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    cmcelroy asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    enlarged lymph nodes

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      Easier said than done, but try not to worry. Enlarged lymph nodes could be from a stomach flu or an infection. I'm praying for good results. Keep us posted.

      over 2 years ago
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      Thank you, that's what the doctor said also, but of course our minds go immediately to it's back

      over 2 years ago
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      True what @GolfGirl says, easier said than done, but she's right, try not to worry over it. I would worry more if I didn't have the scan. There are lots of reasons the lymph nodes could be swollen. I am reminded of this everytime I go to the doctor with a sore spot under my arm or neck. I hope it's nothing, we will be having "happy and clean scan" thoughts for you.

      over 2 years ago
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    You are around the same age as my husband. He was diagnosed in August, 2012 with Stage IIIA as well. He finishes his last chemo treatment next week. Just wondering if you could give me any information what tests you've done since you were finished.

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    cmcelroy wrote on IKickedIt's wall

    My husband was diagnosed Stage IIIA same as you in August. He had 9" of his colon removed, the tumor did not grow outside the colon and he had 1 out of 25 lymph nodes affected. He his halfway thru his chemo treatments. He receives an IV once every 3 weeks and then is on 2 weeks of chemo pills, then a week off. He has been doing pretty well with treatments, does get fatigued easily. After his IV for about 5 days, he can't drink anything cold, it burns his mouth, has to be at room temperature. My question is, what can we expect after he is finished with treatments? Follow up etc? How long have you been cancer free?

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      I finished my chemo treatments a year ago (end of October), although it sounds like your husband has a different treatment. I had treatments every two weeks and it was a 3-hour infusion and then a 46-hour portable pump of 5FU. I had lots of lovely side effects; yes, fatigue being one of them and various versions of neuropathy.

      He will have to wait 4-6 weeks after the end of his treatment to have a colonoscopy (the colon needs time to recover from the chemo drugs - I was so disappointed, I was ready to go the day after I finished my last treatment!) and PET scan. I had my tests last December and was declared NED (no evidence of disease) or "cancer-free." I have continued to see my oncologist every three months.

      I am having my one-year follow-up PET scan on Wednesday. Originally, they had recommended waiting 2-3 years for my next colonoscopy, but unfortunately, I am a polyp-producing person (a PPP - LOL!), and they found another polyp, benign thank goodness, so they are now recommending 18-24 months, which will be some time next year.

      Unfortunately, I have spent this entire year visiting many doctors as chemo caused a lot of damage. I have a lot of lingering side effects, including nerve damage to my vestibular nerve (the balance center, so I have really poor balance and have been going to PT for the past 4 months), the nerves in my feet, down the right side of my body which has resulted in muscle atrophy and drop foot, resulting in a variety of broken bones in my foot.

      What they don't tell you is that it ain't over when it's over. I hope your husband will not have any lingering side effects, or that they will resolve quickly. I'm grateful every minute of every day to be alive and a proud survivor, but it has been frustrating to still be struggling with side effects more than a year later.

      Good luck and keep in touch!

      over 4 years ago