Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

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Koreysue
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Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby Koreysue » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:42 pm

Hey all!
Had my 2 year scan today. My appointment for results was suppose to be Thursday, so I knew the wait would be rough. However, they called me today! When I saw that number I about fell over- assuming the worst.
But it was good news. Normal scans, normal CEA!
Just thought I’d hop on here to share the good news.

Also- in an effort to avoid google searching :shock: ... does anyone know if diarrhea is a side effect of ct scans?

Have a great day!
Koreysue
Diagnosed: June 2017 stage 3 colon cancer
Sigmoid colon, 2 nodes affected
CEA at diagnosis: 6
Sigmoid Colectomy and folfox (chemo complete January 31, 2018)
CEA 4/2018: 2.4
CEA 7/2018: 3.7
Colonoscopy 8/2018 clean
PET scan 8/20/18 clear (cea rise a mystery for now, doc said maybe all the smoke in my town from forest fires)
CEA 11/2018: 3.8
CEA 2/2019: 3.2
CT clear 6/18/2019 / CEA : 3.4
CEA 10/21/19: 3.2

Beckster
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Re: Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby Beckster » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:53 pm

Koreysue wrote:Hey all!
Had my 2 year scan today. My appointment for results was suppose to be Thursday, so I knew the wait would be rough. However, they called me today! When I saw that number I about fell over- assuming the worst.
But it was good news. Normal scans, normal CEA!
Just thought I’d hop on here to share the good news.

Also- in an effort to avoid google searching :shock: ... does anyone know if diarrhea is a side effect of ct scans?

Have a great day!
Koreysue


Congrats on your scans! I have the exact opposite after scans...constipation! When I brought this up to the onc, he said that I was not the norm. He said most people have diarrhea. I guess you are the norm.
57/F
DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
CEA- Pre Op (1.9), Pre Chemo (2.5)
Type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size:3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Grade: G3 (path) G2 (pre-op)
TNM: T3N0M0/IIA
LN: 0/24
LVI present
Surgical margins: clear
MSS
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda monotherapy
6/17,12/17,6/18,12/18 6/19 CT Scan NED :D
CEA- 6/17- 3.6, 9/17- 2.8 12/17-2.8, 3/18-3.1, 6/18-3.0, 9/18 2.8, 12/18 2.5 3/19 3.1 6/19 3.1 9/19 2.6
Clear Colonoscopy 10/17, 11/19 :D

Koreysue
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Re: Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby Koreysue » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:37 pm

Beckster wrote:
Koreysue wrote:Hey all!
Had my 2 year scan today. My appointment for results was suppose to be Thursday, so I knew the wait would be rough. However, they called me today! When I saw that number I about fell over- assuming the worst.
But it was good news. Normal scans, normal CEA!
Just thought I’d hop on here to share the good news.

Also- in an effort to avoid google searching :shock: ... does anyone know if diarrhea is a side effect of ct scans?

Have a great day!
Koreysue


Congrats on your scans! I have the exact opposite after scans...constipation! When I brought this up to the onc, he said that I was not the norm. He said most people have diarrhea. I guess you are the norm.


Interesting! Thanks for the reply. Good to be “normal” in some regard :lol:
Diagnosed: June 2017 stage 3 colon cancer
Sigmoid colon, 2 nodes affected
CEA at diagnosis: 6
Sigmoid Colectomy and folfox (chemo complete January 31, 2018)
CEA 4/2018: 2.4
CEA 7/2018: 3.7
Colonoscopy 8/2018 clean
PET scan 8/20/18 clear (cea rise a mystery for now, doc said maybe all the smoke in my town from forest fires)
CEA 11/2018: 3.8
CEA 2/2019: 3.2
CT clear 6/18/2019 / CEA : 3.4
CEA 10/21/19: 3.2

Punky44
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Re: Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby Punky44 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:47 pm

Congratulations on clear scans!
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
T3N2M0
Total neoadjuvant therapy:
8 rounds Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19
Short course radiation 3/14/19 - 3/20/19
Robotically assisted laparoscopic LAR 3/21/19
Pathology report says yT2N0M0 with 0/38 nodes
CEA 4/23: 2.1; 7/24: 1.9; 10/22: 2.6
6/28/19 Reversal and port out
10/22 — nodules on lungs—possible infection or mets—PET scheduled for 11/25

Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.

Koreysue
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Re: Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby Koreysue » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:25 pm

Punky44 wrote:Congratulations on clear scans!


Thank you! Always a relief :D
Diagnosed: June 2017 stage 3 colon cancer
Sigmoid colon, 2 nodes affected
CEA at diagnosis: 6
Sigmoid Colectomy and folfox (chemo complete January 31, 2018)
CEA 4/2018: 2.4
CEA 7/2018: 3.7
Colonoscopy 8/2018 clean
PET scan 8/20/18 clear (cea rise a mystery for now, doc said maybe all the smoke in my town from forest fires)
CEA 11/2018: 3.8
CEA 2/2019: 3.2
CT clear 6/18/2019 / CEA : 3.4
CEA 10/21/19: 3.2

benben
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Re: Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby benben » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:45 pm

Koreysue wrote:Hey all!
Had my 2 year scan today. My appointment for results was suppose to be Thursday, so I knew the wait would be rough. However, they called me today! When I saw that number I about fell over- assuming the worst.
But it was good news. Normal scans, normal CEA!
Just thought I’d hop on here to share the good news.

Also- in an effort to avoid google searching :shock: ... does anyone know if diarrhea is a side effect of ct scans?

Have a great day!
Koreysue


Congrats KS on the 2 year clean scan :).

In the past I've had diarrhea with use of the barium-sulfate drink.
For my 2 year they did not have me use it. So I didn't experience that side effect as much.
I did get the typical dull headache for the day though.
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3/29/17 diagnosed CRC - 44 y/o Male
4/17/17 ULAR - Straight anastomosis - no ostomy.
Path: low grade T3n1m0 - moderate diff.
KRAS - NO, MLH1/PMS2/MSH6/MSH2 - Normal.
5/3 med port install
5/22 folfox - first treatment.
3rd treat, delayed - low ANC - reduced to 90% OXI
zarxio all treats
Treat 7 - 75% OXI
Treats 8-12 - NO OXI, Luke & 5FU
10/20/17 CT- NED
3/18 Scope - Clean
11/8 PORT OUT!
6/19 CT - NED (2 years!)

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mobrouser
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Re: Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby mobrouser » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:58 pm

As benben said I think it depends on the contrast you are given.
I don't ask the names of what they are giving me, but only one time I was given the thick chalky contrast which gave me the runs as soon as the scan was over. I felt obligated to apologize to the staff because I used up all the TP in the bathroom and left a horrendous odour too :oops:
Other scans were with the clear contrast that just made me pee. A lot....

So glad you had good results.
CC Dx Oct 2017 @ age 58
Laparoscopic right hemi-colectomy Dec 2017
Adenocarcinoma ascending colon – 6cm x 6cm x 2cm, Low Grade, penetrates to peritoneum
T4a N2a M0, Stage IIIC
lymph nodes 6 positive out of 18
FOLFOX started Jan 16 2018; finished Aug 2 2018 (felt like a year)
CEA - 01/15/18 - 2.8; 07/29/18 - 5.3
CT scan Aug 8 2018 - Clear
PET scan Sept 6 2018 (thought about bringing the cat :wink: ) - Clear
Colonoscopy Dec 7 2018 - Clear - Next in 3 years?

Koreysue
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Re: Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby Koreysue » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:21 am

benben wrote:
Koreysue wrote:Hey all!
Had my 2 year scan today. My appointment for results was suppose to be Thursday, so I knew the wait would be rough. However, they called me today! When I saw that number I about fell over- assuming the worst.
But it was good news. Normal scans, normal CEA!
Just thought I’d hop on here to share the good news.

Also- in an effort to avoid google searching :shock: ... does anyone know if diarrhea is a side effect of ct scans?

Have a great day!
Koreysue


Congrats KS on the 2 year clean scan :).

In the past I've had diarrhea with use of the barium-sulfate drink.
For my 2 year they did not have me use it. So I didn't experience that side effect as much.
I did get the typical dull headache for the day though.


Thanks! And thanks for the info
Diagnosed: June 2017 stage 3 colon cancer
Sigmoid colon, 2 nodes affected
CEA at diagnosis: 6
Sigmoid Colectomy and folfox (chemo complete January 31, 2018)
CEA 4/2018: 2.4
CEA 7/2018: 3.7
Colonoscopy 8/2018 clean
PET scan 8/20/18 clear (cea rise a mystery for now, doc said maybe all the smoke in my town from forest fires)
CEA 11/2018: 3.8
CEA 2/2019: 3.2
CT clear 6/18/2019 / CEA : 3.4
CEA 10/21/19: 3.2

Koreysue
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Re: Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby Koreysue » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:22 am

mobrouser wrote:As benben said I think it depends on the contrast you are given.
I don't ask the names of what they are giving me, but only one time I was given the thick chalky contrast which gave me the runs as soon as the scan was over. I felt obligated to apologize to the staff because I used up all the TP in the bathroom and left a horrendous odour too :oops:
Other scans were with the clear contrast that just made me pee. A lot....

So glad you had good results.


ok thanks for the info! :D
These tests leave us in all sorts of predicaments, don’t they :oops:
Diagnosed: June 2017 stage 3 colon cancer
Sigmoid colon, 2 nodes affected
CEA at diagnosis: 6
Sigmoid Colectomy and folfox (chemo complete January 31, 2018)
CEA 4/2018: 2.4
CEA 7/2018: 3.7
Colonoscopy 8/2018 clean
PET scan 8/20/18 clear (cea rise a mystery for now, doc said maybe all the smoke in my town from forest fires)
CEA 11/2018: 3.8
CEA 2/2019: 3.2
CT clear 6/18/2019 / CEA : 3.4
CEA 10/21/19: 3.2

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Re: Good news (and diarrhea) from scan

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:20 am

Congratulations, that's wonderful news! :)
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)


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