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    Top User Doug K's Avatar
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    Deb, Thanks for the update... always good to hear good outcomes. I would agree with the items you mention that seem to be continuing symptoms of the experience. I have all of them, sound very similar. I would be interested in the vitamin regime you are considering.

    doug


    Quote Originally Posted by Deb in Texas View Post
    I can't believe I haven't posted for over a year. Ju, I appreciate your story. I will look for your updates. My 3-year post-treatment scan was "unremarkable" which means clear. I also had a colonoscopy in December and told I don't have to repeat for 5 years!! Hurray! I hate drinking that vile stuff! I still have cramping and constipation and long hours in the bathroom but most days and nights are good. I also experience numbness in my hands - mostly at night. I have started taking vitamins to help nervous system.
    MyJourney:
    August 2004 Colonoscopy Clear
    June-July 2013 Abdominal Discomfort Upper Abdomen X-ray, UltraSound, CTScan all clear
    August 23, 2013 Diagnosed 5cm tumor on rectum wall: adenocarcinoma @age 66
    August-Sept2013 Met with Surgeon,Hematologist and Radiation oncologist
    Oct.-Nov.: Xeloda concurrent with radiation: 25 doses
    November CTScan, MRI and surgeon scoped: Tumor gone, scar tissue
    Jan.6, 2014 Surgery LAR: Rectum removed, sphincter remains: Pathology: no lymph node,
    Tumor downgraded from Possible T3 to T2.
    Feb. - April Chemo:5 FU and Oxilaplatin:6 infusions over 14 weeks
    Sept. 4, 2014 ColonoscopyClear,CT Clear
    Dec. 2014 Follow up BlWk good,CEA .9
    Mar.2015Follow up BlWk continues good, CEA .6
    June 2015 Follow up BlWk good, CEA .7
    Sept2015Followup BlWkgood CEA .7 CT ScanClear NED
    Dec2015SurgicalHerniaRepair surgery, recovering.
    Sept2016Followup BlWkGood CEA .7 CTScanClear NED
    Sept-Oct2017Followup All clear NED
    Continue ColoRectal Support Group monthly.

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    Deb here. Almost at the 5-year marker in April. Coping well with post treatment issues. Still long hours on toilet but found a high protein, low fat diet helps tremendously. Just hard to stick to sometimes because I LOVE carbs!

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    Debs,
    Great news and stay the better side of well.
    Always a great time to get to and past the 5 year mark.
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20, 23/08 now 8.2.
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+4.
    Active surveillance ceased and intervention recommended.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 07/09 to be done.
    Just a little recurrence and another 20 cm of colon vanished under the knife.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile, too many bullets at moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb in Texas View Post
    Deb here. Almost at the 5-year marker in April. Coping well with post treatment issues. Still long hours on toilet but found a high protein, low fat diet helps tremendously. Just hard to stick to sometimes because I LOVE carbs!
    This is great news, Deb. Way to go, get out there and live life. I know what you mean about carbs...
    doug

 

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