Coffee...yes or no?

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Jolene
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Re: Coffee...yes or no?

Postby Jolene » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:21 am

When I was diagnosed, the first few things I asked was what I should or should not eat, all three doctors - the primary colorectal doc, the oncologist and the radiation oncologist all said NOTHING THAT WE CANNOT EAT. Phew ! :lol:

Except during my capcitabine intake, oncologist advised not to take grapefruit as there have been research that says it doesn't work well with chemo drugs and that's about it. I can totally live with that ! :lol:

I was also advised not to take too much fiber during my pelvic radiation due an irritated rectum but that was just temporary.

Maybe a thread on food intake could be created to discuss this further !

I have not gone through the intravenous chemo yet !
Dx @ 39 F, married, no kids, full-time work
Nov 18 - Colonoscopy + MRI + CT = Dx of a mid-rectal tumour at T3N1M0 (2cm) 7cm from AV
Dec 18 - CRT prescribed - 28 sessions of radiation + Capecitabine at 3000mg daily
End Dec 18 - Completed CRT with little side effects
Feb 19 - Second MRI showed a speck of residual tumour - continue to wait
Mar 19 - MRI, PET, sig flex and biopsy ordered to determine being a WW candidate.
Apr 19 - Complete clinical response. Going for 6 cycles of Xelox.

Utwo
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Joined: Mon May 23, 2016 10:14 am
Location: T.O.

Re: Coffee...yes or no?

Postby Utwo » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:41 pm

Prior to my right hemicolectomy I had no clue that coffee had laxative effect.
Then after my surgery it took me a while to figure this out.
Unfortunately this effect is rather strong in my case.

When I go to the office I need a few cups of coffee through the day, that would result to a few trips to a bathroom.
Apparent solution to this issue is to stay at home, but I can't afford to retire right now.

Can you think of another way to mitigate this issue?
Do you believe that different ways to prepare coffee have different laxative effects?
For example, have you noticed any difference between black coffee and coffee with milk?
What about dripping coffee vs. espresso vs. instant coffee?

Does tea have the same laxative effect or not?
I am willing to switch to tea for my morning caffeine fix.
58 yo male at diagnosis: T1bN0M0, 0/15 nodes, low grade/moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma
03/2016 colonoscopy #1: 2 small polyps removed in left colon; CEA = 1.3
04/2016 colonoscopy #2: caecum sessile 3.5 cm polyp piecemeal removed with kind of clear margins
05/2016 "prophylactic" laparoscopic right hemicolectomy - bleeding, leak, infection
06/2017 CT scan, colonoscopy OK; CEA = 1.6
A lot of funny stuff discovered by CT scans in liver, kidney, lungs, arteries, gallbladder and a lymph node

Pyro
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Location: Tucson, AZ

Re: Coffee...yes or no?

Postby Pyro » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:14 am

Jolene wrote:When I was diagnosed, the first few things I asked was what I should or should not eat, all three doctors - the primary colorectal doc, the oncologist and the radiation oncologist all said NOTHING THAT WE CANNOT EAT. Phew ! :lol:

Except during my capcitabine intake, oncologist advised not to take grapefruit as there have been research that says it doesn't work well with chemo drugs and that's about it. I can totally live with that ! :lol:

I was also advised not to take too much fiber during my pelvic radiation due an irritated rectum but that was just temporary.

Maybe a thread on food intake could be created to discuss this further !

I have not gone through the intravenous chemo yet !


Only thing I was told not to take, grapefruit juice, reacts to things from pain killers to chemo. I wanted to live as “normal” as possible, keeping coffee around helped that.
Aug 2015- Diag Stage 4 CC with liver Mets(38/m)
Sep 2015- Avastin/Folfox/Iron
Dec 2015-Not liver surgery candidate
Jan 2016- Erbitux/Folfiri, 2nd opinion at MDA in TX
Feb 2016 -MDA liver surgery
Mar 2016 -30% of left lobe rem, PVE
May 2016 - 70% of liver rem
Jun 2016-Rad
Jan 2017-perm colost @MDA
Jul 2017-Erb/FOLFURI
Nov 2017 -Lung & Liver ablations@MDA
Jan 2018 -Xeloda & Avastin mx
Jul 2018-Avast/FOLFURI
Sep 2018-Rad
Mar 2019 - Keytruda fail, CEA @36
Jun 2019 - FOLFURI until I can’t stand it


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