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    How many colonoscopies have you had?

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      KB2013

      Bug, sorry you have UC and am wishing you a very good report on your upcoming colonoscopy.

      22 days ago
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      alivenwell

      Four colonoscopies.. I skipped one at age 55. Big mistake!! Cancer showed up one year later because a friend at a health seminar nagged me to get tested. There were no symptoms.

      13 days ago
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      Thank you, KB2013!

      13 days ago
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    I am up for another colonoscopy this week. I got my "prep kit". Does anyone else need this?

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      SandiA

      Thank you biga17133, it did. The last colonoscopy I was awake and very much aware of everything. For some reason I did not go to sleep. So this time i said I will go to sleep. So they involved the anesthesiologist team and I slept. Much better experience

      24 days ago
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      Skyemberr

      Yep... especially when I had the ileostomy. sounds strange but it is true.

      24 days ago
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      abrub

      If you can afford it, get a bidet toilet seat - worth its weight in gold! (And during colonoscopy prep, worth its weight in diamonds!) Gentle warm water wash means you only need tp to dab dry (unless you have the patience to let the dryer dry you!) I've had one for 5 years - never going to be without!

      23 days ago
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    StegalMan asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Has your oncology team used the term "personalized Medicine" about your treatments?

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      BarbarainBham

      I haven't heard the term "personalized medicine," but my chemo is "targeted," as referred to in the article.

      You could call around and to find a doctor's office that is familiar with that and get a second opinion. Also here's a list of NIH National Cancer Institute-associated cancer centers by state:
      https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find#Florida

      If you don't live close to one on the list, usually medical schools have the newest treatments. Best wishes.

      4 months ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      Because i attend lots of conferences and do a fair amount of reading, the term "personalized medicine" is very familiar to me. I don't believe that my oncologist has ever used those specific words to me, but you could be getting personalized medicine anyway.

      At least for lung cancer, there are so many different mutations. Some respond to one drug while others respond to something else. Doctors do testing for these mutations and, based on results, may be able to prescribe targeted therapy drugs rather than broad spectrum chemo.

      In general, targeted therapy drugs work better and do far less harm to healthy cells since they are only attacking the malignancy.

      To be honest, it raises a huge red flag to me that your treatment center hasnt integrated it into their system. It makes no sense not to.

      4 months ago
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      They are just starting to use terms like that with me. We are looking for clinical trials and the doctor is running micro satellite instability tests to look even more closely at my mutation.

      It didn't matter much during the phase when I was getting the standard treatment, which I would have had either way, but it matters now. At this point the genetic tests will matter a lot.

      A day is coming when it will be the first and most important thing they check.

      4 months ago
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