Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

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Sunnycd
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Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Postby Sunnycd » Thu Aug 19, 2021 9:44 pm

That’s great news! I go for my 3 month surveillance in about a month. I am slowly trying to exercise more, now that I am 6 weeks post reversal. Recovery has been very good, but about 5 weeks post takedown, I ended back in ER with a partial obstruction. My surgeon had said I could eat anything, no restrictions. However, I was very careful and introduced food little by little. After 4 weeks, I threw caution to the wind as I was doing so well, and…back to ER. Anyhow, lesson learned. Can’t wait to go back to yoga (I love hot yoga).
DX Feb. ‘21 CC IIB @ 51
Jan. ‘21 ER surgery, temp. colostomy
Sigmoid, adernocarcinoma
T4aN0MX, G2
0/24 lymph nodes
LVI: indefinite
PNI: not identified
Margins: clear
March ‘21 started 4 rounds of CAPOX
06/17/21 last day of CAPOX
06/25/21 CT scan clear
CEA: @ dx 4, post surgery 1.9, post chemo: 2.9; 09/21: 1.5
07/14/21 colostomy reversal
09/24/21 CT clear
MSS, RAS/RAF wild, PIK3CA mutant

NHMike
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Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Postby NHMike » Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:02 pm

Sunnycd wrote:That’s great news! I go for my 3 month surveillance in about a month. I am slowly trying to exercise more, now that I am 6 weeks post reversal. Recovery has been very good, but about 5 weeks post takedown, I ended back in ER with a partial obstruction. My surgeon had said I could eat anything, no restrictions. However, I was very careful and introduced food little by little. After 4 weeks, I threw caution to the wind as I was doing so well, and…back to ER. Anyhow, lesson learned. Can’t wait to go back to yoga (I love hot yoga).


My grocery store has a big popcorn display near the cash registers and I always look at it as I love popcorn. But I will have to say that there are a class of obstruction problems that I no longer have because I eliminated popcorn from my diet. And I'd guess that people that are prone to obstructions or that have them in recovery have the same issue but probably with different foods. I do plan on getting surgery to fix the problems but I'm waiting until the COVID situation clears up.

I also love Yoga now that I picked it up while on Chemo. There are a lot of advantages to Yoga and you can do it just about anytime and anywhere. I was doing a few standing poses while waiting for my appointment at Dana Farber last week.

I hope things go well for you as you get further from reversal.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8, 2/12 1.2
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/17: 2.7 2.2 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/17: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
CapeOx (8) 12/17-6/18
7/18: Reversal, Port Removal
2/19: Clean CT

Sunnycd
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Re: Rectal cancer (Stage 3A) diagnosed late June 2017

Postby Sunnycd » Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:53 pm

Funny you mention popcorn. I almost, almost ate it the day before the obstruction. I would have blamed it on the popcorn. Or worse, I would have blamed it on the wine…because I was craving popcorn and wine the day before :) At least now, I can still hope to try to have them at some point and see how it goes…
DX Feb. ‘21 CC IIB @ 51
Jan. ‘21 ER surgery, temp. colostomy
Sigmoid, adernocarcinoma
T4aN0MX, G2
0/24 lymph nodes
LVI: indefinite
PNI: not identified
Margins: clear
March ‘21 started 4 rounds of CAPOX
06/17/21 last day of CAPOX
06/25/21 CT scan clear
CEA: @ dx 4, post surgery 1.9, post chemo: 2.9; 09/21: 1.5
07/14/21 colostomy reversal
09/24/21 CT clear
MSS, RAS/RAF wild, PIK3CA mutant


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