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Thread: Stage 1 to Stage 4 Colon Cancer in 12 Months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baz10 View Post
    Debs,
    if you read my recent history, I had a right wedge section 18 months ago as they were convinced I had lung cancer either as a secondary or primary.

    Fortunately it turned out to be old scar tissue from a previous infection.

    The op itself was frankly no big deal, as usual for me I developed complication with sepsis and kidney failure which prolonged my stay is both ICU and HDU.

    Thereafter with the exception of some easily manageable nerve pain recovery was quite easy.
    lets hope they get the little blighter out during the wedge and you progress with the chemo to mop up any other potential little blighters that may be floating about in your system.
    Good luck,
    Barry
    Thank you, Barry, for telling me about your resection - that makes me feel much more confident going forward with the surgery. It's the unknowns that make me anxious and hearing from someone who has had the same surgery is super helpful. I'm wondering how I'll tolerate the first chemo session following surgery two weeks later. I've already had my prescriptions for anti-nausea drugs filled, so that tells me the regimen will likely cause me to feel sick. Ugh.

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    Debs,
    As far as recovery I’m guessing from my experience with the added complications, which I’m sure you will not have was rapid.
    Again I’m guessing they will do minimally invasive surgery.
    Good luck and please let us know how you get on.
    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, 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.
    Motto
    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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    Thanks again, Barry - I sure hope the recovery is as you stated. I saw my MO this afternoon (she comes to our tiny berg from San Antonio) twice a month, and she has scheduled me for another visit with her (to sign off of the start of chemo) on July 30th. It may be a week or two before I post again.

    'Deep appreciation for all of the kindness and helpful information found in this forum!

    Debi

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    Sending well wishes your way. Was sorry to read your story, fellow Deb in Texas. Keep us updated on your progress.
    Deb

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    Thanks for posting along the way. I appreciate the complexity of the situation! Please when you feel up to it, let us know how you are doing following the treatments. Wishing you the best of the best outcomes! And, keep on keepin' on...

    doug
    MyJourney:
    August 2004 Colonoscopy Clear
    June-July 2013 Abdominal Discomfort Upper Abdomen X-ray, UltraSound, CTScan all clear
    8.23.13 Diagnosed 5cm tumor on rectum wall: adenocarcinoma @age 66
    Aug-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
    1.6.14 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
    9.4.14 ColonoscopyClear,CT Clear
    Dec.14 Follow up BlWk +,CEA .9
    Mar.15Follow up BlWk +,CEA .6
    June.15 Follow up BlWk +,CEA .7
    Sept2015Followup BlWk + CEA .7 CTScanClear NED
    Dec2015SurgicalHerniaRepair
    Sept2016Followup BlWk + CEA .7 CTScanClear NED
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb in Texas View Post
    Sending well wishes your way. Was sorry to read your story, fellow Deb in Texas. Keep us updated on your progress.
    Deb
    Thanks! Your sticky has helped me a great deal in preparing for the chemo journey.

    I went to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio for all of the preadmission tests this morning and experienced the kindest and most knowledgable RNs and radiology techs. After the chest X-rays, the rad tech said she had a difficult time seeing the lung nodule, but finally did and mentioned how very small it is. That observation gave me a certain level of comfort - in that the nodule has not grown much, if any, since the last CT scan in early May.

    Thank you to all for your support ~ Happy 4th of July (tomorrow)!

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    Many thanks, Doug!

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    Hi Y'all - I had the right wedge resection on July 8th and was in the hospital until yesterday, the 13th - due to the volume being produced from the chest tube. Even after getting the OK for discharge and prepped for such, the site continued to drain some until about 11:00 pm. The thoracic surgeon said the surgery went great and he captured "the little blighter" without any problems - I just feel like a front end loader took a huge swipe under my right arm. It hurts. I have pain meds and am using them - carefully, so that I can ease back into a routine of sorts. The surgeon believes I will be able to stay on the proposed chemo schedule. I sure hope recovery from the wedge improves quite a bit. I am using a spirometer for breathing exercises every hour and that hurts, too. OK, enough whining - back to breathing!

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    Deb,
    Pleased to read you are home and progressing.
    Maybe I was lucky as no drain tube.
    They discharged me with a ton of pain meds oxycodein being one that I didn’t take as that stuff knocks me sideways.

    Carefully Exercising the arm and shoulder paid dividends in reducing the nerve pain.
    Good luck lady and please keep us posted on how you get along.
    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, 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.
    Motto
    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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    Good advice, Barry - I figured the more an action hurt by my right arm and ribcage, the better I would be down the road by repeating said action. The air around me turns blue with curse words, and our new kitten, Shelby, cocks her head from side to side, but hubby has to laugh at some of the cussing - he's former USMC, and he claims to have heard "them" all.

    'Just heard back from the surgeon's office - will have my follow-up visit on the 22nd. I, too, have oxycodone for pain but am only taking 1/2 of what is prescribed and only when the pain gets to where it's hard to move. So far, the improvement from one day to the next seems nearly exponential, so I'm hoping that trend continues. It is dreadfully hot in Central Texas now - yesterday the heat index was 110 (43 C) and it will be like this for the most part until early October, ugh.
    Last edited by DebSeg; 07-16-2019 at 09:13 PM.

 

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