Re: [MOL] colorectal cancer and the side effects of surgery, chemo/radia [02970] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] colorectal cancer and the side effects of surgery, chemo/radiation therapies



Dear Stuart,

YOu have come to a forum of the best caregivers and survivors. There are
many here that will publically and/or privately support you or present
some of the answers that you seek. So, welcome.

The following are just the beginning of what we perceive and experience
to be the basics for a wellness program.

First off pls seek out the 2nd an 3rd opinions that will provide you
with more information about agressive and updated treatments.

Seek a good immune therapy program to boost the immune system. There are
a few good programs that are complete and comprehensive in this 
country.

Seek and belong to a good positive/informational support group.

Try to find purpose for living,...say hobbies, enjoyment, being around
those that love and care for you and can make you laugh.

Read the following books that will provide you with hope, understanding,
ideas, further guidelines to getting over this disease.

1-Dr. Bernie Siegels "Love, Medicine and Miracles
2-Dr. Carl Simontons "The Healing Journey"
3-Anne Frahms "Cancer Battle Plan"
4-Greg Andersons "50 Essential Thing

BHe1563859@aol.com wrote:
> 
> Sept 14 will be three years since I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal
> cancer.  Surgery was performed by Kenneth Eng at NYU Medical Center, NYC-on
> Oct. 19, 1995.  Dec. 1995 chemotherapy commenced for 6 months, along with an
> intensive 6 week period of radiation, during Feb/Mar 1996.  The upshot of my
> experience has resulted in Impotence and Irritable bowels. I often soil myself
> at the most unsuspecting times and occasions.  My physicans have been less
> than candid with me as it relates to what I might have expected as a result of
> my situation.  I have asked my Docs and other mental health folks, but todate
> I have not been successful in identifying a colorectal survivor support group.
> I realize that I may be rambling a bit, however, I feel that I've been pretty
> much on my own in all of this, notwithstanding that my fiancee became my wife
> during this ordeal. In truth, we have not enjoyed intimacy or sex. I need to
> find answers to questions as it relates to my emotional/phsycological issues,
> impotence and bowels conditions (can nerve damage from radiation treatment be
> corrected-nerve regeneration?). I participated in the Viagra trials, but I
> experienced adverse effects. Perhaps someone-a patient, a survivor, a
> physican, etc.-can contact me at SGH@Berkeley.Org with some answers,
> direction, etc.  Thanks and best regards for a speedy, healthy and full
> recovery. Stuart in NYC.
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