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Jackie, Alumna Mentor (@travelgirl)

Dietary Changes Before and After Colon Cancer

Colorectal Cancer | Last Active: Sep 17, 2018 | Replies (17)

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I did change somewhat- much less red meat; more plant based diet. Eat chicken some and some fish. What I notice is that processed Foods are like huge Circle K of eating- VERY convenient but very costly. It takes time to prepare a good plant based diet and meals. Just finished my second year post resection and after 3 poor preps for the colonoscopy they kind of gave up- said come back next year- you are probably OK- hmmm. Not sure why preps were so poor- did them by the book. Will be asking my primary care doc for referral for work up with Mayo. I am 67 and very active – I want and need answers. Bill

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Hello azcyclist. My colonoscopy prep was incomplete because i had a constriction in my colon. I could feel the prep products rumbling in my decending colon but it just couldnt pass through the constriction. Maybe you could do the ColoGuard test?
Three preps, not fun.

@azcyclist2018 Wow, did they not perform the follow-up colonoscopy? After my resection, I had a colonoscopy done at 6 months, a second one done at one year. Then after that they gave me an all clear for three years.
Did you have any post- op colonoscopy done?

My mother had a colonoscopy that was incomplete. they couldn't get through the diverticulosis. She ended up with a virtual colonoscopy. That diagnosed stage 4 colon cancer. A section removed & nothing in her lymph nodes. But 4 months now and she is having constant leakage of mucus and diarrhea every so often. Tried probiotics. they haven't helped. Anyone else have this issue?

Hi Suemer,
First — free advice –free to give and free to take! Above all stay in touch with your physician!! Advice here is to tell you what I had done, but this must be considered in the bigger picture with your physician.
I did the rounds of probiotics–the strongest ones available and then some follow up maintenance. Maybe about 4 weeks–not too hard. Also am taking 3x day cholostyramine packet (Rx) and metamucil in about 8 oz water. Works when I do all three – miss one and trouble begins. In general staying away from red meat; eating as much organic as available–lot of variation in organic. Have been intrigued with the plant based diet trend. Am not trying to be considered one the "V" word folks- best to you and your mom!!!

Hi travelgirl
yes there was an immediate check post surgery; however I had to be most assertive to get the one year recheck–which apparently was also clear. Was told I needed one every year for three years, and then if clear,I could go the 5 year plan. My second year recheck was problematic–you can read that in some other posts–advice to all as was drilled into me–be your own advocate!! Make your expectations known–not your wishes, not your hopes, your expectations. Doctors are people- they certainly deserve respect, but they work for me not the other way around. I "fired" my latest GI–was told he did not talk to patients after procedures…..OK- I wont be on your patient list any longer…and I will be sure to tell any others my story. Best to you,