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    BeckyTice asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Another CT Scan

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      LiveWithCancer

      I'm glad that the squamous cell skin cancer (?) was removed with no issues!

      I would be glad that my doctor was watching my lungs if you have a long-time smoking history (really, even if you didn't since even non-smokers get lung cancer). Lung cancer is a whole lot easier to treat if caught early.

      I'm not really sure what else the doctor who ordered the lung CT scan did that has you upset??? And, I don't know why another lung CT scan is required if you just had one that only showed the one long-time wart?

      8 days ago
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      Do you have an oncologist you trust? I would think that scans every 6-12 months would be in order for you due to your recurrence.

      I am 4 years out from my diagnosis of Stage IV rectal cancer with a met in my lung and 3 years out from last treatment. My oncologist sees me quarterly and does full labs (CBC, blood chemistry, magnesium level to check my kidney function, and CEA) - I have full body scans every six months.

      I'm not sure what schedule I'll be on after 5 years since rectal cancer can recur in the 5-7 year time frame more often than for colon cancer.

      But it is prudent to be followed for 5 years after a recurrence.

      8 days ago
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    CEA & MMJ

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      I have always heard that there are two people that you should always tell the truth to - your doctors and your lawyers - neither can fully do their job without knowing EVERYTHING - if you're smoking MMJ, then it might affect your CEA there aren't any studies because the FDA does not allow studies on cannabis oil so no one knows what it does or doesn't do.

      If your CEA has been steady since diagnosis, you might be one of those people where CEA is not predictive of recurrences.

      I'd rather have a doctor who is proactive to make sure than the other way around. Best wishes - I'd tell my doctor if it were me.

      16 days ago
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      I would tell him. I know one time I was going to Colorado for my sons wedding and my doctor ordered fluids if I could find a hospital near by. He felt it would help me. I joked why not give me medical marijuana instead. I was kidding with him, but when I returned he said did you or didn’t you. I laughed and said no but he did say if I had he would rather I digest it than smoke it. Didn’t ask and not sure why. So I would be safe and tell him.

      16 days ago
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      I think you are hindering your doctor by not giving full disclosure. It is not your doctor's job to judge you, but to treat you. If he or she doesn't know what you might be doing to hinder (or help) treatments, it makes his job far more difficult.

      16 days ago
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