Jul 07, 2005 - 5:35 pm
Hi all - my name is Betsy. I've been reading this board the last couple of weeks and thought I would announce myself and ask for any thoughts you all have.
I was diagnosed on 5/23 following a colonoscopy. Turns out I am stage 4 - 1 "very tiny" met to the liver. I had colon surgery on 6/7 and just started back to work this week. I'm still tired although this is improving. I'm doing a much better job maintaining the proverbial "positive attitude" than I ever would have imagined. Both my surgeon and my oncologist are very positive about the potential for a good outcome (and for now I am going to concentrate on that and now "borrow trouble" - as my mother says).
My chemo will begin on 7/18 and I am curious to hear from others on the same protocol.
I'll be on oxaliplatin (every 21 days), Avastin (every 21 days) and oral Xeloda (twice a day for two weeks followed by 1 week off). Anyone else on this same protocol? I've read things here about the individual drugs but would love to hear from anyone on this combination. And if on this combination, is your cycle 21 days? Or 14?
Thanks all. You sound like a great group and - given the circumstances - I am glad I found you.
P.S. Have you all found that surgery significantly suppressed your appetite? One of my symptoms prior to diagnosis was a somewhat reduced appetite, but since surgery it has been really significant - noticeable by anyone, not just by me. Thx again.