teacher2017 wrote:So I meet with the surgeon for post-op and we will review the report. Is there anything I should ask? Anything you wish you had asked at your meeting? I definitely think I need a therapist regardless of the results. I've been shaken to the core. With colon cancer is radiation required? When do I ask treatment questions? How did you get names of oncologists to discuss your case with?
susie0915 wrote:I am 17 months out of treatment and just made an appt with an oncology counselor. Felt I needed to talk to someone. Please inquire if you can talk to a professional there are a lot of feelings and emotions to deal with
susie0915 wrote:I'm sorry, I know you were not expecting that news. You will get through the chemo to erase any cancer cells that may remain. Chemo can be challenging, but side effects can be controlled. It's not like the old days. Were you told what type of chemo you will be receiving, Folfox or Xelox? I had Xelox, I think they're equally effective just administered differently. I remembering being upset when I found I needed chemo after surgery, but I made it through and don't regret doing it. So many stage 3 patients on this forum have had successful treatments and have been NED for many years. Again, if you can ask your oncologist is there is a counselor you can talk to, it may be helpful.
jep wrote:Hi Teacher2017.....if you peek at my signature (about my hubby) you'll notice a few similarities in your situations.... (my husband and I are also both teachers)....I've learned so much from this group, but a very important point from some members that my man and I keep in our minds is chemo as an ally....we think of each treatment as a step toward victory....my husband has completed 4 of 12 folfox treatments and he's doing well! He's staying super positive and enjoying life. Once he kind of, sort of recovered from surgery, we've been in a much better place. If I think back to mid May, I never would have thought that we'd be Ok right now. I wish you much rest, healing, and positivity! Take it slow and accept help when offered.
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