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Board: Disabilities 05-05-2013, 11:01 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 16,531
Posted By CancerDad
Re: What do you say when people ask "What do you do?"

Depending on who is doing the asking, you can tailor your answer to what you feel comfortable telling people given the situation. For example, you might tell them you consult (in many different...
Board: Cancer: Rectal & Anal 07-03-2012, 09:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,851
Posted By CancerDad
Re: So lost, need some advice

Hi Bercy,
I would consult with a colorectal surgeon; perhaps you can get a referral from whatever GI did your colonoscopy. If your GI advises you to see another specialist then he/she should tell...
Board: Cancer: Colon 02-16-2010, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,247
Posted By CancerDad
Re: kind of concerned....

Hi:
If I were you, I would DEFINITELY be concerned. If you are using enemas or stimulant/laxatives together with stool softeners (I'm assuming that one or all of these were recommended/prescribed...
Board: Cancer: Colon 09-15-2007, 10:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 20,380
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Dad has tumours on Liver now....

Ali:
I am VERY sorry to hear about your husband. WHY ON EARTH would they NOT take biopsies while they are in there??? Especially given the fact that he is a Survivor! :confused:

I go in for...
Board: Cancer: Colon 09-15-2007, 09:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,321
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Blood in stool ... worried!

Hi:
YES, you DO still need to be concerned. Not to scare you, or to suggest that you suffer from something as serious as colorectal cancer, but intermittent bleeding is a SIGN of colorectal cancer....
Board: Cancer: Colon 09-13-2007, 09:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 14,745
Posted By CancerDad
Re: fears of colonoscopy

Hey Norton:

I noticed that you have been talking about needing a colonoscopy since March of 2006. As an advanced rectal cancer survivor myself, I would have to say-- either get it done, or quit...
Board: Cancer: Colon 09-13-2007, 08:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,321
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Blood in stool ... worried!

Read my other post regarding bleeding issues and having an appt with GP-- what to expect...

Bottom line... DON'T WAIT. Please go to a GI CLINIC where you can get scoped for free. I wish I could...
Board: Cancer: Colon 09-13-2007, 08:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 23,152
Posted By CancerDad
Re: going to doc wed. for rectal bleeding - what to expect?

Hi:
ANY COMPLAINT of rectal bleeding MUST BE FOLLOWED UP WITH A SCOPE. PLEASE do NOT let them get away with giving you an "occult stool card" to use at home to see if you are bleeding... you...
Board: Cancer: Colon 09-13-2007, 06:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 20,380
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Dad has tumours on Liver now....

SmartCookie:
Good to speak with you again. I'm SO SORRY for all that is going on with your Dad. Speaking firsthand, there is only so much dilation you can do to the rectal area. I had severe...
Board: Cancer: Colon 04-29-2007, 09:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,702
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Question about disability

Chronie:
Typically you apply for Social Security Disability... It is a belief that they reject just about everyone first go around. I was lucky and got approved the second time... luckily with all...
Board: Cancer: Colon 03-22-2007, 09:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 903
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Alison

Hi Kathy Sue:
I AM AROUND... just been away for a while with some unwanted personal stuff-- so, I have been in the process of moving into a new house. Should be wrapped up within the next couple...
Board: Cancer: Colon 03-22-2007, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,558
Posted By CancerDad
Hi All...

I already posted this once, but it didn't take... we'll see if this one does.

I hear some have been asing for me (some have even run a search) as they have questions regarding treatment-- I hope...
Board: Cancer: Colon 02-13-2007, 09:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,138
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Thank's Lalee, ??? bloodwork

They can run a CBC or Complete Blood Count. If you have something going on with your colon, or GI tract for that matter, it is possible that your Hematocrit level might be low indicating that you are...
Board: Cancer: Colon 02-13-2007, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,108
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Neuropathy Issues - suggestions, ideas welcomed

Osage:
PLEASE speak with your oncologist or even primary care doctor regarding the neuropathy or "nerve pain." There is a great drug available called Lyrica specifically designed and indicated for...
Board: Cancer: Colon 01-20-2007, 08:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,492
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Short/Long Term Disability

As for STD/LTD, every plan is different, and every person is different. MOST people AT LEAST have an STD program. After that, or depending on your work they may include and start from day one, you...
Board: Cancer: Colon 01-11-2007, 07:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,611
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Ineed to talk to someone.I am terminal and scared

Sak:
PLEASE remember that there are MANY "terminal" survivors on this Board who fight EVERY DAY. I am glad you are no longer embalming if that is no longer what you want to do with your life-- not...
Board: Cancer: Colon 01-11-2007, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,611
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Ineed to talk to someone.I am terminal and scared

Sak:
I was diagnosed stage 3C 3 years ago with 6/10 positive lymph nodes post-chemo-radiation. I was given a 24% chance of surviving 5 years.... I went through multiple surgeries, aggressive...
Board: Cancer: Colon 01-08-2007, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,531
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Adhesions, anyone?

Hey Cats:
Yeah, when my surgeon went back in for the permenant colostomy, I was FILLED with adhesions and scar tissue, worst then he's seen (great, VERY experienced surgeon, but in Hartford). My...
Board: Cancer: Colon 01-06-2007, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,474
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Back in hospital

Cat:
I'm sorry... I think I misunderstood too. However, I can't IMAGINE that they transected you so high up past the ileum... which means, instead of going through obstructions and TPN, etc, there...
Board: Cancer: Colon 01-04-2007, 12:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,474
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Back in hospital

Cats:
I'm praying and sending good wishes. I am very sorry for all your problems... esp around the holidays. You know what I FINALLY had to do with all my problems-- dare I say the word colostomy....
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-26-2006, 09:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 985
Posted By CancerDad
Re: ? for CD and shnswms about thalidomide

:wave: Mikosha:
It is good to hear from you... I am sorry your Dad is not doing well. I have heard of Thalidomide trials for MANY different kinds of cancer. It is very costly to the drug company...
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-13-2006, 06:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,625
Posted By CancerDad
Re: My Oncologist Was Killed In a Plane Crash

Barbara:
I am VERY SORRY to hear of your loss. Sounds as though you lost a good doctor and friend. Again, I'm sorry.

Fondly,
CancerDad
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-11-2006, 10:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,635
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Big surgery day.

Flygirl:
I'm SO happy to hear the great news! Keep that husband walking around and practicing breathing exercises. He will be on fluids for a while, and tell him to not push to have that cath out...
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-11-2006, 10:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,491
Posted By CancerDad
Re: ALT levels

Hey Brad:
Personally, I wouldn't be ALL that worried until your onc. is back and you get his/her opinion and follow up tests like CT's and Ultrasounds. As Lee said, PETs came back normal, CEA is...
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-11-2006, 01:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,861
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Anyone similar experience??

:)KTEE:
I LOVE how you say things sometimes..."The Liver Man..." Sounds like one who deals livers. LOL. You gave me a smile for today my friend. You and I have not spoken in quite a while... I...
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-11-2006, 10:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,246
Posted By CancerDad
Re: What is CEA? Signs of recurrence?

Chuckles:
CEA is a protein released when someone has GI cancer. It stands for CarcinoEmbryonic Antigen. It is very useful to keep tabs on if your Mom had an elevated blood level to begin with......
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-10-2006, 09:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,818
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Just fell apart

Hi again:
I just wanted to add that I AM CERTAIN your entire family is feeling the effects of this horrific disease. I think that showing your son that it's ok to show emotion when you are sad, or...
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-09-2006, 09:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,818
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Just fell apart

Hey Impactzone:
I echo what Lee has said... WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE. To hear that your surgery--- your hope that you have been waiting for has been delayed is a VERY traumatic thing. Traumatic for...
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-05-2006, 01:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,062
Posted By CancerDad
Re: cancer dad some questions for you

Hi:
I saw your latest post and am glad that some of my older posts are helpful.

A DRE and occult blood test CAN come back normal IF the benign (or not) condition is NOT acting up and bleeding...
Board: Cancer: Colon 12-03-2006, 05:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 993
Posted By CancerDad
Re: sons check up have questions?

Hi CJ:
It's good to hear from you again. I'm glad to hear that your son is gaining weight, but telling it like it is, his CEA has jumped enough to indicate that something is back... it might NOT be...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-29-2006, 09:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 870
Posted By CancerDad
Alison...how are you holding up?

Hi Alison:

I know I haven't been around as much lately, but I want you to know that I STILL think of all of you as my "other" family! You ALL are truly VERY SPECIAL to me. :)

I wanted to...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-29-2006, 09:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,160
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Update on Husband

Dee:
Great news! Ditto that on the happy (post thanksgiving) holiday and the other December holidays. I celebrate Christmas (my favorite time of the year!!), but I hate to assume that you do. In...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-28-2006, 08:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,100
Posted By CancerDad
Re: To All Of Ruthie's Friends.....

Goody...
I really hope you took my words the way I intended them... not to share ANY bad thoughts or ill will (there wasn't any), but rather to let you and others know just how very special you ALL...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-27-2006, 09:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,100
Posted By CancerDad
Red face Re: To All Of Ruthie's Friends.....

Goody:

I had already known and was EXTREMELY saddened by Ruthie's passing. I was unsure whether I should respect her privacy and not post, or tell all the MANY, MANY people who she helped,...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-27-2006, 07:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,282
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Jeni61

Hi Jeni:
I have been taking a break from the boards... I hope I wasn't missed too badly!! LOL

I just happened to see this message that maybe you are not doing too well and wanted to chime in...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-27-2006, 07:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,164
Posted By CancerDad
Re: To CancerDad

HI GRECHEN!!!

I knew the time was coming near for your surgery and wanted to pop back on the boards to wish you the BEST OF LUCK. I am certain that all will go great and you will have a very...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-14-2006, 08:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,759
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Blood. Please respond.

Angie:
ANY bleeding or change in stool frequency warrants a trip to a Gastroenterologist and a Colonoscopy. It really is NO big deal, you can read others' experiences who had colonoscopies to tell...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-11-2006, 12:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,103
Posted By CancerDad
Re: To CancerDad

Thanks Leslie. Dr. Harpham is actually the doctor who posted her story of survival for Cure magazine's Special Fall edition where her article highlighted the physical challenges or "After/late...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-11-2006, 12:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,940
Posted By CancerDad
Re: 34 year going through tests

I second that... given the fact that you are having bleeding alone warrants a colonoscopy. If you are constipated for a while, there is a good chance that you have a motility issue, and may also...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-10-2006, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,164
Posted By CancerDad
Re: To CancerDad

Grechen:
That is AWESOME news!!! I'm sorry that I didn't respond sooner... I haven't been on the boards that often lately. I am SO psyched that ALL worked out ok, and that your other surgery...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-01-2006, 11:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 734
Posted By CancerDad
Trish2...

I was wondering how your colonoscopy went the other day. When you are ready to share the results, good or bad, I just want you to know that many of us are interested in hearing from you. I'm here,...
Board: Cancer: Colon 11-01-2006, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,103
Posted By CancerDad
Re: To CancerDad

CTP:
I just wanted to thank you for your very kind post. I feel the same as you do about this place being a "special Internet family," where you can post and people JUST UNDERSTAND. Unfortunately,...
Board: Cancer: Colon 10-30-2006, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,235
Posted By CancerDad
Re: strange pains could this be period symptoms

Another symptom I didn't mention is a feeling as though you have not finished going to the bathroom... as if you still have more stool there.

PLEASE... listen to your "gut" no pun intended!!
...
Board: Cancer: Colon 10-29-2006, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,235
Posted By CancerDad
Re: strange pains could this be period symptoms

Hi Christy:
If you have ANY blood, or increased frequency of bowel movements, change in stool consistency... ribbon like or pencil thin, etc. then PLEASE go to a GI and schedule a colonoscopy. ...
Board: Cancer: Colon 10-29-2006, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,096
Posted By CancerDad
Re: please help

Hi:
I had never heard of the product you were using, so I looked it up... your product uses menthol and zinc oxide as active ingredients, and as inactive ingredients DOES list calamine, which is a...
Board: Cancer: Colon 10-29-2006, 08:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,096
Posted By CancerDad
Re: please help

Hi::)
There is a GREAT product that many healthcare workers use on their hands, which become very cracked and sore with all the washing. I found out about this product from one of the nurses after...
Board: Cancer: Colon 10-28-2006, 08:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,874
Posted By CancerDad
Re: What pains or problems are "normal"......

Hi Sherri:
I hope you have gone back and read my posts on the chronic pain I suffer from aggressive radiation, cheomtherapy, and surgery with nerve damage. This was all from my diagnosis of rectal...
Board: Cancer: Colon 10-28-2006, 12:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,435
Posted By CancerDad
Re: 2nd op, bummed, need encouragement

Cats... I had heard their Uro dept is world renowned. and I REALLY Can't say enough good things about my doc there. As for oncs... I also see Dr. Shuster, as our worlds get smaller and smaller. Now...
Board: Cancer: Colon 10-27-2006, 07:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,435
Posted By CancerDad
Re: 2nd op, bummed, need encouragement

Lee:
Evening Primrose Oil is also advocated by many midwives to use internally for stretching tissue... my wife has endometriosis and has had pain for years. It used to be a "sensual" thing we...
Board: Cancer: Colon 10-27-2006, 03:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 30,553
Posted By CancerDad
Re: Did you have rectal pain? and other questions

Trish:
I know you cannot take asipirin or advil or any non-steroidal anti inflammatory because of the colonoscopy Monday. However, please know that this DOES NOT apply to tylenol, which does not...
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