Just finished treatment

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Just finished treatment

Postby BillyJoe » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:59 am

Hello, newbie here!
Was diagnosed in August, T3 something something.lol
Just finished 5 Fu/ Radiation last Friday, surgery not scheduled yet. I had a colonoscopy in 2015 with some polyps but non cancerous, started noticing problems around April of this year. Had just lost my brother to Mets melanoma in November and had promised my wife that I wouldn't be stubborn if I ever started having problems with anything! Had annual physical in June, they missed tumor with rectal exam. Finally got endoscopy in July which found Barretts disease. So got colonoscopy August 3 and was introduced to adenocarcinoma. 2.5 cm tumor, I'll have to look at my sheet for the specifics. I had almost no problems with the chemo other than the still metallic taste in my mouth. The radiation burn SSUUUUCKKKKS! But it will feel better when it quits hurting! I take Poly MVA almost daily which I attribute my continued good numbers to during chemo, my lowest anc was 2800 I think at the end of week 5, back up to 3800 after the weekend. Not sure what's in store but I'll meet it head on! Oh I'm 53 with a 30 year old wife, we banked sperm before I started treatment and she just did the iivf regimen, we find out Tuesday if we have a bun in the oven. Fingers crossed!

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Re: Just finished treatment

Postby susie0915 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:24 pm

Welcome to the forum. Your story sounds a little like mine. The chemo was fine during chemo/radiation but the burn from the radiation did suck. Took a couple weeks to feel back to normal. I hope everything goes smoothly with your surgery and if you have any questions or issues feel free to come here and ask. There are so many people here that are knowledgable and have done so well with treatments at all stages. Also, good luck to you and your wife on getting pregnant.
58 yr old mother of 3 Dx @ 55
5/15 DX T3N0MO/ 2A
6/15 5 wks of chemo/rad
7/15 sigmoidoscopy/scar tissue left
8/15 Pet scan NED
9/15 LAR
0/24 nodes
10/15 Bowel blockage. 3 1/2 weeks in hospital,early ileo rev, c-diff inf :(
12/15 6 rds of xelox
5/16 Clear CT lung scarring/inflammation
9/16 clear colonoscopy
4/17 CT 4mm lung nod onc thinks scar tissue
monitored for autoimmune disorder/interstitial lung disease
7/17 no change lung nodule
10/17 Clear CT
11/17 CEA<.5

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Re: Just finished treatment

Postby Pat » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:04 pm

I was also diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus and was advised that does not mean automatically advancing to cancer. However considering my luck with cancer, I get annual endoscopy to monitor status.
57 yr old. Dx 9/2015, Stage IIIc T4aN2bM0 BRAF/V600e
10/2015 Right Hemicolectomy
High Grade, poorly differentiated Adenocarcinoma of the Hepatic Flexure
25 of 30 lymph nodes cancerous extranodal extension
Barrett's Esophagus
11/2015 Folfox 12 cycles stopped 3x for month each due to low blood counts
7/30/2016 - finally finished Folfox
9/15/2016 - Clear colonoscopy, 1 sessile polyp
9/7/2017 - clear colonoscopy, next due in 3 yrs

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Re: Just finished treatment

Postby NHMike » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:40 pm

It took me one to two weeks for the radiation burns to go away. I think that it took that long to get my energy back too.
6/23/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy+Biopsy
7/13: Stage 3B rectal cancer. T3, N1b, M0. 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6 mm, 5 x 5 mm
7/31-9/8: Xeloda 3,400 mg/day+radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 9/8: 1.8. 11/30: 0.6
10/6: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 mm (-75%), 5 x 3 mm (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/30: Surgery: LAR, Temp Ileostomy
Path report: Tumor regression grade: 0 (complete response).

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Re: Just finished treatment

Postby Atoq » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:05 am

Welcome! I will be finished tomorrow with chemo and radiotherapy, I also did not have problems with chemo, but feel quite well the effects of radio :roll:

Good luck with the pregnancy test!

45 year old, mother of 2
Dx rectal cancer October 2017
At least T3N2aMX (suspect metastasis to one lung 8 mm)
Lynch negative
Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy Xeloda + 25x2 Gy
05.12.17 laparotomic surgery for blockage, colostomy

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