COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

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Cured
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COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

Postby Cured » Sun May 10, 2020 8:11 pm

My Oncologist’s nurse called to see if I could go to a special tented test site to get swabbed before my Monday treatment. So Saturday at 7 AM I got swabbed while seated in my car. I felt I was healthy and have been isolated at home, and felt sure I didn’t currently have it. Today I got the results online.
Component Your Value Standard Range
COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) PCR Source NASOPHARYNGEAL SWAB
COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) PCR NOT DETECTED
:). My family is relieved. With cancer in my lungs it could be bad if I got the virus.

I had seen a report from Wuhan of worse things happening to those with cancer. I imagine the hospital/clinic wants to be safe.
Further reports from the US and France are less concerning; referring to underlying conditions of those getting Covid-19 with cancer.
5-08:Stg 3 Rectal: 6/14 Nodes
Ace Surgn Remvd 90%Rectm,lots of Colon-Full Incision
Ileo Rev'd 6 Mos.
Radiatn+5fu Pre-Surgery
FOLFOX 8 CyclDone 1-09
Clear Scope 8-17; CEA 2-18
Glory to God! Healed by prayers of many: for 10 yrs
7-18: tumor pressing against brain Removed
Metastatic to lung. CEA 6.9
Folfiri
CEA to 4.5 after 1 chemo
After 8rds CEA 3
CEA 1.8, 2.3,1.7,2.2,5.7,5.3
12 rds Folfiri
Avastin evy 3 wks
Seizure Anti-seiz meds work-no driving for 6 mo
4-20PET: Lung spots=Chemo

beach sunrise
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Re: COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

Postby beach sunrise » Mon May 11, 2020 12:08 am

Did it feel like they poked your brain? Its so good you are neg. Cancer center I go to suggests it every time I have an appt but I say I don't want to be in the mix of all those people and potentially come away with covid19. Who knows, they may start requiring it also.
Dx 8/19, RC, CEA 86, clinical T3N0M0
Neoadj 5FU/rad 6 wks
Surgery Jan 2020 APR/colostomy, neg margins T4bN1a IIIC G2 MSI- 1/20 LN+ LVI+ PNI-
presurg cea 24/post 5.9
Adj FOLFOX6, cea 7
1st rd complete, 2nd 3/9/20
MHL1 +
PMS2+
MSH2+
MSH6+
Post surg chemo sensitivity testing at Nagourney Cancer Institute "Test failed due to neo-adj chemorad did its job. Not enough cancer cells to test." Good news cancer pretty much dead, bad news not knowing what chemo would work best for my cancer

Cured
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Location: MO

Re: COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

Postby Cured » Thu May 14, 2020 9:40 am

The nurse swabbing my nostril was obviously very experienced. It barely irritated me. She asked if it made my eyes kind-of tear-up. Yes; but that was it.
It took more time to que-up than to be tested. The result was NEGATIVE for the virus, and was on My Chart late the next day.

THANK God I am healthy other than having cancer. It allows me to endure the (hopefully curative) Chemo.
Today is day 4 of my second round of Folfiri this go around. The night of day one is the tough one.
The sun just came out, so I need to go for a walk.
5-08:Stg 3 Rectal: 6/14 Nodes
Ace Surgn Remvd 90%Rectm,lots of Colon-Full Incision
Ileo Rev'd 6 Mos.
Radiatn+5fu Pre-Surgery
FOLFOX 8 CyclDone 1-09
Clear Scope 8-17; CEA 2-18
Glory to God! Healed by prayers of many: for 10 yrs
7-18: tumor pressing against brain Removed
Metastatic to lung. CEA 6.9
Folfiri
CEA to 4.5 after 1 chemo
After 8rds CEA 3
CEA 1.8, 2.3,1.7,2.2,5.7,5.3
12 rds Folfiri
Avastin evy 3 wks
Seizure Anti-seiz meds work-no driving for 6 mo
4-20PET: Lung spots=Chemo

Claudine
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Location: Montana

Re: COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

Postby Claudine » Thu May 14, 2020 2:33 pm

Yes to walks in the sun!!
DH also got tested, the day before his surgery - testing had become mandatory for all surgeries that very day. The nurse complimented him on being so calm and relaxed; he said it wasn't that bad, but apparently other folks report that they feel like someone is trying to reach the top of their skull through their brain with the swab!
Wife of Dx 04/18 (51 yo). MSS, KRAS G12A
No primary (involuted?)
Lytic tumor L4 vertebrae, EBRT radiation 04/18, SBRT 02/19
Resection small intestine 05/18 (no cancer found - Crohn's)
Failed adjuvant Xelox
Folfiri + Avastin 03/19 to 01/20
6.7 cm left adrenal mass 03/19, successful resection 02/20
CEA since 03/19: high 58, low 3.2, now 7.6
Scan 03/19: Multiple small lung nodules up to 5mm
Scan 12/19: one 1mm stable nodule
PET 04/20 small uptake by L4
L3-L4-L5 fusion surgery and residual tumor removal 05/20

ChiMama
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Location: PHX

Re: COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

Postby ChiMama » Fri May 15, 2020 2:36 am

Another yes for walks in the sun! I'm so grateful for my dog who gets me outdoors and keeps me sane!

I'm having a biopsy on a lung nodule Monday and the hospital requires a COVID test within 3 days beforehand. Scheduled for Saturday.

Interestingly, when trying to schedule my scan at the end of March, the imaging center wouldn't schedule me without a test since I had traveled overseas. They said they would not do imaging on me even *after* the 14 day isolation period without a test. But I couldn't get a test since I had no symptoms! Three weeks later, the criteria was changed - the overseas thing became moot since it was all over the US by then, and they did the scan without a test.

Strange times!
4/21/16 First Colonoscopy @59
DX "inflammatory changes" biopsy: high grade dysplasia
CT & PET fibroid uterus, suspicious area near sigmoid/ovary, liver cysts, lung nodule
6/17/16 Open surgery: hysterectomy, remove 12.5cm sigmoid, 29 LN
T2N0M0 Stage 1 Mod diff adenocarcinoma 5.2cm x 4.1. Clear margins & LN, Gyne benign
Lynch neg
CT 7/27/16 spiculated lung nodule, thyroid nodules, watching.
8/19/16 Scope: 3 polyps
CT 7/17 lung unchanged Scope 8/17 all clear
Mama to a rescue Chihuahua

Cured
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Re: COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

Postby Cured » Thu May 28, 2020 5:09 pm

This week they infused me without scheduling another Covid test. Thy have another swab test scheduled for late June - before I get CT Scan and see the Onc.
Today is day 3 and my pump was disconnected this morning. So the most uncomfortable days are are done for this cycle.

My blood counts were down & was barely allowed to do this cycle. So I will probably skip doing in 2 weeks.
White and Red counts are down; most concerning the Dr is Neutrophils; especially Absolute Neutrophil Count only 1.0 k
I need for my body to recover.

If anybody has advice on building Neutrophils naturally; please chime in.
I’m walking more and eating more vegetables while keeping in ketosis.
5-08:Stg 3 Rectal: 6/14 Nodes
Ace Surgn Remvd 90%Rectm,lots of Colon-Full Incision
Ileo Rev'd 6 Mos.
Radiatn+5fu Pre-Surgery
FOLFOX 8 CyclDone 1-09
Clear Scope 8-17; CEA 2-18
Glory to God! Healed by prayers of many: for 10 yrs
7-18: tumor pressing against brain Removed
Metastatic to lung. CEA 6.9
Folfiri
CEA to 4.5 after 1 chemo
After 8rds CEA 3
CEA 1.8, 2.3,1.7,2.2,5.7,5.3
12 rds Folfiri
Avastin evy 3 wks
Seizure Anti-seiz meds work-no driving for 6 mo
4-20PET: Lung spots=Chemo


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