Piper7486 wrote:...Thank you all so much for the information we did get the results from the tumor board last night and they are saying stage two...
Piper7486 wrote:... I just want to make sure we are going in and asking useful questions so we can have as much knowledge as possible.
O Stoma Mia wrote:If you can't think of any questions to ask, you could look at questions others have asked in the past:
- On this Forum:
FYI Questions to ask your doctor
Looking for question to ask
1st Post-Op Meeting w/ the Surgeon - What questions to ask?
Questions for the oncologist/second opinions
Back from Oncologist; Now I Have Questions.
- On the Internet: Note - Many of these questions from the Internet pertain to other types of cancer
Questions For Your Oncologist
Questions to Ask the Oncologist About a Cancer Diagnosis
Ask the right questions: Get the most out of your oncology appointments
Questions for oncologist?
O Stoma Mia wrote:To create a signature, click on the link below. You can have up to 512 characters (including spaces) in your signature.
Some items that you could include in your signature are given below:
Age & Sex
DX: Rectal Cancer (RC) or Colon Cancer (CC)
Tumor Location: If RC, then upper, middle or lower rectum, and distance from anal verge. If CC, then ascending colon, hepatic flexure, transverse colon, splenic flexure, descending colon, sigmoid colon, or recto-sigmoid junction, etc.
Tumor type: Adenocarcinoma; villous adenoma; signet ring-cell carcinoma, etc.
Tumor size (in mm or cm)
G1: Well differentiated (low grade)TNM code: e,g, T3N0M0, etc
G2: Moderately differentiated (intermediate grade)
G3: Poorly differentiated (high grade)
G4: Undifferentiated (high grade)
Stage : Stage I, Stage II, Stage III or Stage IV (with subscript, if applicable)
Positive lymph nodes: eg., X positive out of Y sampled.
Mets: Location of metastases, if any (e.g., mets to liver, mets to lungs, etc)
Baseline CEA value (if known)
Lymphovascular invasion (LVI) (if known): present vs. absent
Perineural invasion (PNI) (if known): present vs. absent
Surgical margins: clear or involved
MSI status (if known)
Lynch status (if known)
KRAS/BRAF status (if known)
Primary surgery type:
LAR, ULAR, TME, APR, Laparascopic vs. open resection, polypectomy, proctosigmoidectory, colectomy, hemi-colectomy, sigmoid-colectomy, etc...Ostomy surgery: Ileostomy, or colostomy, or no ileo surgery
Radiation therapy (if any): Chemo/rad
Chemotherapy (if any): e.g., XELOX, CAPEOX, FOLFOX, etc.
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NOTE: Here is a list of acronyms if you need some help in understanding the jargon typically used in signatures:
List of Acronyms
rp1954 wrote:I would invest in extra initial blood testing, even though it is most useful and sensitive starting before surgery...
rp1954 wrote:We found that there was such a thing as "immediate first aid" for colon cancer to drastically improve the situation; even with metastatic stage 4b. I read these articles, mostly in the first 24 hrs: Life Extension Foundation's intro to CRC, cancer surgery, Beyond colonscopy, Preventing surgery induced metastasis. Adding some mild drugs and targeted, extra potent supplements totally changed our situation, inexpensively.
Also we invested in extra blood work that may cost a few hundred dollars extra initially, and that has paid many dividends.
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