Hello! Has anyone of you experienced having cancer ? I am still in shock that my Mom was diagnosed with colorectal cancer a few weeks ago. It is heart breaking.
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Hi again @soul,
I’d like to introduce you to Connect member @retairforceman @sue_in_delaware @nananet – all who are living with colorectal cancer.
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I have just finished 28 radiation treatments and 56 chemo treatments (3 1500 MG Saluda pills twice a day) which ended on September 11, 2015 and Colon Rectal surgery on Dec 9 2015 which was performed by a Dr John C. REILLY, Colon Rectal surgeons of HAMOT MEDICAL CENTER Erie PA which removed my rectum and part of my colon and massive tumor . I was,stage 4. They did resection ing of the colon and colostomy. I was,discharged on Dec 16 2015. The,surgery lasted 7 hours. I was near death because severe ischemic heart disease all from AGENT ORANGE HERBICIDES EXPOSURE DURING THE VIETNAM WAR AND LATER. I also had plastic surgery performed at the,same time. The pathology report came back totally clean. No cancer. They wanted to continue more chemo but I declined.
My most concern is My Mom’s well being. Knowing that she does not have any disease no high blood pressure, no heart disease, no diabeties. Normal healthy person and She was just experiencing constipation and diarrhea and then now after colonoscopy, she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
I don’t want her to suffer in pain. I wanted to find out the easy way to remove this rectum mass from her rectum. My Mom mentioned that she will not be able to go through Chemo and etc., I would like to find out from Mayo clinic that the Robotic surgery or laser can use to remove the rectum mass. If so. I would like to know which hospital and Doctor they can recommend in Thailand ( Bangkok or any cities) since my Mom lives in Thailand.
I would also like to response to member @retairforceman that he is very strong and brave. I wish him all the best. I have to encourage My Mom with retairforceman’s medical experience he went through. It is unbelievable for 7 hours of surgery. I salute !
@soul, you can call the International Services department http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/international/appointments. While they can’t recommend specific treatments or professionals in other countries, they may be able to help answer some of your questions.
99% of beating cancer is,attitude. ATTITUDE AND,FAITH COUPLED WITH FAMILY SUPPORT WILL BRING YOU CLOSER AND SMILES will bring determination against a terrible disease. DON’T EVER GIVE UP. One simple little idea can make you turn the corner with positive treatment outcomes like red Gatorade to combat nausea and lack of appetite and dehydration all keys to handling radiation and chemo. Also ICE was my best friend in getting moments of relief from radiation. I highly recommend radiation and chemo before any surgery to stop the cancer from lymnodes, blood, other organs. Trust in your doctor’s and nurses and family and friends with prayer.
This is encouraging. My Mom is very positive. Thank you for this valuable info.
Dear Colleen, I have filled in the form and contacted Mayo clinic for consultation for International patients. I am waiting for the response from Mayo clinic. Thank you for the weblink of the Mayo clinic. Thank you again for the info.
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