betsydoglover wrote:I'm In DC - Washington Hospital Center has the premier colorectal cancer specialist. I can also suggest a great local onc.
You mentioned being afraid to eat or drink anything with sugar because it causes cancer. Sugar does not cause cancer. This myth comes from the fact that PET scan measures sugar uptake in various spots. ALL cells feed on glucose. Cancer cells uptake more glucose because they are more metabolically active. That's all there is to the sugar thing.
martd wrote:I was told the same that I was inoperable Dec of 2017. I'm currently sitting in my recliner right now recovering from stage two of my liver resection. The most important advise you can give her is get a second opinion. And also for her to join this forum. There are many incredible people here with extensive knowledge.
erins wrote:I’m also near DC (I’m in NoVA) and would be happy to pass along names of my surgeon/oncologist/GI team for a second opinion—my care was through Virginia Hospital Center, and everyone was wonderful. They also have a very good language/interpreter team to help patients in case that’s a concern of hers.
I had a lot of issues with losing weight and all my doctors said it was more important to put/keep the weight on than to worry about almost anything else. The Ensure drinks they gave me before surgery made a huge difference in my recovery—when you’re already on the slim side, you need the extra energy reserves for recovery—the benefits of taking in extra calories VASTLY outweighs any potential (and largely unverified) risks.