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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.

      26 days 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.

      26 days 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.

      25 days ago
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    I have to have another one done, I hate them each time. Do you have any tips to make them a little more bearable?

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      BarbarainBham

      If the prep is the part you hate, tell the nurse who gives you the prescription what your problem is, such as can you take the mildest prep or take just part of the dose, whatever fits your situation. They know which prep is mildest.

      25 days ago
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    StegalMan asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    FYI Symptoms of colon cancer you should all be aware of. We have to watch for other types of cancer than what we start with.

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      myb

      I had normal bowel movements, and no anemia when I was diagnosed with colon cancer from my colonoscopy at 50. The blood tests done after the colonoscopy had a normal CEA. I was diagnosed with stage 3b from surgery. Happiness is that I am coming up on my 6 year cancerversary and am an advocate for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to raise awareness about the importance of your colonoscopy at 50!

      30 days ago
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      Jayne

      It's a crazy sneaky disease. I had no symptoms either, good article, thanks for posting.

      30 days ago
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      Skyemberr

      I was told I had hemorrhoids and the doctor wanted to send me to biofeedback.... I was really lucky I made her do a digital exam.
      It's a very sneaky disease.

      27 days ago