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    Husband just diagnosed

    For the last few months my DH had been having issues with his BM and some blood in stool. He then lost weight and I talked him into finally going to the doctor. Went to the PCP, scheduled the colonoscopy. Day of the colonoscopy the doctor was unable to complete the colonoscopy due to the mass being so large. I was told, then we told DH. The doctor took us to radiology for the CT scan from there were were able to go straight to the surgeon. Was told we shouldn't wait for the biopsy and was scheduled for surgery the next morning. Surgery went well and was told the mass about the size of a baseball. Surgeon said he felt he was able to get most of the cancer and said there are still some cells so chemo will happen. Also when we had the CT scan was told there was a small place on the liver, but the surgeon said he wasn't too concerned, but said after surgery would do a MRI. While in surgery they looked around the liver and said he didn't see anything too concerning. However we I'll not know for sure until the biopsy returns. The colon matched up and DH is doing great ( this all happened one weeks ago). We see the surgeon in the morning for the biopsy results. I am so worried the cancer spread to the liver. Anyone else have a similar account? Thanks
    DH is only 38
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    Sgg,
    Thats what I call fast tracked and pleased he is now doing well, long may this continue.
    Im sure everyone will tell you "there is no guarantee" even with good margins there will be no remaining malignant cells.
    Any surgeon worth his salt would be open in saying there are no cast iron guarantees they got it all.
    Peresonally I was lucky twice there was no organ or lymphatic involvement and given my existing nerve problems they decided to not offer chemotherapy following the second surgery.
    One may say, I'm living with a higher chance of a return, but I am content to live with this as I prefer my mobility.
    Lets hope pathology comes back with a good report.
    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.
    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.
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+3.
    Active surveillance for time being.
    Just a little recurrence and another 20 cm of colon vanished under the knife.

    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.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile.

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    Hi--Sounds like we are in somewhat similar boats...my husband also was having some similar issues and was sent for a colonscopy--found tumor/potential blockage and had a resection a few days later and came home yesterday. We are now waiting for the pathology report which the doc said he'd hope to have today. The waiting is torture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LB1234 View Post
    Hi--Sounds like we are in somewhat similar boats...my husband also was having some similar issues and was sent for a colonscopy--found tumor/potential blockage and had a resection a few days later and came home yesterday. We are now waiting for the pathology report which the doc said he'd hope to have today. The waiting is torture.
    Sgg, you are right waiting is the worst! Hang in trhere soon you'll know what is going on and, if necessary, have a treatment plan. Recovery takes time, too so stay strong.

    doug
    MyJourney:
    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
    Continue ColoRectal Support Group monthly.

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    Hi SGG,

    I am in a similar boat as you.

    I'm a 29 year old female, recently engaged to the sweetest man ever, and love of my life, G. We got engaged in Cuba this last Feb, 2017.
    In late July, G had a tumor removed from his bowel. Earlier this week, the pathology came back, and G was diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer. He is only 34. He should be starting chemo (Folfox I think it's called?) pretty soon. Within the month I think. We don't see any sign of spread to another organ, but it has spread to the lymph nodes - but they took all of them in the area out.

    Just thought I would introduce myself, and say hi.

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    Hello kc,
    welcome and sorry to read of your fiances diagnosis.
    I would ask you to publish your post in the colon cancer forum rather than hijack someone else's thread.
    Thanks
    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.
    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.
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+3.
    Active surveillance for time being.
    Just a little recurrence and another 20 cm of colon vanished under the knife.

    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.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile.

 

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