Colon Cancer Support Group

Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. Many colorectal cancers are thought to arise from mushroom-like growths that are usually benign, but some may develop into cancer over time. The majority of the time, the diagnosis of localized colon cancer is through colonoscopy.

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Colon cancer cured

I was diagnosed with colon cancer last summer at 43 years of age. I was blown off by doctors for 5 years due to my age. I finally had 9 inches of my colon removed in July. No chemo or radiation was needed and I am supposed to be cured. I fear that cancer will return one day but for now I am thankful. Don't let any doctor tell you that you are too young for colon cancer. Get a colonoscopy if you have symptoms. If you have colon cancer, there is hope.

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deleted_user
deleted_user

I'm thankful you are doing well! Thanks for sharing a positive post. Have A Great Day!
RockNMetalChic
RockNMetalChic

you go girlie ! i lost my mom to colon cancer and i wish they would've caught hers in time to save her life- stay strong and keep ur head held high - this is a battle u are winning !
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thanks for posting a positive message, I would welcome any more good news. Thanks again. Jim.
koolman
koolman

WOW!!! Not even chemo required. That's amazing. My brother died January 2007 at the tender age of 40 of colon cancer, which scared the hell out of me. I promptly got a colonoscopy and was pronounced squeaky-clean--not a single polyp. Now I'm just dealing with grief from the loss...

My parents had me do Dr. Scholtz (a nutritionist) detox 5-day program with them, and I fell in love with one of the drinks, which Scholtz calls the "gallbadder flush", but ir really flushes out everything. It's all-natural, tasty and consists of:

1 whole lemon squeezed
1 whole lime squeezed
1-5 buds of garlic
1 inch of ginger root
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Blended in blender

Add 8 oz. orange juice, ice if desired, blend and drink! Garlic, as you know is a big cancer-fighter, as is ginger.

Preventing this disease through natural means is far better than to rely on chemo and radiation to fight it if it comes back.
koolman
koolman

Congratulations, though, on catching it in time and beating it!
deleted_user
deleted_user

you are so right my sister was 31 when she died and three of her boys have cancer ages 13-17-19 yrs of age. the one who is 17 wasn't caught in time it is now in his brain. so will have to say good by soon. but i'm happy you pushed the issue with the docs, hang in there my prayers are with on your speedy recovery.
deleted_user
deleted_user

You are right age is no barrier with this disease my wife was 32 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer we are still fighting it my advise is get checked and i know when our son gets older he too will get a test!!
mjfusa
mjfusa

I know what you mean about getting blown-off by doctors. I has anal bleeding and went to the Mayo clinic preventative clinic where they advertize colon cancer screening. They talke me out of getting the screen because I was 46 ( less than 50 when they usually do it) and did not have any symptoms at the time. (The bleeding had stopped.) When the bleeding came back, I told my PCP about this and he said he would refer me for a colonoscopy 'if I wanted' - I said Yes I want this because I want to get to the bottom of what was causing the bleed. It turns out it was a cancerous lesion that was causing the bleeding. To date I've had my sigmoid colon removed and am 1/4 throught chemo. Thanks for sharing your story - so how was the doctor blowing you off? Did you have symptoms and he / she did not investigate them?
deleted_user
deleted_user

In answer to your question, 'how was I blown off by doctors?'. Mostly because it took 5 yrs. to find a P.A. who insisted I have a colonoscopy. My PCP ordered a few stool tests (all negative) and a barium enema (also negative). It seems to me that a colonoscopy should have been the 1st test ordered for a patient w/blood in the stool. None of my Dr's were concerened enough to order the test. Betty, I'm so sorry about your Sister and her kids. Cancer sure does destroy a lot of lives.
TEZ, good luck to your wife to beat her cancer. Thank God she has good support at home. As for me, I need to have another colonoscopy in a few months to make sure there is no reocurrance. Wish me luck! Thanks for the posts.
deleted_user
deleted_user

So wonderful to hear a positive story about this horrid disease. I am 37 now and no one wanted to give me a colonoscopy either. Bet the insurance company wishes they had paid for that instead of all this chemo. There needs to be a way to convince doctors and insurance companies that cancer of any kind does not discriminate due to age.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I'm glad that you kept pushing until the doctors were willing to listen and thank the Lord for the blessing of catching it in time to avoid chemo...I wish you all the best in your continuted recovery. I'm 33 and just had all my large intestine removed (5 feet!). I didn't have cancer but by all medical journal guidelines I should have! I thank the Lord daily for the blessing of catching it early. Colon cancer runs in my family on my father's side...My father had his large intestine removed in this 30's as well and lived 25 years with a bag which complicated his life and made it difficult to keep a job because he wouldn't pass the physicals. Hind sight is 20/20 so I know my brother started having symptoms about 5 years ago but said nothing because I know he was afraid he'd end up like our dad. He passed away in December and was only 30! How can my baby brother get cancer so young - yet I've been spared? That's a question that I often ask myself...only the Lord knows the answer. I believe I was saved because I have children who need me and my brother never married or experienced children. My children have a 50% chance of getting FAP from me....the major heart ache stops with me and I'll make sure to have them checked early and often! The cancer specialist I am seeing is one of the initial doctors who diagnosed FAP and isolated the gene that causes the disorder. He said that if my children have the gene they should have a plan to address their colon (surgery or otherwise) by age 20! Can you believe that - 20 - no one thinks of colon cancer that young. That's why I'm with you when you say that age is not the main factor! It can be genetic - or diet related as well. We all know that our foods are pumped with chemicals and toxins - it's just not natural!! We need to push to lower the age for a colonoscopy from 50 down to at least 35!! Even if it's just a precaution - it's better safe than sorry. Colon cancer is easy to beat if treated early - in fact it's one of the only cancers with a cure!! Even if the cure means removing the colon...it's better than the alternative....We have to watch out for ourselves and push for the testing that we feel is necessary. It's sad to say that doctors who once had our best interest at heart and offered to do the foot work to come up with diagnoses - now it's our turn - the ball's in our court and we need to do our own reasearch and ask for what we want. Thank goodness for the internet....what would we do without it!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I'll second that, I just found out I have it and I just turned 27. Got blown off for about a year and a half despite having red flag symptoms.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I had a colonoscopy today and the doc is pretty sure it is cancer. They took a biopsy and tomorrow I have to have a CT. I see the Doc on Wednesday. I am very scared about this. I do not know that much about CC. I am 46 yrs old and never thought this would happed to me. The Doc said I would be having surgery. Can anyone tell me what they will be doing. If they get all the cancer out will I live for awhile. I am very scared right and not dealing very well with this.
koolman
koolman

Congratulations! My brother waited until he was final stages of Stage IV before he embarked on massive chemo followed by surgery, and, sadly he's no longer with us. Glad yours didn't require chemo! I got a colonoscopy shortly after my brother's death and was pronounced all-fit; not a single polyp. I'm embarking on a healthy diet, which includes the following:

2 whole lemons squeezed
2 whole limes squeezed
2 inches of raw ginger root
3 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of olive oil

into blender. Blend

Add 20 oz. of orange or any other kind of fruit juice you desire and ice if desired

Blend and drink!

These are all good cancer-fighting foods and they're an all-natural alternative to dreaded chemo and radiation.
koolman
koolman

6157: There are various stages of cancer, and you may only be in the very early stages. First things first: Find out what the actual diagnosis is. Try not to worry, but do also be looking for alternatives to do either in addition or instead of chemo and radiation, in the event the doctor immediately orders hose options. Ultimately, it's your body, and you're in control over what you want to put it rhrough. If you decide to embark on chemo (which is your choice, not theirs), the effects of chemo can be minimized through herbal IV drips and such, which, unfortunately, are not financially covered by insurance (I think drips are about $150 a pop), but your comfort and well-being are well-worth the expense.
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