Re: [MOL] colorectal cancer and the side effects ofsurgery,chemo/radiati [02997] Medicine On Line


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



Stuart,
I am a coon cancer survivor Stage IV.  Have you tried metamucil  for the fiber.  It has helped me.  My doc said that I now have "short colon" from the sx and that fiber would help.  gail
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From: BHe1563859@aol.com <BHe1563859@aol.com>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Saturday, August 29, 1998 11:17 PM
Subject: [MOL] colorectal cancer and the side effects of surgery,chemo/radiation therapies


>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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