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    CancerChicky asked a questionMalignant Mesothelioma

    Who has had a Peg tube? Isn't it supposed to be different from a feeding tube down the throat?

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      carm

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse. The tube down the throat is called a nasogastric tube or an NG tube. The peg tube is also called a feedingvtube and it isnt that long. It is inserted thru thecskin directly into the stomach. It is for nutritional tube feedings when it is difficult to swallow. I hope this clarifies.

      5 days ago
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      BobbyZ

      I've not had one, but it has been talked about as a possible thing if I lose too much weight.

      5 days ago
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      andreacha

      I had a peg tube for 7 weeks after my surgery. It didn't bother me in any way. However, make sure that the tube is collapsible which would mean a painless extraction. I was in a huge Atlanta hospital in 2006 when collapsible tubes were on the market. Prior to leaving rehab a Dr. came to remove it. He looked at it and he immediately warned me that it was not collapsible and would be extremely painful to remove . It took my breath away. I'd rather have 10 children than to have that done again. Hope this helps.

      5 days ago
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    CancerChicky asked a questionMalignant Mesothelioma

    Are you happy with your doctors and your treatment plan or are you just accepting it due to lack of resources.....

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      JaneA

      Those of us who live in rural area face special challenges. I live in rural GA, but my medical team provided me care exactly to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for my Stage IV rectal cancer. Those are the same guidelines that the urban cancer centers follow.

      Here's the link to a free download to treatment guidelines. https://www.nccn.org/patients/guidelines/cancers.aspx

      Trust is such an important part of our treatment. But our connection with our doctor is also important. Perhaps you could get a second opinion from a larger hospital and like, Mariam said, they could work with your local doctor. Best wishes. Cancer is more difficult in rural KS or rural GA.

      7 days ago
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      Bengal

      I do live in a rural area with a small oncology care center attached to the local hospital. They have connections to a big regional medical center hours away but we basically have two medical oncologist, one specializing in breast cancer, one a hemotologist, then the one radiology oncologist. Not many choices unless one wants to travel many miles. We seem to have a big turnover with doctors. You just get comfortable with the person and they're gone and you have to start over with a complete stranger. Continuity of treatment is so important to a patient 's well-being. I start with a brand new person this month so will see how it goes. I like the convenience of being treated locally but sometimes question the quality of care.

      7 days ago
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      BuckeyeShelby

      I've always said, ya gotta click w/your doctor. Going in to my first appt w/the gynecological surgical oncologist, I sat in the waiting room, fretting because I should have been seeing a doctor at the big cancer center in town. I calmed myself down, saying that's why they made 2nd opinions. Then I met my surgeon. Little ol' guy reached across the desk, shook my hand and said, "It's nice to meet you. I'm sorry you're here." Click! I didn't find out he was the head of oncology until after surgery. Didn't care. I stayed w/him until he retired about 4 years ago. Left off w/that practice following me with his replacement because I didn't need a 16 yr old who had met me twice looking down at me, with her size 2 bod, telling me I needed bariatric surgery. Missie, you don't know me. You've spent maybe 15 minutes with me. How do you know that I'm psychologically fit to go there? I don't think I am. I was done with that practice. I still have my medical oncologist (the chemo guy) following me 7 yrs later.

      7 days ago
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    CancerChicky asked a questionMalignant Mesothelioma

    I just watched on the news that Alex Trebeck is done with chemo treatments for pancreatic cancer.

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      BuckeyeShelby

      He seems like such a good guy. And whether it's someone we see on TV, someone we know personally or someone online, it's great to hear they are doing well. You go, Alex! You go!

      18 days ago
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      JaneA

      I believe that they did very strong chemo. Now they will closely monitor him with scans. He is such a likeable person that all of us hope that he will get to "fulfill his contract."

      18 days ago
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      Dawsonsmom

      I am truly amazed at Alex!! Pancreatic cancer is generally very advanced by the time you have symptoms and the treatment is usually grueling!! He is a Superhero!! I sure hope he beats this!! I’ve been a Jeopardy Fan since the Art Fleming and Don Pardo days but really love Alex!! So, so smart!!

      about 9 hours ago