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imageKellye - Colon cancer and Lynch Syndrome  My mother got her final path report Thursday.  She is Stage III.  4 lymph nodes were postive out of 24 removed.  The doc said the cancer had moved into the muscle layer of the bowel?  Since she was at a hospital in a larger city from where she lives, an oncologist came in to see her, but he really didn't go into a lot of details since she will be seeng one closer to home.  That appt is May 8.  His recommendation, …More…
Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer

imageCindy - Fighting the fight  So a little about me. I am 60 years old and my birthday present this year was my diagnosis of AC. This is my last fun picture with my step son just before A-Day. I am divorced now for 3 years and live in florida with my 2 Boxers, they are my kids. I have just finished my treatment on the 13th of this month and have a lot of the same side effects most talk about. The external symptoms …More…
Type: Anal Cancer

imageKhevin - Update on my breast cancer  After 4 months here in our new home in Vail, Arizona I have finally made it through the insurance maze and will see an Oncologyst on May 2nd.    I'm way overdue for my quarterly ultra-sound.   Those of you who have seen me around these pages know that I said "no" to Chemo after my diagnosis--a choice that I'm very comfortable with--but my surgeon wanted me to have an ultra-sound every 4 months for the first two years.  Anyway, I'm ontrack …More…
Type: Breast Cancer

imageCindy - Fighting the fight  Hi my name is Cindy. I'm glad to be here for all the great stories and advice. I just finished treatment on the 13th. Freaked out a little today, had lots of blood on BM. That has not happened in  awhile. Hoping it is because the last boost was targeting the original tumor area. Had to happen on a Saturday too.............nobody to call of course.  Look forward to posting again when not so freaked. Cindy …More…
Type: Anal Cancer

imageDawn - Hanging in   I've been ignoring my computer and now have 500+ emails (mostly junk) to get rid of.  Blech!  What's new with me.....I have 3 radiation treatments left to get done so will be completed next Wednesday.  These are SBRT (stereotactic body radiation therapy) and I only get 10 treatments.  But....these are super-duper radiation treatments.  Much higher dose then traditional radiation.  That means super zapping to the tumor but also means super side effects.  So far, so good though.  Maybe some intestinal irritation, …More…
Type: Lung Cancer

imageHeather - Introducing Me!  Sorry, my first post was a pretty lousy introductory post so here goes.... My name is Heather. I am 49 and have two children aged 7 and 8. I am married and live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.  I was diagnosed with stage two AC in March 2015. I had noticed a tiny area of rough skin nearly two years prior but it took me a long time to seek advice. I saw a general surgeon who specialises in GI …More…
Type: Anal Cancer

imageKatey - Happy News!  Well I went to the ER on Tuesday. It's a long story but the short version is that my new insurance is terrible and I can not see my primary care doctor that I've had for 20 years any more.  I was having terrible stomach pains and heart palpitations (by the way, I discovered that if you are having heart palpitations they wheel you in before everyone else). I would have gone to my regular doc but, not having one, I had to …More…
Type: Thyroid Cancer

imageSarah - End of week 5 - eyes on the prize  Hi all. Checking in at the end of week 5 and so pleased to have got through another week and to say goodbye to my chemo bottle. Managed to go to work all week, though by today it started to get pretty unbearable, waddling around like a duck and sitting down in slow motion.   Burns are getting worse daily and BMs are complete agony. Thank you for all your hints and tips though, I now have every potion and lotion known to man, plus mega …More…
Type: Anal Cancer

imageRick - A special moment  we really enjoyed watching our grandson get his first communion. There were over a thousand people in the church and many young people getting their first communion. During the mass the monsenior told the congregation anyone who is a member of the church could come up for communion. He also said anyone who was not a member that wanted a special blessing could come up. I asked my daughter in law's mother if she thought it would be ok if …More…
Type: Pancreas Cancer

imageHeather - Anyone treated with Xeloda instead of 5FU?  Hi all, I am currently nearing the end of my chemoradiation treatment and was wondering if anyone else had been treated using the same protocol. I have had 30 rad treatments and chemo using an initial infusion of mitomycin and Xeloda on rad days only. It seems like an unusual protocol to me, although not unheard of, and I am hoping there are some positive stories out there from those with a similar protocol. I was diagnosed with stage 2 AC N0 …More…
Type: Anal Cancer

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