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    Surviving Rectal Cancer, chemo and radiotherapy.

    hello, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Rectal Cancer in 2010. I had radiotherapy and chemo therapy prior to surgery. I then had my surgery and temp. illiostomy, followed by more chemo.I had my reversal procedure the same year in Dec. 2010.
    Am willing to help others get through this journey.
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    Hazel Rayner

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    is there anyone else in australia that wants to talk about what happens after you are diagnosed with rectal cancer. How long it takes to get bowel control stablized.
    I find imodium, benefibre and diet a big balancing act

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    Hazel Rayner

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    this all sounds good in theory, but I had my rectum removed and DO have to take Imodiom nearly every time i have a bowel movement . This allows the bowel to remove some of the water out of the stool.This alsow stops dehydration and firms up the stool. So for me it is the only way to survive.

  • Glass Pen

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    Hi, I'm uber natural so prefer to steer cl;ear of pharma. I take psyllium husks. Or lots of bananas… it's a gentle alternative ;)

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    Glass Pen

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    Hi all,
    I'm joining thiss chat rather late in the day…
    How is everyone? .
    I'm 39 yr old female and my cancer story is…Diagnosed T3N2 rectal cancer 30/09/13
    6 weeks neo-adjuvant chemo/radio chemo>1300mg daily Xeloda Mon-Fri
    Laparoscopic lower anterior resection with ileostomy 08/04/14
    4 months adjuvant chemo>4000mg daily Xeloda 2 weeks on, 1 week off (just started adjuvant 19/05/14)So I'm still very much still on the journey.
    So is everyone still alive and kicking?

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    Hazel Rayner

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    hi Elke, In 2010 I was  diagnosed with Rectal Cancer, very close to my anus, it was aggressive T3,N2. I had radiotherapy for 6 weeks, during this 6 weeks I had a bottle attatched via pic line, with 24/7 5FU which i had changed every week. Then a month later,I  had my bowel recetion,removing by rectum and gall bladder and have a temp. illiostomy.Amonth after that i had 5 months of chemo,being 5 days on 5FU and somthing else i forget its name. then a month after that I had my Heartmens reversed and got the BAG removed.
    It has been a long fight BUT I am still here. I do have Shingles at the moment so am feeling sorry for my self . But I will get through this as well. My doctors have told me they will never tell me I am in remission. This is something I just have to live with.
    Hang in there and just go one step at atime, day by day, or hour by hour , just go easy on your self. regards. mistyhaze

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    Glass Pen

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    Hi mistyhaze :) lovey to meet you!! It looks like we have tres similar stories.
    You have shingles? Is that cancer/treatment related?? I don't know much about shingles at all.
    You're not in remission? They didn't get it all via the resection then?
    Would you say it still affects you today?

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