rp1954 wrote:...The more you can tell us, the more likely someone can help you. Where you live and other details can greatly alter your options for medical treatment and costs...
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
Caat55 wrote:Don't think of it as making him work, I worked through chemo and radiation and found it both manageable and an escape. Keeping moving, being normal helps keep cancer from owning you in my experience.
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