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by Jacques
Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?
Replies: 815
Views: 354656

Re: For Stage III's: NED for how long now?

Bumping because I need more good news. The good news is this: If you are Stage III and if you diligently adhere to the "Three Pillars of Survivorship", then you are highly likely to finish the 5-year follow-up period in "complete remission". There are many Stage III's here who h...
by Jacques
Thu Jul 29, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I was in the hospital
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: I was in the hospital

... As far as I know none of my medications cause any issues.... ... I'm still having cramping, pain, bad bloating, gas especially during my period. I'm trying to get a hold of the gynecologist to find out if my pelvic scans showed fibroids, endoemetriosis or anything else that would make my period...
by Jacques
Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I was in the hospital
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: I was in the hospital

... Have you checked over the supplements you take to make sure none of them are a potential problem? ... This is very important. Since you now have about half a dozen different ongoing comorbidities, you have a truck-load of medications to deal with, and you need to be concerned about coordinating...
by Jacques
Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Does CEA pre-surgery impact prognosis?
Replies: 2
Views: 257

Re: Does CEA pre-surgery impact prognosis?

If your pre-surgery CEA was 16 ng/mL and if it had been stable at that level for some time, then you would fall in the category "10 ng/mL -19 ng/mL" in the rule-of-thumb chart below. In the chart it says, "low threshold for mets (probably indicates a met, will require further testing)...
by Jacques
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Examples where size doesn’t equal stage?
Replies: 9
Views: 355

Re: Examples where size doesn’t equal stage?

Size is not what matters most. What really matters is how deep the tumor has grown into the colon wall, i.e., through how many layers it has grown. This will no doubt be documented in the pathology report of your resection. In your case, the 7cm most likely refers to the length of the tumor -- and a...
by Jacques
Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Gall bladder removal and sigmoid resection?
Replies: 4
Views: 294

Re: Gall bladder removal and sigmoid resection?

Gallstones https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/gallstones What causes a gall bladder attack? https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/what-causes-a-gallbladder-attack Causes and Risk Factors of Gallbladder Disease https://www.verywellhealth.com/gallb...
by Jacques
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

Re: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.

...I’m trying to gather everything I can think of, do you have any suggestions? I'm sorry, but I don't have any direct experience with laparoscopic type surgeries, so I can only guess what might be needed in your case. My surgery was an open surgery with a temporary ileostomy, so I had a different ...
by Jacques
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

Re: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.

... I’m scheduled to get surgery next week ... Are you all set for your surgery next week? Do you now have all the things that you will need to have at home during the recovery period? For example, all of the right kinds of food and medical supplies that you will need to have close at hand ? Now is...
by Jacques
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scan Meanings, Help Please
Replies: 1
Views: 337

Re: Scan Meanings what qualifies as NED?

For your information, the acronym NED is usually defined as: NED - No Evidence of Disease There are several things that can be said about this concept. . ⋅  This is essentially "street language" for the more technical term," In remission ". In official correspondence a...
by Jacques
Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Any young, long term survivors? Need hope
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: Any young, long term survivors? Need hope

You can scroll through these two threads and scan the signatures for survivors diagnosed under the age of 40. Typically, members who reach the 5-year mark don't stay around here much longer, except perhaps to come back once a year or so on their "cancerversary" to post a reminder of their ...
by Jacques
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just wanting to chat with people who understand
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: Just wanting to chat with people who understand

Welcome to the forum! Here are some Stage 4 patient profiles for you to look at, if you are interested. You can scan the signatures to look for liver and/or lung involvement. Most of these people are still around and log in here from time to time. https://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.p...
by Jacques
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Help Understanding Blood Test Results
Replies: 2
Views: 425

Re: Help Understanding Blood Test Results

Regarding blood tests, please understand that: ⋅ There are different types of blood-test panels. Some are more extensive than others. . ⋅ The two main types of blood test panels are the ones used typically for annual physical exams. These are: ⋅  Serum chemistry panels ...
by Jacques
Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

Re: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.

TiredandTroubled - If you are going to be talking to the surgeon tomorrow, you could ask him about possible problems in future Quality of Life (QOL) related to "high ligation of the inferior mesenteric artery" which is one of the possible collateral damages caused by doing a sigmoid colon ...
by Jacques
Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

Re: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.

TiredandTroubled - Thanks for creating a signature. This will help in the long run to allow members here to understand your situation at a glance, especially if you keep your signature up to date as new information comes in. I have some comments on your initial signature, however. Given that your su...
by Jacques
Sat Jul 17, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.
Replies: 50
Views: 2683

Re: 29F. Just got a colonoscopy. They found something and I’m scared.

T&T -

You need to post more messages with more details. There are 2 main protocols for CRC: Rectal, and Colon, and they are different.

We need to know at least where the mass is located because the treatment protocols are so different for Rectal and Colon.

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