alivenwell's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 61

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    • alivenwell
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The incredible cost of this is absolutely wild. The side effects of FOLFOX did not include nausea for me; but rather sensitivity to anything cold or bright light. I dimmed my computer screen and /or wore sun glasses. I also wore layers of clothing to stay warm. As of 2013, chemo has taken away cancer for me. Not quite NED for 5 years.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Vision side effects

    Side Effects

    I experienced sensitivity to anything very cold and bright lights; even normal lights. I later found out that the glaucoma eye pressure went from a normal to extremely high level after treatment. Eye surgery was done on both eyes that saved my vision. Not sure if it's related to Folfox.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    I have had anemia for many years prior to cancer and have been taking iron on the side. With that in place, my blood count was normal. On the 2nd treatment, the count dropped a lot below a normal range. Wondered if anybody knew of a way to pick this back up.

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    • alivenwell
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    about 3 years ago
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    colonoscopy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Follow up to cancer diagnosis. No polyps were found.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • alivenwell
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    about 3 years ago
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    CAT Scan

    Procedure or Surgery

    This was a scan of both the upper and lower body. I drank one quart of juice that allowed the machine to detect highly active cells indicative of cancer cell growth. No cancer was detected.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • alivenwell
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    about 3 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Cancer is not detected anymore with CEA blood tests, CT Scan and colonoscopy. Hair grew back, too.

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    • alivenwell
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Looking into what vitamins, supplements, medical drugs, procedures help minimize or eliminate this side effect. After treatment was over with Folfox, I am taking 100 % vitamin B6.

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