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Aug 20, 2018 · Dietary Changes Before and After Colon Cancer in Colorectal Cancer

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

Jul 31, 2017 · Living with colorectal cancer - Meet others & come say hi in Colorectal Cancer

Hi starlight

We all need to make choices in this journey that are best for us
And be at peace with our decisions
I hope you have a good support system in place to help you through this difficult time
You will be in my prayers

Jun 1, 2017 · CEA levels in Colorectal Cancer

Hi Diane
I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in jan 2015
My oncologist orders my blood work to be done every 3 weeks and always includes the CEA test as well
This number makes me very nervous but it is really only another tool and I have found other things can cause it to rise like a dental infection or even a sinus infection so I try my best not to get too anxious when there is a spike upwards
My oncologist tends to rely more on scans and blood work and my overall well being and keep me grounded to not get too excited
However a steadily increasing trend does merit attention
Keep us posted
Stay positive

May 2, 2017 · What's your colorectal cancer screening story? in Colorectal Cancer

My first screening was at the age of 45 as there was a family history of colon cancer and I was a believer in preventive medicine. They found a polyp
Which turned out to be benign . I had another a year later followed by the 3 year point and was on a 5 year routine colonoscopy schedule as nothing had been found after that initial
Benign polyp. Long story short I was diagnosed in January of 2015 with stage 4 colon cancer. It was unbelievable but true. Seems my cancer was located at the very end of the colon in the cecum and was most likely missed . So word to the wise make sure there is a picture attached to the report documenting that the end of the colon had been reached. Sorry to say they could not produce a picture to support this in my prior colonscopy

Feb 25, 2017 · Three months after colon surgery in Colorectal Cancer

I also struggle with ongoing constipation which started right before Christmas. my diet is primarily plant based and lots of fiber
My doctor suggested I try a low residue diet which was difficult for me but I gave it a whirl
Didn’t help at all
So I am back on my healthy diet and find that drinking lots of water and staying active and moving really helps
And when all else fails try a dose of miralax
Fortunately things are getting better for me
Good luck

Feb 25, 2017 · Stomach like a beer belly after colon cancer surgery in Colorectal Cancer

I had bad stomach pains which came on pretty quickly
They did an endoscopy and told me I had some acid reflux and sent me home with some meds
Two days later still had the stomach pain so they did 4 scans in one day 2 ultrasound and 2 Ct
Both showed nothing
The only thing left was a colonoscopy so 2 days later it was done and the cancer found

We all just need to get through this time
Things are improving quickly in the fight against cancer and I believe they are close to unlocking the key to your immune system attacking the cancer
May the good lord help us all to stay strong and determined and never give up the fight

Feb 24, 2017 · Stomach like a beer belly after colon cancer surgery in Colorectal Cancer

No my appendix was intact at the time of the surgery for colon cancer located in the cecum next to the appendix. However my surgeon was very aggressive and told me post op that he took everything he saw including my appendix
However I think that my surgeon’s actions may be the reason why I am still here today

Feb 17, 2017 · Xeloda in Colorectal Cancer

I have stage IV colon cancer with mets to liver and lungs and have been on maintainence therapy since 7/2015 which consists of 1150mg of xeloda twice a day for two weeks followed by a week off
In addition I have an infusion of Avastin every 3 weeks
I have been NED since June of 2015 thank the lord
Seems the xeloda/Avastin is working and hope it continues
Xeloda is a hard drug
I have had significant hand and foot syndrome which has lessened with time
My feet are actually pretty good and I wear protective cotton gloves most of the time which helps
Bottom line however is that I am very thankful I have been able to tolerate the drug pretty well as I have 2 friends that couldn’t handle it
In addition I work with a wonderful acupuncturist who works with cancer patients and I think this has helped as well
We just need to be strong and never give up