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Old 07-25-15, 04:22 PM
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I have colon cancer

Please get a colonoscopy. I waited too long. Surgery is set for Aug 3. I won't know the biopsy results til Aug 10 or so.
I had only minor symptoms; rectal bleeding occasionally. I'm trying to stay positive and biking a lot til the surgery.

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Old 07-25-15, 05:07 PM
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I'm very sorry to hear that. I can't imagine the feelingsame you must have. I will pray for peace for you .
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Old 07-25-15, 05:44 PM
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Sux.... do you know what stage?

9 years ago I finally got my first colonoscopy, a the the age of 50, and they found a larger pre-cancerous polyp. Luckily I had a specialist in NYC that was able to remove it without surgery. I've had rechecks every year for the first five and now on a 3 year recheck.

Good luck with your battle.
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Old 07-25-15, 06:08 PM
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I'm so sorry My husband had a scare last year where his Dr thought colon cancer could be a possibility. He had a colonoscopy to diagnose whether that's where his pain was coming from (at at 43) and they found (only) 3 precancerous polyps. Lucky he was having the abdominal problems in the first place, or it would have been 7+ years (and honestly, probably longer if at all) before he had a colonoscopy.
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Old 07-25-15, 07:00 PM
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Good luck on August 3rd.
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Old 07-25-15, 07:03 PM
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All the best Charlie. We're behind you all the way. It's something all of us need to be very concerned with.
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Good luck and hang in there.
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Old 07-25-15, 07:24 PM
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Hang in there, man. Cancer sucks and it affects far too many of us. Hoping you'll have a successful treatment.
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Old 07-25-15, 08:05 PM
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I had colon cancer in 1998. They had to remove a foot of colon and I have to have a colonoscopy every year. I,m down to a colonoscopy once every two years now. I have one coming up next month and I get somewhat anxious every time it comes up.

Anyhow good luck and hang in there.
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Old 07-25-15, 08:08 PM
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Man, Charlie, that sucks, big time. Been through this with my mom twice, hopefully once will be everything for you, and it will be done, completely. Riding until the surgery, and staying positive about the entire deal sounds like a good plan, to start out. I agree 100% about the colonoscopy not being put off, I'm due and my PCP said he will get things going next visit. You will be in my prayers, for a successful surgery, and that the pathology report says good things. Listen to the doctors, and please don't rush back to cycling. Get everything cleared up, healed up and ready before pedaling any. Please keep us up dated about how you are fairing, too. I've had numerous resections of my small intestine, its serious, but it heals well, and fairly quickly, too. (I believe I had 6, all about 6" of removal, so I am at the limit and colostomy bags are the pits.)

I know that this forum has had jokes and poked fun about scheduling colonoscopies, this isn't any kind of joking around here, as I am sure everyone, especially Charlie, knows. Please take this to heart, and get everything checked out, very few realize that a polyp is even present, or that it has progressed to cancerous stages, getting a colonoscopy isn't a difficult thing at all. I have stopped using the twilight anesthesia, even, I watch the screen as they do the procedure, its really interesting to see. Please don't become another statistic, get checked out.

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Old 07-25-15, 08:10 PM
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I wish you all the best in your current situation.
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Old 07-25-15, 08:16 PM
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Scheduled for Aug 25. Good luck Charlie.
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Good luck with the surgery and treatment.

I think the current recommendations is for a colonoscopy at age 50, then every 5 to 10 years, or as recommended based on the initial screening. Sigmoidoscopy is less frequently done as there are few advantages, and it only looks at part of the colon.

I haven't had it done yet, but looking forward to some roto-rooting soon. I don't get in for a physical very frequently

Anyway, so if you're over 50, and haven't had it done... schedule an appointment.
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Old 07-25-15, 08:23 PM
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Charlie,
I want to wish you the best of luck!! This sucks!
Best of luck!
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Old 07-25-15, 09:02 PM
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Thanks all for your kind remarks. I will let you know how it goes.

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I pray the Lord to get you through this. And He will. Blessings to you.
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So sorry to hear this. Good luck with the fight, i'll definitely be thinking of you and sending positive energy.
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Good luck and get those miles in. No sense in fretting since that's negative energy and not a useful Rx of any sort. My way of dealing with my prostate cancer is with humor, riding, healthier eating and living as stress free as possible. Lots of talking to myself and relying on my inner strength since I'm not the religious sort.
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I like OldTriGuy's post. The last time I donated blood the phlebotomist noted that her blood type and attitude and mine were all the same -- "be positive!"

All of us are rooting for you.
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Wishing you the very best and keep positive
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I am so sorry to hear that!

I know waaaay more about colon cancer than I ever wanted to. My wife had colon cancer ... she's 10+ years after diagnosis and out of danger now.

The scariest part is now ... after the biopsy and before the staging.

Some thoughts to share with you:

The level of care varies widely. Most do the standard of care, and that's it. Many do less. And a good number do more. My wife was lucky enough to have a skilled surgeon (hers shaded into rectal cancer, and the surgeon's skill is one of the factors in the outcome in those cases), and her GI submitted the tumor for some tests that showed that although she was Stage II, she was a high risk Stage II due to some alelle anomalies (waaaay above the standard of care). That was useful information when we made the decision for adjuvant treatment or not. And some docs are now fine-tuning chemotherapy regimes based on the same kind of information. There is also some evidence that removing more lymph nodes in the surgery itself results in better outcomes. It is a common cancer, so there is a lot of research, and a lot of advances being made. Make sure you're on the leading wave of that.

This is the best suggestion I can give you. Go to this website:

ACOR.org - Association of Cancer Online Resources

Join the email list for colon cancer, and introduce yourself. Read some of the past posts about current treatments and the standard of care, and make sure you doc meets or exceeds them. When she was undergoing chemo years ago, docs were just starting to realize that even some Stage IV patients could be saved by ablation or surgery. But you had to know ... judging from the stories of other patients, many did not.

I learned a HELL of a lot on that email list, even how to deal with chemo side effects and the like.

Feel free to PM me if you like. I'd be happy to share any information with you.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Good luck with the surgery and treatment.

I think the current recommendations is for a colonoscopy at age 50, then every 5 to 10 years, or as recommended based on the initial screening. Sigmoidoscopy is less frequently done as there are few advantages, and it only looks at part of the colon.

I haven't had it done yet, but looking forward to some roto-rooting soon. I don't get in for a physical very frequently

Anyway, so if you're over 50, and haven't had it done... schedule an appointment.
I would go further. I had occastion to interact with a lot of colon cancer patients and it is not at all unusual for it to appear between 40 and 50. So although the guidelines are for colonoscopies after 50, IMHO, the number should be 40 or 45.

It is a slow growing cancer, so if you're clean, chances are you won't need another for 10 years. If your insurance company doesn't pay, tell them that you've seen blood in your stool (and who doesn't one in a while). That will likely change their mind.

Colon cancer is slightly more common in the ascending colon ... which can be seen by a sigmoidoscopy. And since sigmoidoscopies can be performed by GPs, a lot of docs recommend them. I think that is utter nonsense. Why submit yourself to an often uncomfortable procedure that only will catch 1/3 of the cancers at best?

Colonoscopies are painless ... the worst part is the fasting before the procedure itself. Get it done!
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Good luck, my prayers are with you.

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Colonoscopies are painless ... the worst part is the fasting before the procedure itself. Get it done!
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Good luck! And get out of your comfort zone. Doctors matter. Find the best doctors and surgeons you can. Don't stay with a doc because your comfortable with him or you feel he's your friend. There are docs that have better reps than others treating certain conditions. Find the ones near you and go to them.

(You can probably sense that I didn't do that when I was diagnosed and suffered greatly for that mistake.)
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