Feb 29, 2004 - 9:41 am
Hi, I have been reading this forum for several months and am impressed by the support and positive energy that is displayed here. I was diagnosed with colon cancer, Stage 3, in October 2003. I had a resection and they found 3 out of 31 lymph nodes that were positive. The unusual thing was that the cancer was confined to my polyp. My oncologist told me that this was not the usual order of things. It usually will go to the intestinal wall before going to lymph nodes.
I had no obvious sign of anything being wrong other than continual constipation. My family doctor was unconcerned each year when I would mention this at my annual exam. He reassured me that it was IBS! This year when I mentioned it again, he grabbed his pad to write a prescription that is new for IBS! That was when I put my foot down and demanded an appointment with a specialist. One polyp was found during my colonoscopy. I have recovered from my surgery and am half way through my treatment.... the Folfox regimen. I have few side effects, but I think that by taking Emend prior to receiving Oxaliplatin is very helpful. I am 53 and had just retired from 30 years of teaching elementary school. This has set back my retirement plans a little, but I should finish my chemo by the end of May. I have lost about half of my hair so I choose to wear a wig. I understand that most people do not lose hair with this treatment. I only fill my mind with positive thoughts. I have changed my diet, giving up sugar, and trying to eat anti-cancer foods each day. I think it is imperative that we are our own advocates in treating this disease. I know I would still have my cancerous polyp inside me if I had listened to my former primary care doctor. My oncologist is wonderful and will discuss alternative ideas with me, but he will never suggest anything other than chemicals in my treatment. I am blessed with wonderful insurance. I understand that some do not approve Emend or Kytril, due to their costs.