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    I'm still waiting for Spring. It's still cold and raining here. Some warm weather will go a long way to making me feel so much better.

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    hoosierboy asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Lymph nodes showing up on a CT scan and the doctor says they are "nothing"?

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      po18guy

      Cold and flu season is still here (remember those?). Anyway, the location of those nodes might make a difference. How long since last scan? Was your CRC localized, or had it spread? And, what does he mean by nodes showing up?

      What I'm thinking: First, call for a more detailed explanation. If no good, call for another doctor - at another facility. It's your life and you are your own advocate.

      4 months ago
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      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and there are many reasons why you might see a lymph node on a CT scan. They are the garbage bins of the immune system. Whenever anything foreign is found in the body they are brought to the lymph nodes and marked for destruction so @po18guy is correct in that the flu season is winding down. There are many bacteria in the gut and abdomen that could have caused this. If you are concerned, request a PET scan to rule out any progression. Best of luck to you

      3 months ago
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      11 years ago my PCP was consulted about a couple of lymph nodes that swelled up in my neck. From my previous diagnoses, I knew that the definitive answer for it was going to come from a needle biopsy. I asked for one then, that day. He said, "no, we need a CT scan, that will tell me all I need to know about it". My insurance won't pay for an outpatient CT Scan, so, after wasting about 4500.00 the results came back as non-impressive, or something like that. And "nothing to worry about. But I wanted more, so Next, we did the needle biopsy that I wanted to start with, that confirmed squamous cell carcinoma. All doctors are not created equal, some were top of their class and go-getters, brilliant young doctors, others were just their because their parents made them go to be a doctor and they finished at the bottom of the class. I've had both, but I will no longer put up with the latter.

      3 months ago
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    hoosierboy asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Cancer retreat trips, to get away from it all for a few days.

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      po18guy

      How ironic to go on a cancer retreat to forget about cancer. Kinda like trying not to think of a pink rabbit. Having said that, such retreats can be very valuable to share your journey and hear the journeys of others. Some down time, change of scenery, R&R or just lazing around can often work wonders.

      8 months ago
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      GregP_WN

      One of our survivor members @ticklingcancer went to the Reel to Recovery camp several years ago and said that it was fantastic. I agree with Po that these would be very good for a patient or survivor. Sometimes it helps certain people to see that they are doing OK and comparing their own cancer journey to someone else can show them that maybe they aren't in as bad of shape as they thought. Give it a try and let us know how it works out!

      8 months ago
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    hoosierboy asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Has your voice changed after having chemo and radiation?

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      GregP_WN

      For sure. Mine turned into a gravely sounding voice and sometimes none at all. I lost it a few months ago for a week or so. Nothing but a whisper. For the last couple of years, it's been a coin toss each day as to whether I would have a voice that day or not.

      10 months ago
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      po18guy

      It's the steroids. 4+ years on them and every morning, I sound like Lee Marvin. At least I'm a guy. DW wishes that my voice was the only thing that changed.

      10 months ago