JOHN BOGERT: Colonoscopies save lives
#3 May 13, 2010
Amen to that, John. I had a colonoscopy last year and found that I had anal cancer. That's a squamous cell carcinoma, which is a type of skin cancer occurring on the margin of the anus and the rectum. This is the cancer that killed Farrah Fawcett.
I went to City of Hope in Duarte (80 mi round trip from Redondo), and was given the "Wayne State regimen", which involves two sessions of chemotherapy and 33 sessions of external radiation. No surgery, thank God.
Each chemo session consisted of a massive dose of one type of chemo drug on the hospital premises followed by a week of micro-doses of another chemo drug at home administered every ten seconds or so by a pump which operates around the clock.
The radiation consisted of 33 ten minute Tomotherapy sessions - one every weekday - inside an MRI-type tunnel which uses a digital map of the cancer to control a gamma ray emitter that bombards the cancer from every possible angle.
The entire therapy took almost seven weeks and I went through nausea hell, but the outcome has been great. I'm in remission and hope that in five years I'll be declared "cancer free".
And it all started with a routine colonoscopy.
#5 May 14, 2010
>>Fact is, I'd rather forget the incident completely.
That's exactly how it is. The most unpleasant part is walking through that door, the rest is so easy it is amazing.
I laid down and watched the heart monitor, then they told me I'm done. I said, "Done with what?" There was nothing to remember, nothing unpleasant.
If you haven't done it, get it done, then go out for a nice breakfast afterwards.
#10 May 19, 2010
I am a 46 year old who has had chronic Ulcerative Colitis for 22 years. I have had 3 colonoscpies oin the last year as I am now at a heightened cancer risk. I cannot tell people how important it is to get screend for colon cancer even if you do not have a long standing disease that ups your risk for colon cancer. I have seen a close friend die form this disease and it is not a pretty sight. If you are rounding out age 50, get the test done. I t may very well save your life.
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