 am

Re: In The Sun

Postby NHMike » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:21 pm

I went to the beach yesterday and it was sunny.

I wore long sleeve dress shirt, mirrored sunglasses, long pants, socks, running shorts, light vest and a baseball cap. I did this before cancer as well and my wife generally covers up though in loose, flowing clothes. Too many stories of skin cancer when I was growing up.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8, 2/12 1.2
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/17: 2.7 2.2 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/17: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
CapeOx (8) 12/17-6/18
7/18: Reversal, Port Removal
2/19: Clean CT

JudiB
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Re: In The Sun

Postby JudiB » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:53 pm

Hi NHNike,
I just put on lots of factor 50 sunscreen and try not to sit out in the sun too long but we have a little farm and the animals still need attention! We too love to walk and spend time outdoors and at the start if chemo, I wore hats, jackets etc but it soon got too hot so good sunscreen it is!! Covering up as best you can makes sense even without the chemo stuff and there are some great sunscreens that rub right in!
I hope you have lots of happy...sun-safe days in the wild! Doing the things we love is even more important now ... good for the morale so enjoy your time outdoors. .sure it will do you more good than harm!
Hope the chemo is going ok now.
Love across the miles!
Xx
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. Oxaliplatin for 4 treatments, then just 5 FU and Leucovorin for remaining 8 treatments.
June 2017 clear scan
Last chemo August 2017
August 2017 clear scan
February 2018 clear scan

tmberwoof
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Joined: Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:08 pm

Re: In The Sun

Postby tmberwoof » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:25 pm

I suppose I should have stated not yet started chemo, just trying to get as much info I can Before I start. Will be on Folfox as soon as my surgeon can schedule an appointment for the port. Not returning my calls, hmmmm..
April 17 2017 dx colon cancer stage 1+ n0m0
April 18 2017 bowel resection of 12"
July 28 2017 dx mets to the liver now stage 4
Sept 5 2017 power port inserted
Sept 13 2017 chemo begins FolFox 5Fu with Avastin

stage 4 colon cancer living in my liver

Ron50
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Joined: Fri Feb 10, 2006 7:04 pm

Re: In The Sun

Postby Ron50 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:02 pm

Hi tmbrwoof,
Dodging the sun has become a way of life for me. I had 48 weekly sessions of 5fu and I was warned by my onc to avoid the sun and if I must go out layer on the sunscreen and protective clothing. It has not helped living in the tropics and being a mad keen fisherman. Unfortunately for me my cancer and chemo legacy has been a raft of auto immune problems. It has necessitated the use of powerful immuno- suppressants including methotrexate, prednisone ,arava and now cyclosporine. I have to see the skin cancer specialist every six months and am enduring the death of a thousand cuts or at least that is what it seems like. Skin cancer is the same as any cancer , ignore it at your peril. I took all the advised precautions during and since chemo but I have still had more than my share of cut and burn since then. ( This is my twentieth year of survival ex stage 3 c colon cancer)Ron.
dx 1/98
st 3 c 6 nodes
48 sessions 5Fu/levamisole
no recurrence cea <.5
numerous l/t side effects of chemo


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