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by catstaff
Sun Nov 21, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diet & survival - where are we at?
Replies: 16
Views: 4520

Re: Diet & survival - where are we at?

I didn't intend to be rude, but the conclusion of the article that orange colored fruits and vegetables were somehow bad for males might or might not be good information, and could cause someone to eliminate them without solid evidence. I didn't see much evidence they'd investigated that very thorou...
by catstaff
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diet & survival - where are we at?
Replies: 16
Views: 4520

Re: Diet & survival - where are we at?

To me, that paper is an example of why reliable guidance on diet is so muddled. Most of it was consistent with well-known evidence that eating more fruits and vegetables is good. But trying to distinguish effects of different colors seemed problematic to me. Some of it didn't make any biological sen...
by catstaff
Wed Nov 17, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT Scan and Updates
Replies: 31
Views: 9979

Re: CT Scan and Updates

He may have had something called "early postoperative SBO" from the adhesion surgery. Those new adhesions usually are soft enough to clear with conservative management. It's not rare but it's not common either. So we wait. Unfortunately he has progressed while off chemo and even if this cl...
by catstaff
Mon Nov 15, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT Scan and Updates
Replies: 31
Views: 9979

Re: CT Scan and Updates

He is back in the hospital with another blockage. It may be due to manipulation of a bowel that was apparently very tangled with scar tissue. Hopefully your situation will not be as bad. The bypass was successful and that's open, this is nearby and new but may resolve.
by catstaff
Sun Nov 14, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Can liver mets be cured without surgery
Replies: 5
Views: 2484

Re: Can liver mets be cured without surgery

We just got the bad news of liver spots. I am hoping he will be a candidate for RFA (I doubt they would do resection due to the lymphatic spread).

Complete responses to chemo are a few percent, maybe 5% at most, of patients, which isn't zero but isn't very good odds.
by catstaff
Sun Nov 14, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Diet & survival - where are we at?
Replies: 16
Views: 4520

Re: Diet & survival - where are we at?

Hi Rob, Speaking as a proponent of evidence-based medicine (with a scientific background) the problem is that a lot of what is known about diet is highly controversial and changes frequently. It is very difficult to do high-quality research with diet, largely because it's nearly always retrospective...
by catstaff
Thu Nov 11, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT Scan and Updates
Replies: 31
Views: 9979

Re: CT Scan and Updates

Good luck, Riki, this has been rougher on my husband than his original surgery and we're still not in the clear since he is still having problems.
by catstaff
Fri Oct 29, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT Scan and Updates
Replies: 31
Views: 9979

Re: CT Scan and Updates

I'd rather not say where we live. It was a medical school-affiliated teaching hospital. The same surgeon who did the original surgery did this one. They didn't use any barrier film as far as I know. I think they normally just leave the bypassed bowel in situ. It presumably still has its blood supply...
by catstaff
Fri Oct 29, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ December 10/2021
Replies: 307
Views: 155055

Re: Review of my Journey so far -> ⓊⓟⒹⒶⓉⒺ October 28/2021

I also had Shingrix a year or two ago and the second shot knocked me flat (way worse than either Covid vaccine) but I would rather not get shingles so didn't mind.
by catstaff
Fri Oct 29, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: PCR for dMMR/MSI-H
Replies: 1
Views: 983

Re: PCR for dMMR/MSI-H

It's consistent with emerging data that immunotherapy should probably be first-line treatment for MSI-H. I'm not sure whether the sample was large enough to say whether celecoxib added anything or not. They didn't seem to be comparing it to Folfox or such. Now if only somebody could come up with a c...
by catstaff
Fri Oct 29, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT Scan and Updates
Replies: 31
Views: 9979

Re: CT Scan and Updates

He just got out of the hospital yesterday. It was fairly grueling, a full open surgery (they just reopened the old incision). Nearly a week of paralytic ileus. But in the last few days he's been improving rapidly, his appetite is returning and things seem to be moving much more smoothly. He ended up...
by catstaff
Thu Oct 21, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Possible new recommendations on less Aspirin use
Replies: 10
Views: 5020

Re: Possible new recommendations on less Aspirin use

Platelet inhibition *may* be helpful for colorectal cancers since at least some of those seem to travel through the bloodstream with platelet "escorts" to protect them, but whether regular aspirin use would be the solution for that issue seems to be quite unclear and the side effects may o...
by catstaff
Wed Oct 20, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Ostomy output hydration and kidney damage???
Replies: 4
Views: 2552

Re: Ostomy output hydration and kidney damage???

Given that history of extensive pelvic surgery, have they checked for ureteral strictures due to scar adhesions? (That wouldn't usually account for liver problems, however.)
by catstaff
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CT Scan and Updates
Replies: 31
Views: 9979

Re: CT Scan and Updates

Riki, have they scheduled surgery for you yet? DH's was yesterday and it was more extensive than they'd expected. He had significant scarring and had to have a bowel bypass. Obviously it was never going to resolve long-term on its own. No sign of new or unknown cancer, it was all scar tissue consist...

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