I wrote a couple of weeks ago about being nervous about my first meeting with the oncologist. Couldn't believe the response I got. I want to thank every one of you for answering back, you helped me so much!
Some of you wanted more details, so here goes: Have stage 3 with one of seven lymph nodes involved. The cancer was obstructing the colon and through the muscular layer into the fatty tissue of the abdomen. They took out 13" of colon with clear margins. NO signs of cancer anywhere else.
I felt pretty good about everything until my teeth started acting up. I had tooth trouble all my life and last Sunday my bridge broke out. The dentist told me that two more are becoming abscessed, so now I'm scheduled to have them all pulled tomorrow. Talk about heading for your second childhood in a hurry! No teeth and potential hair loss (starting to feel like a baby).
After these news I proceeded to have a complete melt-down, too many bad news at once. It took a few days to get things back into perspective, but I'm ok for now.
The oncologist has scheduled me for chemo starting 3-10-04. I will get Oxaliplatin, 5 FU and Leucovorin. If any of you know about this combination, let me know. I read the side effects and this has me very scared. We live in a rural area, 50 miles from the Cancer Center and I have only my 16 year old daughter and a friend here who can help me if I get sick. (My husband is a truck driver and gone for 4 wks at a time). So let me know when I should get concerned and call for help.
Thanks again for all the help!