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Have to postpone chemo.

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lp1964
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I was gonna start my 6 rounds of folfox this Monday, but my belly button is not healing well. I have this continuous discharge coming out. The surgeon says that a piece of skin is dying and it has to peal off. But it feels like that this clear yellow liquid is coming from the layers of skin about the size of a quarter. I'm been treated by a visiting nurse every other day, but it's not getting better. I called the surgeon and next week I have to go back and currette out the area. It's no big deal and it's not infected,but I have postpone the chemo, because that may slow down the healing even more.

Otherwise doing ok,can sit more and more even drive short distances. A little tired of being sore and sick. It has been 6 months after all. But every day is a better day, so at least we are moving in the right direction.

Laz

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Trubrit
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Healing thoughts are on their way, Laz. 

I'm sure your wound will heal once they get it checked out. 

I can't believe your driving. Thats great news, you are moving along. 

hippiechicks
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Hope things resolve soon and treatments can begin.  Getting them done and all this hopefully behind you.  You have been through a lot.

I too am shocked you are able to drive!! How awesome is that! Wow!!

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for this to pass quickly.

 

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karguy
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I hope your sore heals quickly so you can start chemo.Congratulations on the driving,thats a big step.Sending prayers your way.

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emma_s
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Do whatever needs to be done, Laz. You don't want the healing process to interfere with the chemo.
Hope everything will be fine soon.
 
By the way, what about a chemosensitivity test that you've done after surgery, is it ready yet? Would they use it for your chemo treatment?
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lp1964
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...perform the chemo sensitivity test because there was no living cancer cells in the specimen thanks God. So we just go with the usual Folfox. I still believe that test is a great idea especially for those that are running out of options. 

I have an appointment tomorrow to clean out my belly button and I'm hoping to start the chemo in two weeks. 

Laz

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tanstaafl
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Hey Laz, how much vitamin C and D are you are taking?  This is one reason why I worked hard to get IV vitamin C  into my wife every day for 1.5-3 weeks following surgery - no problems, remarkable tissue fusion. Ordinary along with supernutrition for various wound healing supplements like zinc, niacin/niacinamide, amino chelated magnesium, glucosamine, whey protein, B100, etc. When our bodies have to overcome surgical infection and rebuild tissues, (IV) vitamin C is the real deal.   

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lp1964
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...at the recommended doses. Plus calcium magnesium. I eat a lot of fruits and healthy generally. 

All my wounds are well healed but because the took my right abdominal muscle as a flap the belly button had to be relocated and that's where I have the problem. 

Laz

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tanstaafl
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Hope you're doing fine but... I specifically asked about vitamin C and D because their levels at/below classical deficiency thresholds are so common in CRC pathologies.  I can't tell you how many CSN CRC members have been grossly vitamin D deficient even in southern California, say 2-12 ng/mL at 1-3x RDA+sunshine, and required 6,000 - 15,000 iu even 20,000 iu per day to achieve  blood levels at minimal sufficiency, not optimal or therapeutic levels.   Likewise, actual blood measurements of vitamin C, following surgery or the histaminic patients, will usually be low at RDA.    There is nothing scientifically controversial about actual blood level deficiencies, much less hocus pocus. 

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traci43
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Laz - I had a spot on my incision that opened up, it was where I had a drip for pain meds.  I was leaking so badly that clear yellow fluid you mentioned that I went to the Dr and they started packing it.  I ended up having it packed for almost a month and started chemo well before it was over.  I think the only drug I didn't get until it was healed was Avastin because that prevents blood vessels from growing. 

You might want to double check with your Dr. about getting chemo without avastin.  Good luck however it goes!  Traci

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