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questions about fullforce chemo and acaiberry

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I had stage 3 colorectal cancer diagnosed in may 2006. Had radiation and chemo then surgery which included an ostomy then adjuvant chemo of fullfox. I just returned from my oncologist on Tuesday. I have two lymph nodes in my groin area that have shown up on my pet scan. My cea number has increased from 29 in aug. to 47. The treatment plan is to have surgery to remove the lymph nodes then do fullforce chemo.(I think it was called fullforce) Can anyone tell me anything about this treatment? Also several people have sworn by the use of Mona-vie the acaiberry does anyone have any information on this and can you do both at the same time?

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Dear kbjohn4,

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The American Cancer Society provides credible medical and nutritional information both at cancer.org and through the National Cancer Information Center (1-800-227-2345) 24 hours a day. You may want to call us and talk to our cancer information specialists that are available around the clock. They may provide you with information about acai berries. Please, remember to consult with your health provider before trying any alternative treatment that may affect your current treatment.

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I sent you an e-mail also. The onc might have said fulfox but I totally understand not being able to process all the information. I know I had to write my questions down before my first visit. I typed them up and left space for the oncs answers. I would even say take someone to the next visit to help you remember things. It is so much to process once you get the dx of cancer. I'm a stage 3 survivor and in Dec. it will be 3 yrs since dx. Even call the onc back and ask him what regime he meant. Did he give you any brochures? I know I got a few of those at my first visit. HUGS and post when you find out.

Lisa F

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The National Cancer Institute defines "folfox" to be "An abbreviation for a type of combination chemotherapy that is used to treat colorectal cancer. It includes fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin." (See http://www.cancer.gov/templates/db_alpha.aspx?CdrID=346521) Folfox is a standard treatment used in conventional medicine. Acai berry, on the other hand, is a folk remedy, and the Sloan-Kettering website (http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/69109.cfm) comments "Acai has not been proven to be effective for cancer in humans. Due to its antioxidant effects, acai may interfere with the actions of certain chemotherapy drugs."

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