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Jannine
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upcoming colonoscopy and other things

Postby Jannine » Tue May 14, 2019 8:17 pm

My bowel prep is Monday next week and the colonoscopy is scheduled for Tuesday morning. I'm her second appointment of the day. Crossing my fingers hard that everything looks great in there. I had a near blockage last time they went in to take a look, and they couldn't get past the sigmoid area.

Also, I forgot to mention: A couple of weeks ago I participated in the local 6k. Last year I had completed the 2018 6k just 2 weeks before going into the ER and being diagnosed with colon cancer. I had walked a lot of the way last time and I was mystified that I felt so terrible and wasn't running more. Well, that much makes a lot more sense in hindsight. Good news: I knocked 10 minutes off my time from last year! And that's despite only training once a week on average for the past few months. Completed the 6k in about 46 minutes this time, so my overall pace was very good for me. I didn't run the whole way, but I ran a lot, for longer, and felt good about my pace.

I am not a very dedicated runner but I'm so pleased to be making progress and getting better. :)

I don't tend to be very anxious, but I am nervous about this colonoscopy next week. I hope everything looks good.

(edited to correct my total time, whoops)
Last edited by Jannine on Wed May 15, 2019 6:52 am, edited 1 time in total.
DX: sigmoid colon cancer 5/2018. 48 F
laparoscopic sigmoid resection (24 cm removed); no stoma.
7.5cm adenocarcinoma -- mod. diff.
1 noncontiguous tumor deposit removed; 0/31 lymph nodes
T3 pN1c M0
5/18 before surgery, CEA 11.2
6/18 began FOLFOX
7/18: CEA 1.9; added neulasta post infusion
9/18: CEA 2.8
10/18: 25% chemo reduction
11/18: CEA 1.8

AmyG
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Re: upcoming colonoscopy and other things

Postby AmyG » Tue May 14, 2019 9:42 pm

Damn, look at you go!!

I was looking at my medal rack not long ago and realized every single race I finished was with cancer. It was then that I decided to order another one for all of my cancer free races that I will be finishing.

Important question: what was in your swag bag? Good shirt? Finisher's medal? PR for that distance?

I'll be looking for your all clear update :D
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
KRAS/BRAF wild
Liver biopsy is malignant, stage iv now boys!
Delivered healthy baby 3/19
FOLFOX + Avastin 5/19
CEA 167 to 24 after 4 rounds
Liver resection next step!

Jannine
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Re: upcoming colonoscopy and other things

Postby Jannine » Wed May 15, 2019 6:52 am

haha derp, I made a mistake on my time in my OP; took me 46 minutes. Strava says I got 10 achievements for that run, including my best estimated 5k at 38:24.
DX: sigmoid colon cancer 5/2018. 48 F
laparoscopic sigmoid resection (24 cm removed); no stoma.
7.5cm adenocarcinoma -- mod. diff.
1 noncontiguous tumor deposit removed; 0/31 lymph nodes
T3 pN1c M0
5/18 before surgery, CEA 11.2
6/18 began FOLFOX
7/18: CEA 1.9; added neulasta post infusion
9/18: CEA 2.8
10/18: 25% chemo reduction
11/18: CEA 1.8

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CRguy
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Re: upcoming colonoscopy and other things

Postby CRguy » Mon May 20, 2019 7:18 pm

Jannine wrote:I am not a very dedicated runner but I'm so pleased to be making progress and getting better. :)

I don't tend to be very anxious, but I am nervous about this colonoscopy next week. I hope everything looks good.


Best wishes on the scopin' and CHEERS on the runnin'

You Rock sista'

Harmony
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Jannine
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Re: upcoming colonoscopy and other things

Postby Jannine » Tue May 21, 2019 11:40 am

Colonoscopy looks good! Healthy tissue, no polyps, and only one diverticule despite an early CT scan (before surgery) indicating pan-colonic diverticulosis. Not sure if it looked that way because of the near-blockage I had with the tumor, or what. My surgeon said that it's possible she took out some diverticules when she removed that 10" of my colon. The surgery site looks good. They gave me copies of the photos taken, which is kinda cool.

Whew. I'm so relieved that I don't have anything else going on in there. Now I just have to hope the CT scans don't find anything alarming moving forward. My next one of those is in July.
DX: sigmoid colon cancer 5/2018. 48 F
laparoscopic sigmoid resection (24 cm removed); no stoma.
7.5cm adenocarcinoma -- mod. diff.
1 noncontiguous tumor deposit removed; 0/31 lymph nodes
T3 pN1c M0
5/18 before surgery, CEA 11.2
6/18 began FOLFOX
7/18: CEA 1.9; added neulasta post infusion
9/18: CEA 2.8
10/18: 25% chemo reduction
11/18: CEA 1.8

AmyG
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Re: upcoming colonoscopy and other things

Postby AmyG » Wed May 22, 2019 7:07 am

Hot damn!!!
42 dx @ 9wks pregnant w/baby #8 8/18
Sigmoid colon resection 9/18
Adenocarcinoma, G2, T3N0M0..or so we thought
KRAS/BRAF wild
Liver biopsy is malignant, stage iv now boys!
Delivered healthy baby 3/19
FOLFOX + Avastin 5/19
CEA 167 to 24 after 4 rounds
Liver resection next step!

boxhill
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Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:40 am

Re: upcoming colonoscopy and other things

Postby boxhill » Wed May 22, 2019 11:11 am

Great news on both fronts!
F, 64 at DX CRC Stage IV
3/17/18 blockage, r hemicolectomy
11 of 25 nodes,5 of 5 mesentery nodes
5mm liver met removed
pT3 pN2b pM1
BRAF wild, KRAS G12D
dMMR, MSI-H
5/4/18 FOLFOX
Neulasta 6/28
7/9/18 CT NED, 2mm indeterminate lung nodule
11/20/18 CT NED, Lung nodule calcified granuloma. Enlarged spleen.
12/20/18 Liver MRI 5mm liver met and 2 lymph nodes in porta hepatis
12/31/18 Keytruda
6/5/19 Triphasic CT LNs shrunk to normal, Liver node stable
6/28/19 Keytruda paused, predisone for joint pain


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