Alcohol use since diagnosis

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Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby angie1975 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:58 pm

Hello fellow members, sorry I don’t post much because I don’t feel like I have much to offer to all you insightful folks but I was wondering how many of you still drink alcohol after being diagnosed? I really enjoy a good glass of wine or 2 sometimes but I have also read that that you should not drink alcohol as it increases your risk of colon cancer. Given that all of us here have already had cancer do you think continuing tdrink occasionally increases your risk of recurrence?
Stage 3 RC, DX 9/15/15
Prospect Trial, Folfox only
Surgery 2/11/16, successful w/clean margins
1/13 nodes positive
4/11/16clean scan, NED

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby KimT » Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:23 pm

I’m not concerned about it. I have a mixed drink or two a couple times a month.
2/10 dx colon cancer
right hemicolectomy 3/19/10
Stage 2a 0/43 nodes
Lynch syndrome
3/14/10 colon resection/ removal of metal clips
Nov 11 dx ovarian cancer

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby HoneyJack » Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:59 pm

I drink wine at the very least 3x a week. Not "drunk" but a good buzz. Two bottles a week for sure.
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Right colectomy 4/2014 @41yrs old
Tubulovillous T2-N0-M0 0/30 nodes (located in Cecum)
Stage 1 colon well-mod differentiated
Lynch negative

5/2014 Chest CT showed enlarged lymph nodes/biopsied Sarcoidosis! (Not symptomatic)
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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby heiders33 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:23 am

I think when they say that they mean excessive alcohol usage. A drink here and there can’t hurt. During chemo I hardly drank at all because it wasn’t appetizing. I maybe had 1-2 glasses of red during my good week. Now that I am done I have maybe 3-4 drinks a week. I’m not worried about it. ... 366394002/
37 year-old female
May 2017: Dx rectal cancer T3N2M0
6/17: 28 days chemorad
9/17: LAR/loop ileostomy
10/17 - 2/18: XELOX six rounds
3/18: reversal
5/18: CT liver spot, blood counts normal
8/18: Abnormal PET, CEA 2.4
9/18: liver resection/HAI pump
10/18: Clear CT/sigmoidoscopy
10/18 - 4/19: 6MO FUDR/5FU
7/19 - Clear CT
9/19 - Clear colonoscopy/colonography
10/19 - Clear CT

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby susie0915 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:42 am

I don't drink every day. But if I'm at an event with alcohol I will have a mixed drink or some wine. I didn't really during treatment just because I didn't feel like it.
58 yrs old Dx @ 55
5/15 DX T3N0MO
6/15 5 wks chemo/rad
7/15 sigmoidoscopy/only scar tissue left
8/15 PET scan NED
9/15 LAR
0/24 nodes
10/15 Bowel blockage. surgery,early ileo rev, c-diff inf :(
12/15 6 rds of xelox
5/16 CT lung scarring/inflammation
9/16 clear colonoscopy
4/17 C 4mm lung nod
10/17 Clear pel/abd CT
11/17 CEA<.5
1/18 CT/Lung no change in 4mm nodule
5/18 CEA<.5, clear CT pel/abd/lung nod no change
11/18 CEA .6
5/19 CT NED, CEA <.5
10/19 Clear colonscopy

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby Ron50 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:15 am

I had cancer over twenty years ago. That is when I stopped drinking. 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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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby rockhound » Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:40 am

KimT wrote:I’m not concerned about it. I have a mixed drink or two a couple times a month.

Same here, a few beers a week, sometimes a night with two, when out with friends celebrating something. I look at it like this- I did not go through all that crap to not enjoy things I like. Alchohol is not going to cause the cancer to spread if it is still in me (and I'll regret not enjoying life if things go get worse) and I am getting yearly scopes, so while there is data that shows alchohol can help cause polyps to form faster (as stated earlier- seems to be linked to heavy drinkers), the odds are they will be caught and snipped out. Moderation...
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Diagnosed December 2016, age 41
Stage 1/IIA rectal cancer - T2/3N0M0 via MRI (MRI indicates stage 1; onc/surgeon = stage 2a)
Lynch syndrome, MSH6 mutation, MSI
2 to 3/2017 Xeloda + Radiation
5/10/17 - Robotic LAR with temp. loop illeostomy, 0/20 lymph nodes
6 to 7/2017 - Six cycles Folfox @ full strength
9/20/17 - Ileostomy takedown
10/17 - CT, NED
1/18 - 5mm polyp removed during colonoscopy
5/18 - CT, NED
11/18 - CT, NED

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby Pemba » Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:52 am

I have not had cancer only a semi nasty polyp, but I pretty much stopped drinking after that. I sometimes drink half a glas if vine, but I always get a bit angry at myself if I drink more, I want to take good care of my body and try to prevent more polyps and eventually cancer... I know that’s not how it always works, but alcohol doesn’t provide anything good, but it can give pleasure and life enjoyment which is also very important!

I have also stopped eating red meat, though I still enjoy it on special occasion :D
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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby Atoq » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:17 am

I drink a glass of red wine in the weekend, with meals. But only if it is good wine :mrgreen:
Actually, I even found a paper stating that one red wine glass per day during radiation helped with side effects. Obviously it was from an Italian team :lol:

45 year old, mother of 2
Dx rectal cancer 10.2017
T3N2aMX (suspect metastasis to one lung 8 mm)
Lynch neg
CEA 1.8
Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy Xeloda + 25x2 Gy
05.12.17 laparotomic surgery for blockage, colostomy
25.01.18 laparotomic lar, hysterectomy, ileostomy
05.03.18 core needle biopsy of lung, stage IV
07.05.18 CAT scan, lung met 11 mm
04.06.18 ileo reversal
26.06.18 wedge VATS
24.08.18, 31.02.19 CAT scan
12.09.18, 06.02.19 scope, CEA 1.6
19.11.18 colonscopy
20.08.19 CAT, eco
13.09.19 scope, CEA 1.2

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby Caat55 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:52 pm

I agree with the comments of the group, do what feels good. Nothing I have read indicates moderate drinking has any connection to cancer. Stress, anxiety they are bad for head and heart which are so important to kicking this disease.
55 y.o. Female
Dx 9/26/17 RC Stage 3
Completed 33 rad. tx, xeolda 12/8/17
MRI and PET 1/18 sign. regression
Surgery 1/31/18 Ileostomy, clean margins, no lymph node involved
Port 3/1/2018
Oxaliplatin and Xeloda start 3/22/18
Last Oxaliplatin 7/5/18, 5 rounds
CT NED 9/2018
PET NED 12/18
Clear Colonoscopy 2/19

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby NHMike » Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:56 pm

I normally drink a few ounces a year. I haven't had any alcohol since diagnosis.
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
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

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby Big Jay » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:02 pm

I stick with the "everything in moderation" philosophy. There's actually a lot of evidence that moderate drinking can have various health benefits. However, pretty much anything is bad for you when taken to extremes.
DX at 45yo 6/9/16, 2.4cm tumor, 9cm from Anal Verge, 6/27/16
Clinical staging IIIC, CEA 3.1 7/1/16
30x Chemorad 8/5/16 - 9/16/16
CT/MRI/Scope => CCR 11/1/16... Rolling the dice on Watch & Wait
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LAR 1/17/18: Path = 3mm tumor, 0/12 nodes Med Onc doesn't recommend chemo.
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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby mhf1986 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:26 am

DH had a few margaritas last weekend while we were on vacation in Florida. Even had the permission of his oncologist! Perhaps a dozen a day isn't the way to go because it would too much pressure on liver.
Caregiver to DH, dx @ 50, mets to liver/lungs, MSS, wild
9/16 CEA 114, blockage, left hemi, perm. colostomy
11/16 port in, FOLFOX + Avastin
6/17 CEA 15, 5FU + A only due to neuropathy
11/17 CEA 38, CAPOX + A
1/18 CAPOX = hi bilirubin/bad hfs, back to FOLFOX + A
5/18 growth; Vectibex + 75% Irinotecan
7/18 CEA 23, shrinkage
10/18 CEA 28, growth of 2 liver tumors/shrinkage of few and lung nodes
11/18 Lonsurf, looking at spheres, proton, trials
11/19/18 Peace

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby hawkowl » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:23 pm

I have a cocktail at sunset a few days a week, and occasionally some wine. Never drank more than this, and I don't feel it played a role for my cancer
Dx 12/2014 T3N2MX (iliac nodes) low rectal
12/2014-4/2015: FOLFOX (8 cycles)
4/2015-6/2015: 28 cycles of chemoradiation with xeloda
8/2015: Robotic APR with iliac node dissection; path showed ypT0,ypN0 (complete pathological response).
11/2015 scans clear, CEA 2.1
11/2015 parastomal hernia repair
3/2016 CEA 1.7
10/2017 CEA remains in normal range (1.4), scans stable.
6/2018 CEA still normal.
Now dealing with pyoderma gangrenosum.
Totally disabled due to oxaliplatin induced neuropathy and dysautonomia

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Re: Alcohol use since diagnosis

Postby angie1975 » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:50 pm

Thank you all for the replies. Those were my thoughts exactly but wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything
Stage 3 RC, DX 9/15/15
Prospect Trial, Folfox only
Surgery 2/11/16, successful w/clean margins
1/13 nodes positive
4/11/16clean scan, NED

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