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Sun, Jan 21 8:17am · @charles · Advances in Treatment of Colon Cancer

2017 saw many advances in the treatment of colon cancer. Use of precision cancer medicines is increasing due to genomic testing; Here is link to latest targets and medications; http://news.cancerconnect.com/types-of-cancer/colon-cancer/precision-cancer-medicine/ Keep up to date with daily cancer news on treatment advances as well; http://news.cancerconnect.com/category/colon-cancer/ Wishing you the best in 2018 [...]

Posted by drummerboy, Sun, Jan 21, 2018 8:17am

Cancer is tough on us no matter what the type, even after we are successful in beating it, we are changed. I say "Cancer Leaves a Mark", these are some thoughts on how cancer marks us forever. Take a look at this. >>http://bit.ly/2m2ngla

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Tue, Jan 23 5:17am · @mbr66 · Started Xeloda today

Hello everyone, I have started my first round of Xeloda this morning, after almost 3 months post surgery. I feel perfectly fine aside from a light headache. I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions or advice for me based on your own experiences with the medication. Thank you [...]

Posted by Jan, Tue, Jan 16, 2018 4:28pm

Stay positive I know it’s hard!! I had trouble staying positive but it does help!!!
Reach out anytime!
Janet

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Posted by mbr66, Tue, Jan 23, 2018 5:17am

Thank you so much! It was very informative, personal and honest! Really appreciate it 🙂

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Fri, Jan 12 4:36pm · @bethbourg · Lonsurf

Has anyone been on Lonsurf? My husband is due to start soon after all of the insurance paperwork is done and we pay the overwhelming copay. Did you have good results? Any side effects? I just don’t understand how drugs are priced. It seems cruel to make people feel so [...]

Posted by carolcowan, Fri, Jan 12, 2018 4:29pm

I had to take a drug called Sovaldi for chronic hepatitis C a few years ago. One tablet a day for 3 months. Each pill was $1,000. I was fortunate that our prescription plan paid all but about $43.00/mo. Gilead, the manufacturer, gave coupons to patients that paid part of

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Posted by bethbourg, Fri, Jan 12, 2018 4:36pm

WOW that was awful! In terms of assistance I did more of a search as you recommended. Seems most companies follow the rule of: in order to qualify you must make less than 400% of the poverty level which for a family of two comes out to be a little

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Dec 12, 2017 · @jas_mine · Possible Colon Cancer

Hi I'm 19 years old. I found out that I have polyps in my colon to the point they will not be able to remove them so I will have to get my whole colon removed. I will have to wear a colostomy bag or a j pouch. I just [...]

Posted by carolcowan, Tue, Dec 12, 2017 1:02am

jsales99,
Jasmine has an inherited gene mutation that has nothing to do with "regular" colon cancer. There are too many polyps to remove and that's why removing the entire colon provides the best chance of extending survival.
Carol

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Posted by carolcowan, Tue, Dec 12, 2017 1:15am

Jasmine,
My best advice for you about the idea of praying for healing is to tell your mother that her prayers and those of her friends will be appreciated while you get the treatment the doctor says you need. If you do pray, you can tell her it's a great

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Tue, Feb 6 6:29am · @barajasd72 · Colon Cancer mastastised to the liver

Hi, my name is David. My Sister was diagnosed with colon cancer last year. She finished chemo in April 2017. When she was re-checked in August 2017 (CT SCAN) radiology doctor located abnormalities to her liver. PET SCAN was done and went to follow up with the doctor and he [...]

Posted by carolcowan, Tue, Feb 6, 2018 3:29am

@01171965,
Liver metastasis is cancer from another part of the body. It's NOT liver cancer. You're correct about liver metastasis indicating the patient has stage 4 cancer. Colon cancer that metastasizes to the liver is colon cancer in the liver.
Carol

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Posted by charles, Tue, Feb 6, 2018 6:29am

Here is a link to a simple summary outlining ALL treatment options for stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to the liver. http://news.cancerconnect.com/types-of-cancer/colon-cancer/stage-iv-colon-cancer/ Because the cancer has spread from the colon to the liver it is likely to also be in places between the colon and the liver therefore

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Fri, Jan 5 10:44am · @pickthis · Possible Sepsis

Hello group. Was hoping someone could help me. My father was supposed to start his lay cycle of Xeloda but instead caught an infection of sorts or so his family physician said. He started on a week of antibiotics then went back in and they hit him with another dose [...]

Posted by pickthis, Fri, Jan 5, 2018 8:49am

Hi Carol. Sorry it took me so long to respond and I’m sorry for not keeping up with posting on here but it has been a very hard month. He was so up and down - feeling half decent one day then completely awful the next with this respiratory thing

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Posted by carolcowan, Fri, Jan 5, 2018 10:44am

Debbie,
His immune system should recover because he's not taking chemo. What you can do to help keep his immune system functioning better includes making sure he's getting a good amount of sleep. Rather than taking vitamins, it's best to get your nutrition in your diet. Foods that may provide

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Sat, Feb 3 9:29pm · @yllekeduj · Stage 4 Metastatic Rectal Cancer also moved to liver & pelvis

Like recent information on survival rate of people who have Stage 4 Metastatic Rectal Cancer that has moved into the lymph nods in the pelvis & also multiple tumors in the liver. No cancer in bones, lungs or brain. 57 years old with no prior health conditions. Always been active [...]

Posted by yllekeduj, Wed, Dec 13, 2017 6:19am

I really appreciate your response & you have given me some more avenues to explore!!!
Many thanks for taking the time to reply, so much appreciated!!!

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Posted by peggyzuckerman, Sat, Feb 3, 2018 9:29pm

THere have been tremendous changes in the treatment of kidney cancer, and even info that is five years old is out of date. Do try to reach out to kidney cancer oncologists, as it is just impossible for a general oncologist to have the necessary expertise. If you can let

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Nov 18, 2017 · @charles · Liquid Biopsy to Direct Treatment

I think liquid biopsies will change the way we think about and treat cancer with new precision cancer medicines. Colon cancer has several biomarkers that can be used to direct treatment. http://news.cancerconnect.com/what-is-a-liquid-biopsy/ I am curious if anybodies physician has offered to do a liquid biopsy? C [...]

Posted by carolcowan, Sat, Nov 18, 2017 9:26pm

Charles,
We have a member of the colon and rectal cancer group named EllieM. She posted frequently but I haven't seen her posts for maybe a year now. She had what she called a "blood biopsy". It was to see if there were genetic mutations and to see if there's

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Nov 6, 2017 · @vaibhav · Colon cancer

My mom diagnosed with colon cancer .ca 125 was 118 and cea was 57 .after the three cycle of chemo ca 125 is 22 and cea is 50. I just want to know about her improvement .can you help me [...]

Posted by megm, Mon, Nov 6, 2017 2:49pm

Hi @vaibhav, what do her doctors say?

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Nov 30, 2017 · @afca_fc · Colon Cancer 3c - What treatment options are available?

I was living abroad and recently diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3c. I'm only 38 and never had any health issues before so this has been huge shock for me! I'm also mother to a small son and am concerned how to get through chemo. I've been advised to do [...]

Posted by angb, Mon, Nov 27, 2017 6:39am

Hi I also have stage 3 (c) coo cancer and currently FOLFOX I have #7 treatment coiming this week I have been doing ok and feel it is working Get a scam after -#9 They removed a tumor first . I have a had some side affects but all tolerable

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Posted by angb, Thu, Nov 30, 2017 4:24am

Hello I am Ang 49 yrs of with stage 3c How are you doing with FOLFOX ? Things are going ok here side effects but tolerable Neuropathy being the worst & certain days just really tired ! I have 5 more treatments with a scan to follow Can I ask

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Nov 2, 2017 · @kirby · Diet for colon cancer 3.

What diet should I be on. I have colon cancer 3 and have not started chemo. I feel like I'm constipated today [...]

Posted by pajamas35, Thu, Nov 2, 2017 9:03am

@jan hit the nail on the head.
Absolutely drink lots of water.
I am also stage III. In my fourth year. Scared is what I felt as well. I'm sure that is very normal.
Strangely enough, I have felt that eating a lot of nuts, specifically almonds, and

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Posted by Jan, Thu, Nov 2, 2017 10:51am

@pajamas35 4 th year cancer free?

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Oct 28, 2017 · @mbr66 · First appointment with Oncologist - what to ask??

Hi, my name is Mari, I'm 50 yrs old diagnosed with Stage 2A, 0/29 lymph nodes, just had surgery on October 12th to remove sigmoid colon tumor. My first appt with the oncologist is next Monday. I've been reading and writing questions I should address then and was wondering if [...]

Posted by katie5963, Sat, Oct 28, 2017 9:06am

If possible I would recommend you take someone to the appointment who could take notes for you. If you have someone just taking notes you can really pay attention to answers you get, and maybe think of other thinks you want to ask from that information.

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Posted by mbr66, Sat, Oct 28, 2017 9:34am

That's a great suggestion! I'll do that, thanks!!

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Dec 3, 2017 · @bethbourg · Rising CEA

My husband’s scans don’t show any new growth or increase in size in liver lesions. Colon tumor was removed in 11/2016 yet his CEA keeps creeping up. It was 78 a year ago and now over 200. Has anyone else experienced this? Thank you. [...]

Posted by charles, Sat, Dec 2, 2017 7:45am

Here is a link to the key biomarkers used for treatment decision making in colon cancer; http://news.cancerconnect.com/types-of-cancer/colon-cancer/diagnosis-tests/ FDA just approved the foundation one biomarker test this past week. Did insurance cover the test ?
C

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Posted by bethbourg, Sat, Dec 2, 2017 1:25pm

NP handling on Monday. My husband is Medicare with a supplement. I’ll let you know....

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Nov 17, 2017 · @katie5963 · Keytruda and colon cancer

Has anyone taken keytruda for colon cancer? [...]

Posted by jaymacgirls, Thu, Nov 16, 2017 2:03pm

Yes, I have been on it for 2 years this coming March. Stage 3B. Scans currently clear. Little to no side effects for me.

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Posted by katie5963, Fri, Nov 17, 2017 11:56am

Are you MHI?

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Nov 28, 2017 · @kirby · Colon cancer type 3

I'm 61 and my mother died of a stroke at 70 and grandma at 60 Can chemo cause strokes.? [...]

Posted by esther2k5, Fri, Nov 24, 2017 1:52am

Chris Wark of chrisbeatscancer.com had advanced colon cancer in his late 20's and had surgery but refused radiation & chemo and has been cancer free for 14 years. He made radical dietary changes and maintains a largely, though not exclusively, plant based diet and takes helpful nutritional supplements. Check out

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Posted by pickthis, Tue, Nov 28, 2017 8:32pm

Well here we are on his last cycle of Xeloda but it doesn’t look like he will be taking any of it. My dad developed a very bad upper respiratory infection is what the doctor is saying. He started feeling it on Thursday but when he had his blood tests

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