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    Opdivo for colon cancer?

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      rdsd

      My onc was considering it but it appears to only be working for those that have microsatellite instability (MSI). I am MSS (stable) and a majority of colon cancer patients are as well. ---

      8 days ago
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      geekling

      My goodness. I had to look up MSI & MSS. I must say I am a bit daunted that doctors are so quickly talking about genetic mutability when I am still against genetic modification of my food, nevermind my body.

      8 days ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      Doctors are finding many specific treatments based on genetic mutations of the tumors. I knew lung cancer survivors should have their tumors tested for genetic mutations. I wasn't aware that it was important for other tumors as well. There are some drugs that work great for certain mutations and not at all against other mutations. It is awesome that researchers are discovering which drugs destroy or control which tumors. Targeted therapy drugs are usually way less destructive to the good cells and, therefore, are much easier on the patient.

      7 days ago
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    I'm looking for some information for my Dad. He was just diagnosed with lung cancer.

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      I work in insurance. One of our employer groups is a city's fire fighters. There is a long list of ailments that need to investigated to see if the claims really are workers comp instead of just regular old medical claims. Heart issues and cancers are a couple on that list. Workers comp laws differ from state to state (I was also once a workers comp claims adjuster...), but if your dad has not looked into it, I'd suggest he ask his doctors if it could be work related. In Ohio, if a claim like this is considered workers comp, the patient pays NOTHING. And if he is still working but the disease forces him off the job, there would be compensation for lost wages (only a percentage, but better than nothing!). Again, these laws vary by state, so you'll have to do some investigation. I hope this information is helpful. PS -- as a WC claims adjuster, I did have a couple of mesothelioma claims, a silicosis claim (caused by silicon instead of asbestos) and a leukemia claim.

      3 months ago
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      I've heard of more possibility of lung cancer, but not so much other cancers. But who knows.
      There are many new treatments now and people living longer with LC. I have a family of firefighters and the younger ones are better equipped than in the past. My father and uncle were both firefighters and now my nephew is. None have had cancer.
      Both the older men had respiratory issues but my nephew is fine as they don't walk around at a fire site anymore without wearing masks or if they're fighting the fire, the breathing apparatus.
      Take care, Judy

      3 months ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      This link showed up on my FB page:
      http://blog.dana-farber.org/insight/2017/02/firefighters-and-cancer-dana-farber-scientists-investigate/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebookresearchnews

      I didn't read the report.

      3 months ago
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    If you would like to support the American Cancer Society at absolutely no cost to you, just shop on Amazon through this link

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      I have recently done that. You don't even know that you are doing anything differently, other than the notice you get saying thank you. It's an easy thing, just click on that amazon smile link you posted, then go shopping at Amazon.

      5 months ago
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    StegalMan asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Radiation machine down again

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      BoiseB

      During my 10 weeks of Radiation, it was down only twice. There was only about an hour delay. We were told we could either wait or reschedule for the next day. The next time it broke down we were told we could come back the next day or they could work us in at another facility later that day. Also I have been rerouted due to CT-scan problems. Fortunately my medical center has nearby facilities.

      6 months ago
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      BoiseB

      Oh the first time it broke down; it broke down when I was sitting in the waiting room in the hospital gown obviously, I opted to wait.

      6 months ago
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      SandiA

      Yes mine did a few times. But each time I was in the machine and they got it working again. The last day it broke and I was in the machine and they had to manually pull me out. I didn't know whether I laugh or cry so I laughed. Since it was my last day I waited around and they got it fixed in time to have treatment before I had to leave for oher appointments. The doctor said they would wait for me or come back, but I didn't want them to have to stay late for me. So it all worked out with. They wanted to make my last day memorable.

      6 months ago
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