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Meet the One Million Strong – Lindsey Motley from South Carolina

Meet the One Million Strong – Lindsey Motley from South Carolina

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET LINDSEY Lindsey Motley, Survivor Greenville, SC LINDSEY’S STORY In April 2013, I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at 26 years old, while also 17 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl! I was having bleeding issues from constipation due to prenatal vitamins and pregnancy, which were investigated by colonoscopy. I had a colon resection one week after my diagnosis. I began chemotherapy bi weekly (FOLFOX and 5FU) at 24 weeks pregnant, and completed 12 rounds. Our daughter, Lilla, was born at 37 weeks between rounds 7

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Meet the One Million Strong – Tina from Washington

MEET TINA Tina Zeutschel, Caregiver Spokane, WA TINA’S STORY My husband, Howie, had been having indigestion and constipation. He was also having some upper abdominal pain. He was on a drug for his high cholesterol, whose side effects caused many of his symptoms. So the first trip to the doctor was delayed for weeks. Finally, his symptoms became severe and he was seen, but only to be sent home with antacids and laxatives.When he didn’t improve and became short of breath, the doctor got serious. A CT scan was ordered and that was the day that changed us forever. His colonoscopy with biopsy revealed stage IV colon cancer with mets to over 50%

Over-the-Counter Laxative Beats Prescription Drug for Chronic Constipation

A treatment for chronic constipation that is now available over-the-counter was more effective that a drug that needs a doctor’s prescription in a review of ten studies comparing the two. Both polyethylene glycol, which is marketed as Miralax®, and prescription lactulose, sold under a number of brand names including Cholac Syrup®, Kristalose®, and Enulose®, work by drawing water into the colon and softening stools making them easier to pass. The two osmotic laxatives can help patients whose intestinal activity is slow because of illness or medicines.  Cancer patients who take opiate pain relievers often have problems with this kind of constipation.

Gastroenterology Meeting Highlights

ACG Annual Meeting 2009 Brief Reports The American College of Gastroenterology held its Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego from October 23 – 28, 2009 in San Diego.  Research reported during the meeting included how videorecordings of colonoscopy improved quality tests, the effectiveness of a drug that reduces constipation from opiate drugs, and support for guidelines that call for screening colonoscopy beginning at age 40 for people with a family history of colorectal cancer.

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