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!!!!
March 18, 2012: Emergency Appendectomy w/ Adenocarinoma & Carcinoid Tumor;Adenocarinoma spot on liver (Stage IV)
April 2012: Micro Liver Ablation/ Folfox 6 Chemo 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 path report
December 7, 2012: CANCER-FREE!!!!!!!
March 1, 2013: Clear CT scan
June 14, 2013: Clear MRI-
August 2013: 3 spots found (1 on each ovary/1 in rectouterine fossa)
Sept 2013: Folfiri +Avastin begins
Nov. 2013: PET & CT =1 spot undetectable and other 2 spots 40% shrinkage
March 2014: Finished 12 rounds of chemo
April 2014: Total hysterectomy, partial rectum resection
May 2014: NED
June - July 2014: 25 rounds of pelvic external beam radiation (precautionary)
August 2014: CT scan = NED
Nov/Dec 2014: CT/PET- enlarged lymph node on ascend. colon
Dec 2014: begin 5 FU, Leuc. and Avastin
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
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 for low platelets
FOLFIRI/ Avastin 5/12-8/12
Consult for HIPEC 8/12 denied---tumors too many, possibly in ureter.
5FU/ Avastin 8/2012-2/2013
12/5/12 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
3/27 started his heavenly journey
And just in time for Thanksgiving, too!
Caregiver to my significant other.
May 2008: transrectal procedure for Stage I CRC. Age 59
April 2013: Finally "sick enough" to go to the Dr. CAT scan.
May 2013: PET scan, surgical biopsy. DX'd terminal, inoperable, recurrent, metastatic, hypermetabolic StageIV CRC w/mets to liver & lymph node in neck
June 2013: Port placement. Oxaliplatin, Erbitux, Xeloda
August 2013: PET scan; NED
September 2013: surgical repair of inguinal hernia
November 2013: PET scan; NED
January 2014: Changed out oxi for Irinotecan; continue Erbitux, Xeloda
March 2014: PET scan; NED
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.
Wonderful news! Hang in there and hope you are able to enjoy Thanksgiving!
Hubby diagnosed in 2005 with Stage IV, January...Journey on this road has had some major obstacles ..... God continues to help us endure each one.... enjoying life and doing as much as possible!
My Carolina Cowboy gained his angel wings in August, 2017, 11 1/2 years with Stage IV. It was an amazing journey on this bumpy road. His attitude in fighting this beast was like no other. He did not want anyone's sympathy or pity so much that a lot of our friends did not even know he was in this battle. Many, many thanks to our super oncologist, surgeons, radiologists, staff, and etc. Most thankful to our God above for letting my soulmate be with me all this time! Amazingly, most of the time in this fight was great! We enjoyed trail riding every chance we had to go and so many other things that life offered to us. Even took a few rides with a 5FU pack. My cowboy was a tough one, John Wayne had nothing on him!
Don't give up! Keep the fighting attitude!! Blessings to all!! May a cure be found!!
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 49 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 - Combined lower bowel resection and liver resection.
9/7/12 - Last day of Chemo. Folfox Blood Clot in Leg.
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 - Second Liver Resection removes tumor #6,7,8,9.
11/1/13 - Started FolFiri
5/13/14 - Pet scan shows 3 large tumors in the Liver. Time to see Surgeon again.
6/12/14 - Third Liver Resection removes Tumor #10,11,12.
7/16/14 - Started Xeloda and Avastin
9/22/14 - Fistula goes septic. 2 Major Surgeries later Permanent Ostomy.
12/19/14 - Started Xeloda and Avastin again
5/22/15 - 3 new tumors in my liver. No surgery this time.
12/15/15 - micro-spheres(Y90) failed completely All tumors growing
2/5/16 - Started Lonsurf and antibiotics
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.