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  • nvrnrml has replied to a post on the message board

    The pathology after surgery, when they have tissue to examine and analyze, is the "true" staging.  While it would have been really nice to avoid the chemo, I wholly trust my Oncologist and he recommended chemo after the chemo+radiation and surgery so I listened.  As I understand it, the post-chemo is the stuff that increases survivability. Mine was Stage IIIa (T3, M0, N1), though, because 1 lymph node out o...

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      Go to the doc and if you have not had a colonoscopy, get one.  It saved my life.  I had NO symptoms but a routine blood test indicated some anemia and so began the "road" to finding out a big fat vampire tumor was literally sucking my blood.  Cancer can be sneaky.   No one.  I mean NO ONE is a bigger baby than I am when it comes to needles.  I cry every single time I get poked and somet...

      March 15, 2016 view post
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        It just occurred to me that I didn't tell you to have good lemon drops and other "fruity" sucking candy on hand.  They help with the weird flavor changes and mouth "slime".   I have also taken to squeezing a little lemon or orange or lime or a spalsh of cranberry juice to my hot water.  And I am eating citrus like crazy!   Thinking about you as you head into this phase.  As bad as some of t...

        January 01, 2016 view post
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          I have not taken any other meds or supps besides the occasional Tylenol and Claritin when receiving the Neupogen shots.  

          December 16, 2015 view post
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            I receive my 5FU infusions every other week but I have also had a month long delay and was worried.  My oncologist said that there is no "correct" cycle period - could be 3 weeks between doses or could be 1 week - they have just found that the every other week allows the body to recover enough for another dose without too many people sufferring delays in their treatment.   

            December 16, 2015 view post
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              Hi Val,  I, too, tolerated the 6 weeks of Xeloda + radiation well.  And I recovered from the temp ileostomy pretty quickly and, thankfully, knock on wood, it hasn't really caused me any issues since - other than I am not a fan of this "bag" and can not wait for the reversal surgery. I just concluded cycle #7 of 12 of the chemo infusions (Oxaliplatin/Leuvocorin/5FU).  I started the infusion chemo in A...

              December 14, 2015 view post
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                After chemo+radiation for 6 weeks and a temp ileostomy, I am 1/2 way thru a 6 month, 12 cycle, chemo regimen of Oxaliplatin/5FU.  If all goes well, my last infusion cycle should start 1/26/16 and end 1/28/16.   I started to experience tingling, finger locking, and a horrid throat sensation from the very first treatment so my oncologist decreased my Oxaliplatin dose for the 3rd cycle.  While I still ge...

                November 04, 2015 view discussion
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                Rectal Cancer
                After Treatment, Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Prevention, Diet, Emotional Support, Naturopathic Medicine, Recipes, Supplements

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