Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

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Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby L.andr » Wed May 09, 2018 5:47 am

O Stoma Mia wrote:
L.andr wrote:... Any advice you have will be greatly appreciated.

If you are looking for advice, I think it would help for you to create a signature that summarizes what your situation is so far. This will allow readers to determine if they have any information that might help you.

One of the most important items is the location of the tumor, i.e., whether in the colon or in the rectum, and in which part, exactly. Any details you can provide will be helpful.

Instructions for creating a signature are given here:

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Hello Mia
Thank you for the tips on the signature info, I added some to mine,I really appreciate your advice on that.
L.andr (Lynn)
Age 65 female
Dx 4/18/18 at colonoscopy
Sigmoid colon tumor 2.8cm.
Lap colectomy 4/26/18.
Stage 2a adenocarcinoma.
CEA 3.3

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Patient assistance programs

Postby O Stoma Mia » Mon May 14, 2018 10:14 pm

L.andr wrote:... I'm supposed to start Xeloda this week. found out my UHC advantage plan will not cover it. Expensive, I know it may mean the difference between life and death so I will do it.....

Apparently there are patient assistance programs that may help pay for all or part of the prescription price for certain drugs provided the patient meets certain medical and financial conditions. It might be worthwhile checking it out to see if any of these programs apply to you. The program cited in the link below lists Xeloda as one of the eligible drugs.

The Genentech Access to Care Foundation provides free medicine to eligible patients who are uninsured, rendered uninsured by payer denial, or underinsured. To qualify, patients must meet specific financial and medical criteriia.

Also, there are several non-profit organizations that provide this type of service, too, so if you don't qualify under one organization's rules, you might qualify under another's. Again, it's worth a try. Probably it's best to start by calling the phone numbers given on the websites to talk to a customer service representative who can briefly explain whether their program applies to you and what to do if it doesn't. (If you just blindly fill out a form and send it in without first talking to someone, it might take a long time before you can get any feedback.)

You could also check out websites such as the following:

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Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby ocstacy » Tue May 15, 2018 12:25 am

I am not a BSN yet, but I sure felt like one to my mother. I slept next to her each night at the hospital and I was awakened every 3 hours.. it wasn't fun at all. You will get through it with time and patience, this is a great site for support. xo
Caregiver/daughter to dear mother age 78, dx 5/09/17 because of me!! :wink:
Rectal CA Stage 3 low-grade adenocarcinoma- 6 cm
Neoadjuvant start 7/10/17 ended 08/16/17
3D Lap. surgery @ Keck USC, Dr. Sang Lee 10/17/17 temp ileostomy
11/1 hospitalized abscess/hernia - home 11/06/17 antibiotics
Took her last chemo med 05/10/18! Ileo reversal 07/24/18
1st BM after reversal 07/25/18 Anal Fissure 8/15/18
Me:1st Colonoscopy age 38. 08/17 Benign polp.

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Re: Surgery tomorrow (Thursday)

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Wed May 16, 2018 8:52 am

I'm glad your surgery went well and hope your recovery goes well!*hugs* I was diagnosed as stage 2a in 2014. My cancer hadn't spread. Chemo wasn't recommended and I have been in remission since surgery.
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

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