NorseMan wrote:...Thanks for any responses!
Green Tea wrote:Tips on preventing recurrences (i.e., diet, supplements, etc.).
There are some tips of this nature in the LifeExtension article shown in the link below. Topics like diets and supplements are discussed in Sections 9 and 10 of that article.
There are several Stage III patients here on this Forum who followed recommendations like these and who have made it through the 5-year follow-up period without any recurrences and who are now continuing on with the same sort of dietary regimen.
You might want to ask your doctor what he thinks about approaches like this.
This is my first post, but I have been a long term reader and I really appreciate all the knowledge transfer and supportiveness I have gained from reading everyone's posts... I had my first colonoscopy ever at age 55 (which was the first unfortunate event) and I wish I had a time machine to have done it earlier in my life. So now I try to warn everyone I know to get theirs early, so maybe I can save 1-2 from this disease which effects 1 out of 23 supposedly.
I went from knowing nothing about colon cancer, laying there on the table during the colonoscopy (which i did without anesthesia) and the doctor saying to me while we are watching the TV "I am sorry you have colon cancer", then the nurse coming over to hold my hand during the rest of the procedure, to developing coping strategies for how to live until if and when I go out... (I guess what I came up with was make it easier for everyone I leave behind, make connections, and good memories).
Anyhow, what I am worried about now is other bad decisions (unfortunate events) I have made so far during this, i don't want to call it a journey, maybe I will use a song reference "The Final Countdown" (heard that song at a dawn of the dead, covid-empty mall, after my diagnosis, limping around on a 2020 (the year of the murder hornet) replaced knee, wearing masks and spraying hand sanitizer, newly diagnosed with the big C, shopping for cardigans.)
Second possibly unfortunate event was that I couldn't stand chemo this winter, I call it being trapped alive in a dead body, so I read, read, read articles about that IDEA study and I rang the damn bell at 5 rounds of 8 of Capox. So that could bode ill, if it spreads. I cant feel my fingertips or toes, so maybe it was a good decision as far as neuropathy/quality of life goes.
Third possible unfortunate event was I skipped my Cat Scan on 6/1 and moved it to 7/26 after reading it is the equivalent of 8 years of radiation in one day and they probably wouldnt see anything yet (plus supposedly its about 70% accurate).
So my question for the team: am I a dead man walking due to not taking Stage 3B/C colon cancer seriously enough: not doing enough chemo, and delaying my cat scan? Or does it really not matter anyhow because it's a roll of the dice on outcome? Currently having one last healthy summer, biking, swimming, and hiking, pretending I am normal.
And I know a lot of people on here have it way, way worse than I do...
Thanks for any responses!
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