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RE: CEA

by busiwork - August 09, 2012

Hi there,

So sorry to hear of your on-going battle and welcome to this amazing site.

Im not medical but have done a lot of research regarding foods and supplements. Below is a few of the things Ive come across which my own mother is implementing as part of her treatment and she is feeling well and doing well.

1. Eat foods rich in Omega-3

2. Have a high consumption of Fruit and Veg (Green leafy veg is exceptionally good)

3. Brown rice - it has great properties for health

4. Good antioxidents (which are especially good when having chemo):

Onions,  Curry Powder and Turmeric (turmeric is very good)

5. Steer clear of too much red meat - it is linked to DNA mutations

6. Asprin (75mg) - this can ward off cancer coming back and lower risk of dying - it blocks cell division

7. Eat calcium rich foods - high levels of calcium are good

8. Take Vitamin D suppliments - it helps you to feel better in yourself

I hope this helps and I will be thinking of you and your family  and wishing you a positive progress x

Hi There, What you are feeling is total grief. You have had an exceptionally difficult time and you have had to watch both your parents die from this terrible illness.

With your Dad. you thought he had beat it and after losing your Mum to cancer - its no wonder you feel mixed up and I guess very cheated,

All the lone remarks and friend remarks are really common - so is the feeling of isolation. Its time to start rebuilding your life. Rememeber your parents created your life and they would want the best for you.

What you must do is focus on the living and yourself - honour your parents memory by striding forward with your life - thats what they would have wanted.

Some people say that the final confused hurt look on someones face, is nothing to do with the living - but it is the soul leaving the body to go out of pain and too a better place.....who knows. I think in those final moments, that its the same as when you are born - you wont remember it or know its happening.

Rest, eat well, spend time with old friends and family and most of all plan your future....you have a life to live.

Take care of you xxx

RE: Colon Cancer!

by busiwork - July 12, 2012

So sorry to hear about your Mum Natalie. Dont give up hope there are lots of things that can be done to try to cure/slow cancer and to prelong life.

My Mum (65) started with stage 4 colon cancer in Nov 2011 and also had multiple mets (10+) in her liver (both lobes and throughout) and 2 in her lung. We were told it was inoperable and that with pallative chemo we may get 18 months.

My mum has had 4 lots of chemo and a great thing has happened. They have just been able to cut out the main tumour from her colon and they say the mets in the liver have shrunk a lot.

Yesterday they scanned her liver to see where we go from here and she will get her next appointment (with consultant) on the 25th of July to review scan.

They have told us that it is possile to take out up to 65% of ther liver and it will still grow back - so I guess we just wait and see what they suggest next.

The best advice I can give is to stay on top of the treatment, dont leave anything to chance and always follow up - dont let him get over looked or slip under the radar.

There is no answer to your question on survival - everyone is different. Take everyday as a blessing - but dont forget to live and make sure that cancer does not take your Mums remaining life away - remind her to live as well.

Good luck to you and your family x

RE: stage 4 colon cancer

by busiwork - July 12, 2012

So sorry to hear about your Dad. Dont give up hope there are lots of things that can be done to try to cure/slow cancer and to prelong life.

My Mum (65) started with stage 4 colon cancer in Nov 2011 and also had multiple mets (10+) in her liver (both lobes and throughout) and 2 in her lung. We were told it was inoperable and that with pallative chemo we may get 18 months.

My mum has had 4 lots of chemo and a great thing has happened. They have just been able to cut out the main tumour from her colon and they say the mets in the liver have shrunk a lot.

Yesterday they scanned her liver to see where we go from here and she will get her next appointment (with consultant) on the 25th of July to review scan.

They have told us that it is possile to take out up to 65% of ther liver and it will still grow back - so I guess we just wait and see what they suggest next.

The best advice I can give is to stay on top of the treatment, dont leave anything to chance and always follow up - dont let him get over looked or slip under the radar.

Good luck to you and your family - stay strong and feel free to message me for support....we have all been broken hearted and felt lost from this terrible cancer touching our lives - you arent alone x

RE: stage 4 colon cancer

by busiwork - July 12, 2012

So sorry to hear about your Dad. Dont give up hope there are lots of things that can be done to try to cure/slow cancer and to prelong life.

My Mum (65) started with stage 4 colon cancer in Nov 2011 and also had multiple mets (10+) in her liver (both lobes and throughout) and 2 in her lung. We were told it was inoperable and that with pallative chemo we may get 18 months.

My mum has had 4 lots of chemo and a great thing has happened. They have just been able to cut out the main tumour from her colon and they say the mets in the liver have shrunk a lot.

Yesterday they scanned her liver to see where we go from here and she will get her next appointment (with consultant) on the 25th of July to review scan.

They have told us that it is possile to take out up to 65% of ther liver and it will still grow back - so I guess we just wait and see what they suggest next.

The best advice I can give is to stay on top of the treatment, dont leave anything to chance and always follow up - dont let him get over looked or slip under the radar.

Good luck to you and your family - stay strong and message me anytime for support x

RE: Liver mets

by busiwork - July 12, 2012

So sorry to hear about your Dad. Dont give up hope there are lots of things that can be done to try to cure/slow cancer and to prelong life.

My Mum (65) started with stage 4 colon cancer in Nov 2011 and also had multiple mets (10+) in her liver (both lobes and throughout) and 2 in her lung. We were told it was inoperable and that with pallative chemo we may get 18 months.

My mum has had 4 lots of chemo and a great thing has happened. They have just been able to cut out the main tumour from her colon and they say the mets in the liver have shrunk a lot.

Yesterday they scanned her liver to see where we go from here and she will get her next appointment (with consultant) on the 25th of July to review scan.

They have told us that it is possile to take out up to 65% of ther liver and it will still grow back - so I guess we just wait and see what they suggest next.

I hope this message helps and gives you a couple of things to discuss with doctor.

The best advice I can give is to stay on top of the treatment, dont leave anything to chance and always follow up - dont let him get over looked or slip under the radar.

Good luck to you and your family x

Sorry to hear you are so distressed over this.

Im not a medical person so cant really answer your questions. But I can share an experience and thoughts with you.

What I would say reading your message is that you have been through a very traumatic time with lots of changes going on in your body.

All of your problems are within a certain area and are quite likely related (and related to the weight loss). A friend of mine had a prolapse of the rectum a few years ago and it went into her vagina - as your doctor told you these areas are very close to each other.

When you see him on the 26th have your questions ready. His statement that "everyone is different" is true and each body reacts differently to different situations/operations.

Get well soon x

 

Hi Morgan and Mom,

Morgan I know exactly how you are feeling - Im older than you - but my Mum was diagnosed with the same as yours: Colon cancer, 10+ mets in her liver and 2 in her lung last November. It is such a terrible scary time and you just cant take in whats happening properly - its like being in a daze and trying to wake up because you dont want it to be real. I felt so sad it hurt - I still do at times, but not all the time now.

At the time my Mum was told that she was stage 4 and in-operable and that they were only able to offer her palliative chemo(in other words to give her a little more time and less pain). We were told she had 18-24 months max.

4 rounds of chemo later and 7 months on they have just operated and taken out the main tumour in her colon and they say that the other tumours in her body have started to "melt" away (they are really shocked that she has done so well) - they have now taken away the 18-24 month life expectancy prognosis and we are waiting on the results of her last lot of tests to find out where we go from here. We think she will have more chemo and then they may operate on her liver.

What I am trying to tell you both is that its a struggle - its very emotional and eclipses everything else - but dont accept that first diagnosis, you have to stay focused, look after yourself and your Mom Morgan, take every bit of treatment offered and dont give up hope - as there is always a chance like my Mum that your Mom will improve her odds.

Its a very hard road, the chemo made my Mum pretty sick - though some people seem better on it than others - but as my Mum would tell you" It was worth it".

We know that she may never get better fully and we know there are hard times to come and we also know that the first diagnosis timeframe may still apply further down the line - but what we have now is a little hope that maybe we will be able to keep her a little longer and at the moment that is like winning the lottery for us. 

Every persons journey is different. Make sure Morgan's Mom that you eat a healthy diet and try to stay fit as it helps to fight this terrible illness (if the non-cancerous bits are healthy it helps battle the illness) - do some research on-line there is lots of information out there.

My biggest piece of advice I can give you and your Mom is to try and remember to still live while this is going on - as you now know, time is the most precious thing you have together so dont forget to still live your lives and make plans for the future.

My family and I wish you every positive thought for the journey ahead and hope Morgan that you and you Mom get some hope reading this.

Take care and God Bless x

Hello there,

Keep positive and strong. Everyones time frames are different.

My Mum has the same as you - colon cancer, 10+ mets in her liver (both sides and all through) and 1/2 mets in her lung.

I cant comment time wise yet as she was given the same time frames as you - with and without chemo - that was the 28th of Nov 2010.

She was told that it was inoperable in November 2010 and terminal ..... but next week due to the success of her chemo (which we were told was palliative - 4 lots over 3 months, an intravenous day followed by 2 weeks of tablets each time) - she is having the main tumour cut out of her colon and the mets in her liver have reduced considerably.

We arent raising our hopes too much but feel this is definately a step forward.

Good luck with your fight against this terrible invader and I hope you get some positive news like my Mum soon.

Take care xx

 Causes of hiccups

We don’t know the exact cause of hiccups. It might happen if the nerve that controls the diaphragm (the phrenic nerve) is irritated.

Thing that might trigger hiccups are

  • Eating and drinking too quickly, particularly gulping fizzy drinks
  • Over eating
  • Heartburn
  • Stress
  • Sudden changes in air temperature
  • Over stretching your neck
  • Certain drugs, such as medicines to treat anxiety (benzodiazepines)
  • Alcohol

But if you have cancer you might get hiccups if

  • Your stomach stops working and becomes extended and bloated
  • You have an infection affecting your chest, or food pipe
  • You are havingchemotherapy,steroidsor anopiod painkillersuch as morphine
  • Your cancer is pressing on your diaphragm
  • You have symptoms because of abrain tumour
  • Your kidneys are not working normally and your blood chemistry changes
  • You have high blood calcium levels (hypercalcaemia)

People with persistent or intractable hiccups need medical treatment. First, your doctor will try to find out what iscausing your hiccups. They may disappear by treating the cause, for example, changing the drugs that may be responsible for the hiccups.

But your doctor may treat the hiccups directly. Drugs used include

  • The anti sickness drug metoclopramide (Maxolon)
  • A sedative, such as haloperidol or chlorpromazine
  • A drug to relax your muscles such as baclofen

I saw the information above the other day - I hope this helps in some way.

Take Care and Good Luck xxx

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About busiwork

Caregiver
Cervical Cancer, Colon Cancer, Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer
After Treatment, Cancer Treatments, Clinical Trials and Research, Emotional Support, Side Effects, Spiritual Support, Supplements

My lovely Mum who is only 66 was diagnosed with Bowl Cancer at the beginning of November and unfortunately it was already advanced. Over the next few weeks, tests showed that it is stage 4 and had already invaded her liver in 10 places and her lung. On the 28th of November we were told it is in-operable and terminal. I am so sad I cant express how upset, afraid, lonely and so totally devastated for her (and us)I feel.

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