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Dietary Changes Before and After Colon Cancer

Posted by @travelgirl, Tue, Jul 3 7:23pm

I am wondering how many people changed their diets after they were diagnosed with colon cancer? What foods have you lost the desire to eat?
Do you think that cutting out red meat, and processed foods it will keep the cancer form returning?

I know I used to eat way more red meat prior to my colon cancer diagnosis.
Now I seldom have a taste for red meat, and processed foods.
Jackie

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Great topic, @travelgirl. I'm bringing @ilene1 @soul @starrlight @minabird @mouselife @rayleemorris @brenz @memorae12 @missmary @jinatolle and @jrsmarkey into this discussion.
My father had colon cancer, thus I have a potentially familial risk factor and watch my diet. During a recent colonoscopy, I had a pre-cancerous polyp removed. I haven't lost the desire for any foods, but do limit processed meats. I miss it sometimes.

My Mom has totally changed her entire diet after colorectal cancer. She did not have cancer cell after surgery. My Mom likes spicy and oily food and she ate a lot of oily and fattening stuff before she had colorectal cancer. She has stopped eating all the spicy and oily stuff now. She eat vegetables more and protein from bean, egg , no processed meat. She eats less meat and more fish that made her healthier. She mentioned that she does not have desire to eat spicy and fattening stuff. She is recovering from the surgery and she is now free of cancer. It is truly blessings to her and everyone in the family. This is her second year after surgery.

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

@azcyclist2018

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.

Hello blue sky
I spoke with primary care and did considerable research on the cologuard tesf. Test has false positives and negatives ; is used for those without history of col cancer
Will still do one in one year- not much confidence either way. Have asked primary care to please move forward with referral to Mayo Clinic for further review .
Three preps yielded same results and discomfort – options were limited ; have faith that Mayo crew will be able to help us narrow questions
Take care

@azcyclist2018

Hello blue sky
I spoke with primary care and did considerable research on the cologuard tesf. Test has false positives and negatives ; is used for those without history of col cancer
Will still do one in one year- not much confidence either way. Have asked primary care to please move forward with referral to Mayo Clinic for further review .
Three preps yielded same results and discomfort – options were limited ; have faith that Mayo crew will be able to help us narrow questions
Take care

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Thank you for sharing the info on Colo Guard test results. Glad you are continuing to look for answers through the Mayo Clinic.
With Best wishes, Karen

@azcyclist2018

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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@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?
Jackie

Hi all
Following my diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer in early January 2015 my eating habits have changed and I believe it has helped although really can’t be measured.
However I think it is only one piece in what I do.
I try to eat organic as much as possible with lots of fruit and vegetables and no red meat .
In addition I exercise , get accupuncture, do yoga
And really try to listen to my body and remain vigilant.
I have been blessed to have a wonderful health care team as well

@sallyg Thank you for sharing. That is very helpful for all of us colon cancer survivors. You sound like your doing great? God bless that is wonderful.
Jackie

Hi, I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer with mets in August 2013…..
I gave up meat and most dairy, started light exercise (walking, tai chi ) and I am sure this has contributed to me still being here ..(73 years young)
Lots of big hugs to everyone fighting this disease xx

@azcyclist2018

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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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?

@azcyclist2018

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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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!!!
bill

@azcyclist2018

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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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,
bill

Thank you everyone for your advice and experience sharing with all. My Mom had Colorectal cancer and had a critical surgery in 2016. She went back to check and scan one year after the surgery and everything was clear. Doctors were delighted with the news since she is 80 years old. My Mom is also very careful with food. Her diet changed after the surgery. She eats less meat and more organic stuff. She eat fish and more vegetables and fruits. She does not eat spicy and oily stuff anymore. This keep maintain her health. She may have to do yearly check up soon. She has an issue with the constipation time to time.
So grateful for the group that we can share our experience and suggestion to all who suffers colorectal cancer and those along with the care givers.Thank you so much. We wish and pray for everyone. Be strong and positive and always hope for the best. Best wishes, Soul

Welcome to Connect, @jollysal. Love your healthy habits and attitude.

To everyone, did you see that we're hosting a video Q&A with Mayo Clinic experts on the topic:
"Cancer-Fighting Foods"
Thu, Aug 23, 2018
12:00pm to 12:45pm CT

See details here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/cancer-fighting-foods/
And post your questions before the broadcast.

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