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    Colon Cancer and Spot on Liver

    In 2011 my husband, age 57, was diagnosed with colon cancer. He had a mass 7 centimeters. The mass was successfully removed. He was told the cancer had not spread. He took Xeloda for 4 months with minimal side effects. He has had blood tests done every 4 months. One test showed elevated CEA. He recently had a CT Scan. He visited with dr yesterday and was told his blood work came out fine but the scan showed a spot on his liver. His Dr didnt seem concerned about the spot and told him to come back in 4 months for regular appointment. Do we need to get a second opinion?

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    Brenda,
    Welcome to our forum but sorry you needed to join us.
    I'm pleased the surgery went well and he tolerated chemotherapy well.
    I don't know where you are based, however in the UK most specialists / consultants don't have problems with getting a second opinion.
    If you doctor/ specialist is experienced and suggests regular check ups is all that is required, and you have confidence in his / her abilities then the decision is entirely yours to make.
    There is no problem with getting a check second opinion if it makes your husband and yourself feel more confident.
    However, from what you say it appears that his doctors are reasonably relaxed and on the ball.
    We cant advise you one way or the other, it all comes down to how good the hospital and doctors have performed and your confidence that they have done a good job to date.
    Best wishes
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    13 Aug Pain Management dept
    18 Aug ENT.
    Wait, watch and learn (Not too much I hope)
    Stop grumbling Baz, your alive and kicking and too much to do in my life.
    Motto
    Do what I enjoy doing, when I want until I can't.

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    Thank you so much for your reply. I just worry so much. I have a call in to his Dr so that I can get information from him first hand. We do have confidence in him but you still worry. Even with a good diagnosis, cancer is a lifelong disease.

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    Brenda,
    Pleased to hear you both have confidence in the consultant, I know I did with mine, he is an extraordinary wonderful experienced, caring man and absolutely top of the tree in the UK for colorectal cancer, winning the RCS award of the year for his outstanding performance and research.
    Having confidence is so necessary.

    Cancer is not a sprint, more of a marathon, yes it is life long as long as one lets it be. I'm slightly wary that it may raise its ugly head again, at the same time I will never again let the worry rule my life.
    Life is for living, be it long or short, grasp life with both hands and live and enjoy.
    Best wishes
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    13 Aug Pain Management dept
    18 Aug ENT.
    Wait, watch and learn (Not too much I hope)
    Stop grumbling Baz, your alive and kicking and too much to do in my life.
    Motto
    Do what I enjoy doing, when I want until I can't.

 
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