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  •  Definitely, the smaller the stage number (5+ / 0-)

    the less advanced the cancer is, and generally the better off you are. I don't know the system well enough to say more than that myself, other than that various kinds have some slight differences in the terminology of staging.

    A month in the hospital, though, is no picnic. Nor is an obstructed colon. Lucky indeed that you made it through that. I'm glad you did and that you're here now to tell the tale.

    It's interesting to me to learn that people with colon cancer get these protracted infusions. I've heard about it from other folks with it. I can't recall that being standard for any other kind of cancer. Seems awkward as all get-out, but no complaints as long as it works, right?

    Relaxing in the spring sun is just about the best kind of rest I can think of. Sounds like a great thing to look forward to! The time to get out the summer yard furniture will be here before we know it.

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    by peregrine kate on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:00:51 PM PST

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    •  The therapy is called FOLFOX (2+ / 0-)

      It's a three-drug cocktail, with some added bonuses.

      They way it worked for me, I'd show up at the Chem Lab, they would hook me up to some saline, then run two kinds of steroids into me for anti-nausea.

      Then it was the Oxaliplatin (AKA "Satan's Drool").  I too had the temperature effects, and what I started calling "Darth Vader Throat".  That bothered me the most, I was reduced to sipping warm water for pretty much the entire 6 months.

      Once that was all run in, then I got a bolus of Fleurouracil, or "5"FU", followed by more of the same on a 46-hour infusion pump.

      This would seem to be the "standard" treatment for colon cancers.

      •  Huh. That is quite a system. (0+ / 0-)

        The platinum-based chemos are intense, but no chemo is a walk in the park. The other one I had was doxorubicin, or Adriamycin, which is a super-duper antibiotic with major risks of heart damage at some point down the road. I would have felt better about my chemo had it worked! But I can't really complain since I'm in NED status now anyway.
        I hope that you also keep getting good reports with each check-up.

        Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

        by peregrine kate on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 07:24:55 PM PST

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