Good report from my scans and much improved liver enzymes
Got a good report from my PET/CT scans I had on Thursday. One of my spots (the one on my left ovary) is no longer visible on either scan and the other two spots (the one behind my uterus and the one on my right ovary) have shown excellent "shrinkage" (@ 40% after 4 treatments). No new spots were reported so this is a happy day!!!!!! My liver enzymes have been consistently getting more and more elevated (they had gotten really high after treatment #4) and I thought I was going to have to take a 2-week break from chemo. I had accupunture this past Wednesday and my accupunturist (who is also an ENT) quickly picked up on my liver stagnation and really focused my session on that. Today, my liver enzymes had DRAMATICALLY dropped (still higher than normal but much, much better) so I was able to get # 5 today. All in all a great day!!!!! Try to find and enjoy the good when we can b/c things can change so quickly when it comes to late stage cancers!!!!!! Prayers to you all!!!!
Current Age: 38
March 18, 2012: Emergency Appendectomy w/ Adenocarinoma & Carcinoid Tumor found; met. Adenocarinoma spot on liver (Stage IV)
April 2012: Microwave Liver Ablation/ Folfox 6 Chemotherapy begins
September 23, 2012: Last Folfox 6 treatment
October 2012: Otreatide scan all clear/ MRI - spot on liver barely perceptible
November 28, 2012: Liver resection (15%)- Clear pathology report
December 7, 2012: CANCER-FREE!!!!!!!
March 1, 2013: Clear CT scan - yea!
June 14, 2013: Clear MRI- sweet
August 2013: 3 tiny spots found (1 on each ovary/1 in rectouterine fossa)
Sept 2013: Folfiri +Avastin begins
Nov. 2013: PET & CT show 1 spot undetectable and the other 2 spots w/ 40% shrinkage- woo hoo!
So delighted that the scans were so positive. The drugs are doing their job. Acupuncture is something we have not tried. You have given me something to consider if I can convince my son to try it for the back pain not related to cancer----at least we don't think it is. Rejoicing in your good news and prayers that it only gets better and better.
Caregiver to son, 32 , 5/18/2011 Stage IV
Sigmoid colectomy , liver biopsy 5/18/2011
6cm sigmoid tumor, low grade (well-to-mod. differentiated)
6 of 33 lymph nodes +
FOLFOX /Avastin 6/2011-8/2011 ( 4 cycles)
Rt hepatectomy on 9/20/2011---70%
FOLFOX /Avastin 4 cycles 1/31 stopped-low platelets
3/5 CT clear
4/ PET scan showed peritoneal mets
4/24 splenic embolization due to low platelets
FOLFIRI/ Avastin 5/2012-8/2012
Consult for HIPEC 8/2012 denied because tumor too close, possible in urether.
5FU/ Avastin 8/2012-2/2013
12/5/2012 scan tumors stable
3/5 tumor progression in abdomin
Restart FOLFIRI/ Avastin with lower dose of Irinotecan 3/11-3/25
ER - bowel obstruction 4/4
Port removed 4/12
Port replaced 5/9
ER 30 hrs
Erbitux in, Irinotecan lowered 5/20 & 6/17
9/17scan indicates stable
9/18-27 & 10/7-11 small bowel obst.
Erbitux & Irinotecan 11/5, 12/2
Bowel obst. 12/31
1/8 urether stent
Caregiver to my significant other.
May 2008: transrectal procedure for Stage I CRC. Age 59
May 2013: terminal, inoperable, recurrent, metastatic, hypermetabolic StageIV CRC w/mets (liver, lymph node in neck)
June 2013: Oxaliplatin, Erbitux, Xeloda
August 2013: NED
November 2013: NED
January 2014: Changed out oxi for Irinotecan; continue Erbitux, Xeloda
I am so glad for your good news. I think you are an amazing, inspirational and wonderful person, and your attitude is just the best. I so hope you will continue to receive only good news in the future, and improve the best way possible.
Great news!!! I have been very fortunate so far. Even with all the liver work done my levels have stayed comfortably normal.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Age 47 Male
5/18/12 - Family Dr ordered emergancy CT and colonsopy
5/23/12 - Diagnosed with Stage 4 Rectal Cancer w/mets in Liver
6/28/12 - Surgery Found additional Mets in the liver. Lost 20% of my liver.
9/7/12 - Last day of Chemo. Folfox
1/25/13 - Last day of Second Round of Chemo Folfox
4/25/13 - Ostamy Reversal
9/9/13 - Clear Scan-High CEA
9/16/13 - Pet Scan shows 4 new spots in Liver
10/3/13 - Liver Resection removes all the spots.
11/1/13 - Started FolFiri
2/7/14 - Pet scan shows several areas of concern. Now we wait and see.
Thats such awesome news! Enjoy Thanksgiving! You deserve it!
30 yr female
dx 12/7/12 stage 4b colon cancer
tumor in lower colon, 12cm left ovarian tumor, lymph nodes affected
mets to liver, omentum
lung ct on 12/17 clear (finally some good news)
started treatment 12/26/12
xeloda pills 7 days on, 7 days off 3600mg/day
oxaliplatin and irinotecan infusion every other week
2/5/13-added avastin to my infusions!
3/5/13-Treatment number 6,cut oxaliplatin out, now on irinotecan, xeloda, avastin.
3/5/13-CEA has completely normalized! Under 5.