I was first diagnosed with colon cancer on July 15th 2004, a day I will always remember. At first I was devestated and thought I would be dead in 6 months. A week later I met with my surgeon and he told me he was going to cure me. After that meeting I felt much better. I have since had a rollercoster ride through the world of cancer treatment. My cancer has been in my lungs a lymph node in my chest and trachea, my right adrenal gland and now uit may be back in my lungs. All of this and I have managed to survive and continue on with my life. Over the years I have learned alot about cancer treatments and had a lot of them my self. I have learned to be my own advocate in the process and have become an integral part ofg my treatment team making miost of the crutial decisions as which treatments to use myself with the inputrs and recommendations from all of the Drs. I foubnd the following things I think are the most important to survival:
1. Realize that Cancer is not a deathe scentance, it can be beat and people berat it every day. Even if the odds look long there are always people in percentage that make it and I choose to be in that percentage. I have hit the 5% end of the probability 5 times in a row so it can be done.
2. Remain positive. No one can be positive all of the time all you have to be is positive more than you are negitive. Find something that can change your outlook when you get down like talking to peiople here on WhatNext or what ever works for you. Tell your Drs that your goal is to become cancer free evetually and that you do not plan to give up untuil you get there.
3. Ask lots of questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question. You have a right to understand what is happening to you and know why a Dr recommends one treatment over another. Often Drs tend not to think of new or different treatment alternatives unl3ess asked so ask and make thiem think your case through. I am well beyound any standare treatment so my Drs are making it up as they go so they have to think creatively. You need to get them to think creatively.
4. Do your own homework and research about your cancer and what treatments are available. This goes hand in hand with number three so that you can ask the appropriate questions. You have to know what to ask. you can start with resources like WhatNext and asking people here about thier treatments and what they considersed. You can also use the internet; however, be sure that you know how good the information you find is. Does it come from a reputable source? Is there scientific data behind it? Avoid falling for the promise of a quick and easy cure. Look for second opinions when necessary or when you feel you need it. No Dr should be threatened by a patient seeking a secone opinion. A good place to get a second opinion is a cancer research center or research hospital that will have access to the latest treatments and if necessary trial treatments. The more people you have on your team the better.
All of these recomnedations will work for any cancer not just colon cancer so anyone can use them. Now all you have to do is get into the fight and beat the cancer!!!!!!!!!