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    My dad has stage 4 colon cancer

    My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer on 3/23/17. He had a successful surgery, surgeon cut 6 cm. part of his colon. Thankfully, he didn't need a colostomy bag. Now he's eating good, and feeling well. Two weeks from now, he will have a chemo port and will start chemo to kill cancer cells 9 spots found on his liver and some parts on his lymph nodes. I am so scared and do not know what to expect.

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    Sorry to hear of your dads prognosis and welcome to the forum.
    Stage IV to be honest means he is in for one heck of a tough fight.
    You don't say how old he is as well as other conditions as as this may affect how his docs approach his treatment.
    Stage IV indicates the cancer has spread to organs and as you say the lymphatic system.
    Im not going to say his treatment will be easy, it won't, yet everyone is different in how well they tolerate chemotherapy, some find it hard whilst others tolerate it well.
    Whatever it's going to be a really tough fight and would suggest you go with your dad if he agrees and ask some direct questions to his doctors and get them to explain in plain English as medical speak can be difficult to understand.
    Look forward to you providing more information and please keep us updated as our members will give you great support.
    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.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20, 23/08 now 8.2, current 8.1
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+Marginal 4.
    Active surveillance continues.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 7/09
    November 1 Vats Wedge section pathology Glomulated previous infection
    no Cancer.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile, too many bullets at moment.

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    Barry is right on and offers excellent advice as many here have observed. Please come back and give us some answers to Barry's questions concerning your dad. There are people here who can offer you good questions to ask a doc, some sense as to what is happening, why a treatment plan is selected.

    Going to appointments with your dad is good thinking. I would have missed so much without my wife being there to hear what was being said. Hand in there. Getting your dad up and about, improving his physical condition will be worthwhile and also likely difficult, depending on how the chemo goes.

    Come back and give us an update... please.
    August 2004 Colonoscopy Clear
    June-July 2013 Abdominal Discomfort Upper Abdomen X-ray, UltraSound, CTScan all clear
    August 23, 2013 Diagnosed 5cm tumor on rectum wall: adenocarcinoma @age 66
    August-Sept2013 Met with Surgeon,Hematologist and Radiation oncologist
    Oct.-Nov.: Xeloda concurrent with radiation: 25 doses
    November CTScan, MRI and surgeon scoped: Tumor gone, scar tissue
    Jan.6, 2014 Surgery LAR: Rectum removed, sphincter remains: Pathology: no lymph node,
    Tumor downgraded from Possible T3 to T2.
    Feb. - April Chemo:5 FU and Oxilaplatin:6 infusions over 14 weeks
    Sept. 4, 2014 ColonoscopyClear,CT Clear
    Dec. 2014 Follow up BlWk good,CEA .9
    Mar.2015Follow up BlWk continues good, CEA .6
    June 2015 Follow up BlWk good, CEA .7
    Sept2015Followup BlWkgood CEA .7 CT ScanClear NED
    Dec2015SurgicalHerniaRepair surgery, recovering.
    Sept2016Followup BlWkGood CEA .7 CTScanClear NED
    Sept-Oct2017Followup All clear NED
    Continue ColoRectal Support Group monthly.

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    Hello SweatPea,

    I will chime in here and echo Doug and Barry's advice, make sure to get him up and moving, even if it's just to take 10 steps! I cannot stress that enough, it's very easy to lay down and be sick, and it will only get worse if you let it. My wife made me get up and move every single day and I had days I did not want to move. It helped tremendously and is the only reason I'm still here. I was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal cancer in May of 2015 and as of today there is no evidence of disease. I'm not saying life is back to normal but I am alive and have a new normal. I wish you and your father the best and a speedy recovery.


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