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Hi Coogan. I recently completed my chemo and radiation in Seattle at the Swedish Cancer Institute. They are exceptional and their protocol for dealing with cancer is years ahead of many other facilities. Mine was rectal cancer Stage 1 but will require an ostomy when I have surgery in March. I was given oral chemo and daily radiation (except weekends for radiation) for 6 weeks. I am now on my 8 week recovery period to gain some strength then will face the surgery on Mar 23. The type of oral chemo (Xeloda) that I received is generally used for colo/rectal and breast cancer and has some slight side effects but they are certainly better than I expected. The radiation has left some internal damage to tissue near the tumor but I am healing and getting better each day. I was given low dose pain pills for the rectal pain and a bladder infection pill to deal with the urination pain caused from tissue damage.

I realize that my stage of cancer is different from yours but we all go thru the same fright and depression that you are probably experiencing now. I cried for days on end but found strength in joining a couple of different boards that helped me understand what was going on.

I maybe can offer some recommendations on some low cost nice lodging in the immediate area of most of the Seattle hospitals and would gladly supply you with the names of the oncologists and colo/rectal surgeon that I have. Make sure that you don't use a general surgeon for this procedure. I have read so many stories in the last couple of months since my diagnosis on Nov 22nd and all of them stress the importance of using a colo/rectal surgeon.

I used to live in Alaska (Anchorage) so I know how limited the cancer services are in the state so I certainly understand why you are coming here to Seattle.

I would gladly talk to you via telephone or email but I don't know the rules of this site very well and know that some sites restrict any personal contact or sharing of email via posting.

If anyone knows if it is acceptable to make personal contact, can you please post and let me know how I can help coogan?

I'll be praying for you.
Karen
Hi Coogan. I recently completed my chemo and radiation in Seattle at the Swedish Cancer Institute. They are exceptional and their protocol for dealing with cancer is years ahead of many other facilities. Mine was rectal cancer Stage 1 but will require an ostomy when I have surgery in March. I was given oral chemo and daily radiation (except weekends for radiation) for 6 weeks. I am now on my 8 week recovery period to gain some strength then will face the surgery on Mar 23. The type of oral chemo (Xeloda) that I received is generally used for colo/rectal and breast cancer and has some slight side effects but they are certainly better than I expected. The radiation has left some internal damage to tissue near the tumor but I am healing and getting better each day. I was given low dose pain pills for the rectal pain and a bladder infection pill to deal with the urination pain caused from tissue damage.

I realize that my stage of cancer is different from yours but we all go thru the same fright and depression that you are probably experiencing now. I cried for days on end but found strength in joining a couple of different boards that helped me understand what was going on.

I maybe can offer some recommendations on some low cost nice lodging in the immediate area of most of the Seattle hospitals and would gladly supply you with the names of the oncologists and colo/rectal surgeon that I have. Make sure that you don't use a general surgeon for this procedure. I have read so many stories in the last couple of months since my diagnosis on Nov 22nd and all of them stress the importance of using a colo/rectal surgeon.

I used to live in Alaska (Anchorage) so I know how limited the cancer services are in the state so I certainly understand why you are coming here to Seattle.

I would gladly talk to you via telephone or email but I don't know the rules of this site very well and know that some sites restrict any personal contact or sharing of email via posting.

If anyone knows if it is acceptable to make personal contact, can you please post and let me know how I can help coogan?

I'll be praying for you.
Karen





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