Colon Cancer

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RE: Colon Cancer

by nursegirl1076 on Fri Dec 19, 2014 03:51 PM

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I know, no one is going to be harder on her about this than herself....prevention/early detection is the best medicine. Is she going to a large cancer center or a community hospital? Although most follow the NCI protocols for treatment of specific cancers I'm curious to find out if some hospitals are doing something different.

RE: Colon Cancer

by Miadowls on Fri Dec 19, 2014 04:01 PM

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Danbury Hospital in CT.  The chemo plan sounds tough and I think she might not handle it well.  Already she is so tired and throwing up all the time.  I am afraid the chemo will kill her.  Just more fears!

RE: Colon Cancer

by nursegirl1076 on Fri Dec 19, 2014 04:15 PM

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yes sometimes the treatment is worse than the disease when it comes to symptoms...is there a palliative care group up your way...they can help manage the side effects from the chemo

RE: Colon Cancer

by ReleaseMe on Sat Dec 20, 2014 03:40 AM

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On Dec 19, 2014 1:16 PM Miadowls wrote:

Thank you for your kind words.  My mom has only months to live without the chemo.  She is going to try the chemo and see what happens.  No surgery unless the chemo shrinks the tumors in the liver.  The worst part is she just retiered and now she cant do all the things she wants.

 

It breaks your heart! Sorry about your mom.  I lost my dad to colon cancer 15 years ago so I know what I am in for.

 

Merry Christmas

I would strongly suggest that if your mom is giong to do chemo that she does a  KRAS and BRAF testing first.

RE: Colon Cancer

by waiting on Sat Dec 20, 2014 04:02 PM

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have faith - it is strange that she is physically so ill before she even starts the chemo - is it fear of what is coming - if so try and calm her fears - I know people who have had chemo who have very few side effects - the most common I have heard of is fatigue - one lady in particular - they did not think she would survive - and she is now 2 years cancer free - it was a different type of cancer - a rare type - so my dear keep your chin up - be positive - your attitude is very important as your fears could transfer to your mom -- HOPE - that is what you need - believe me hope is very positive -

RE: Colon Cancer

by Miadowls on Tue Dec 30, 2014 04:17 PM

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Thank you

RE: Colon Cancer

by Miadowls on Tue Dec 30, 2014 07:42 PM

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Thank you.  We are going to let her decide when she wants to stop.  We are not putting any pressure on her.  Thanks for the wise words.

 

Mia

RE: Colon Cancer

by Miadowls on Tue Dec 30, 2014 07:50 PM

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Thank you

RE: Colon Cancer

by AntonioT on Wed Dec 31, 2014 05:38 AM

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Hello Everyone, 

My name is Antonio.  My father has stage 4 colon cancer going on 3 years now.   My father has been going on chemo and still continues.  He has been on several chemo's the oral, erbitrux, pump through the port and the iv on the port every two weeks.  Also, Irenotican, but not all at the same time but a combo at times.   The irenotican gave him bad dirrarhea.    My dad early after being diagnosed with cancer.  He had to have emergency surgery to remove part of his colon and if he didn't have that done then he would have died with it bursting inside him.  Recently, he has had chills and fevers along with bleeding from the rectum and fatigue.  My mom thought it was from the chemo but the dr's say its from the cancer.  My dad's i think its called cea count has been up and down.  At one time it had gone down alot but then gone back up after my dad was off chemo a month or so for family get togethers.   

My dad is 72 now and recently my mom told the doctors that he had blood clots in his stool.   

RE: Colon Cancer

by waiting on Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:41 AM

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blood in the stools is common with colon cancer - do not know whether these additional clots in the stools is indicative of any other symptoms of his disease - I hope your dad has a certain amount of quality of life - three years survival - so far - that is wonderful - try and enjoy every minute you have - 72 in this day and age is still young - I have said a prayer for your dad - I wish you and your familly - health and togetherness for the new year - take care Antonio T

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