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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

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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
Surg 1-21-20 APR/colostomy, neg margins T4bN1a IIIC G2 MSI- 1/20 LN+ LVI+ PNI-
presurg cea 24/post 5.9
Adj modFOLFOX6, cea 7
8 rounds 6-10/CEA 11.4, 4 more no oxa
6-17-20 CEA 11.1 AFP 11.2 CA125 25.7 CA19-9 9
MHL1+
PMS2+
MSH2+
MSH6+
Post surg chemo sensitivity testing Nagourney CI "Test failed, neo-adj chemorad did its job. Not enough cancer cells to test."

Cured
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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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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 04/18, SBRT 02/19
Resect small intestine 05/18 (no cancer - 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 4.4
Scan 03/19: Multiple small lung nodules up to 5mm
Scan 12/19: one 1mm stable nodule
PET 04/20 uptake by L4
L3-L4-L5 fusion surgery and residual tumor removal 05/20

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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 high grade dysplasia
Scans: fibroid uterus, liver cysts, lung nodules
6/17/16 Open surgery: hysterectomy, X 12.5cm sigmoid, 29 LN
T2N0M0 Stage 1 Mod diff adeno 5.2cm x 4.1. Gyne benign, Lynch neg
CT 7/27/16 Ground Glass & spiculated lung nodules, thyroid nodules, watching.
2017/18/19 Scopes: polyps. Scans stable
2019 Endo: hiatal hernia, schatzki ring. 2 breast biopsies (benign)
05/20 GGN to 1.1cm. Biopsy: adenocarcinoma/primary lung cancer
Mama to a rescue Chihuahua

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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

NHMike
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Re: COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

Postby NHMike » Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:55 am

Tests have better availability in my state and I plan to get the Antibody test though I'd like to get the Roche test and I don't know if any providers have it yet. I haven't been sick since December and January, family came down with something that was mild with really oddball symptoms and I'd like to know if that was COVID or just a cold.
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

Cured
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Re: COVID-19 test required by Cancer Center

Postby Cured » Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:46 am

Mike, It would appear that lots of people have had the SARS-2 & were able to recover.

For $80 a local hospital’s Work Comp clinic offered to do the antibody test.
For our business I want to check our staff for COVID-19. They want $200/person.
The “free” tests funded by the government are available in a few places: if you say you have been in contact with a sick person; or if you have the high fever/ hard to breathe.

I was also told that a local Dr has setup a drive through for $20 to test for antibodies. I still can’t get my Drs. to prescribe the antibody test for me; which would be covered by Medicare.

I am isolating myself since right now my blood counts are low, due to Chemo. I’m preparing to skip a round to allow my body to rebuild its defenses.
In other words: I fear the impact of the Chemo more than the cancer at this point.
I have read that about 20% of deaths of cancer patients are not actually due to the cancer.....but by related things.
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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