Recovering from right hemicolectomy, starting chemo

Posted by annmac74 @annmac74, Feb 15 3:10pm

Hi I’m new to this group. Had a right hemicolectomy 9 weeks ago recovering very well. 14 lymph gland out with 1 with cells so now have to have chemo which I start next week in tablet form. My cancer was found when I was getting checked for something else came as such a shock and since then just been a roller coaster of test result treatment I’m sure very familiar to you all. I’m really dreading the chemo and possible side effects, it can’t think it will be August before I’m done. I have been very positive but now feeling a bit down knowing this is my life now always worrying about what’s going to happen next. Also although I have healed well I have a pain in my groin comes and goes but as all right bowel gone what could be causing pain. See what I mean every niggle us a worry. Have enjoyed reading your posts glad to have someone to chat too.

Hi annmac74. Welcome. I have been busy with the holidays and life, so I’ve not been as active on the group site these last months. Joined after being diagnosed with colon cancer. Found during a routine colonoscopy. Had a colon re-section a year ago October. I know what you mean about those worries and nagging thoughts. Seemed to fill my time with “catastrophic” thinking. I think I began to worry less as more time went by, realizing that I didn’t have control over outcome, but always finding comfort in my everyday life with those who wished me good health/healing . Baby steps. Each step building on the next through positive outcome. A bump in life’s road….. Treat yourself well during this time. Take care. virgo52

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Hi Virgo. Thank you for your reply I hear what your saying and hopefully time will make me less anxious. Maybe once I get the chemo done just seems like such a long road in front of me especially if the side effects are bad. I am getting a tablet Capecetabine anyone been on these be interested how you got on.
Thanks again Virgo

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Hi annmac. I’m sure someone in the group will respond. It’s nice to have tricks or ways to lessen any uncomfortableness. My nephew took the chemo tablets a few years back when diagnosed with stomach cancer. I think he did well on them. Probably some side effects but fewer than an in fusion. Just have to know there is a ending and that you are strong. Kick cancer’s behind!!! virgo

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Hi annmac, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer 14th Feb last year, had an operation end of March last year and after healing, went onto chemo and the 3 week cycle I had 8 cycles. I think I was quite lucky and never had any major effects during the chemo treatment, what I did learn was that after each cycle you learn what is good for you, and how you react, so you know when to plan things, what makes things go better ? what takes away any nausea or sickness if you experience any. What I never realised during this was how taking medication can be such a chore!! but as I said you will pick up your little treats that make you feel better . Just stay strong and don't let the medication take control of you … Good luck and as Virgo said "Kick Cancers Behind"

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@smudger6720

Hi annmac, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer 14th Feb last year, had an operation end of March last year and after healing, went onto chemo and the 3 week cycle I had 8 cycles. I think I was quite lucky and never had any major effects during the chemo treatment, what I did learn was that after each cycle you learn what is good for you, and how you react, so you know when to plan things, what makes things go better ? what takes away any nausea or sickness if you experience any. What I never realised during this was how taking medication can be such a chore!! but as I said you will pick up your little treats that make you feel better . Just stay strong and don't let the medication take control of you … Good luck and as Virgo said "Kick Cancers Behind"

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Thank you smudger6720 I get what your saying . I think I will be OK once I get started on course. If I've learned anything from this journey is to stop 'what iffing' sometimes when you get there its not as bad as you thought. As you say I'm sure I'll find my way through it. Good to have the kind words and encouragement from this forum. Take care stay safe.

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@virgo1952

Hi annmac. I’m sure someone in the group will respond. It’s nice to have tricks or ways to lessen any uncomfortableness. My nephew took the chemo tablets a few years back when diagnosed with stomach cancer. I think he did well on them. Probably some side effects but fewer than an in fusion. Just have to know there is a ending and that you are strong. Kick cancer’s behind!!! virgo

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I am taking chemo pills plus I get iv chemo once a week . There does not seem to be side effects . Good luck and keep us informed

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@annmac74 and @duckduck2020, what is the name of the chemo drug or combination that you're taking.

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Capecetabine not sure re spelling

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@annmac74

Capecetabine not sure re spelling

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Hi you might be one of the lucky ones and don't get side effects, I was on the same tablets, alongside oxiplatin and 3 days of steroids which I received at the start of each cycle of chemo, 2 weeks on one week off.. some times it is when you are so many cycles into your treatment, that the build up can cause some side effects. for me it was the first 3 days after the Oxiplatin that I never felt that great but nothing major . So i just planed to be at home for the first 3 days of each cycle.

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Hi smudge 6720 well that's me just started today. The volume of tablets is quite daunting but one day at a time. I only have the capecatabone. What stage was your cancer and what surgery did you have. Thanks for your info I'm loving the forum it's great to hear other people's stories and tips. 😃

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@annmac74

Hi smudge 6720 well that's me just started today. The volume of tablets is quite daunting but one day at a time. I only have the capecatabone. What stage was your cancer and what surgery did you have. Thanks for your info I'm loving the forum it's great to hear other people's stories and tips. 😃

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Hi @annmac74, how are you doing on the oral capecitabine?

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@annmac74

Hi smudge 6720 well that's me just started today. The volume of tablets is quite daunting but one day at a time. I only have the capecatabone. What stage was your cancer and what surgery did you have. Thanks for your info I'm loving the forum it's great to hear other people's stories and tips. 😃

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I was stage 3 it had spread to some lymph nodes and I had a left hemi colectomy finished with chemo , now part of the monitoring procedure

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