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

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    Super Moderator Top User Baz10's Avatar
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    May 2011
    I’m sure he has heard all.
    When I was rushed from the ward(apparently) to ICU all I vaguely recall was coming half around seeing a vision of grey with human shapes of dark grey.
    So I remember as I thought silently saying to myself
    “Ohh sh*t this isn’t good) when a male voice replied “no it isn’t good Barry , but you will be OK” as I felt them stick another needle in my upper right arm. Turned out to be a octopus cannula when I came to connected to this contraption and a half face mask pumping oxygen in.

    Ahh said the male nurse, glad you are back with us.
    I didn’t dare ask where I had been in the previous (as I’m told) 30 hours.

    Given your tenacity and upbeat attitude and with the support of your military man, you’ll do just fine.
    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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    May 2018
    Thanks so much for the encouraging words, Barry!

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    Moderator Top User Doug K's Avatar
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    Dec 2014
    Deb, you have really had a hit! You'll bounce back I am sure, you just have that attitude.

    Don't be afraid to give yourself a bit of slack as you progress... you don't want to set yourself back. Take care and do keep us in the loop and best of luck to you as you progress.....
    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
    Sept2016Followup BlWk + CEA .7 CTScanClear NED
    Sept-Oct2017Followup All clear NED
    Sept-Oct2018CTScan+Clear Bldwk+
    Continue ColoRectal Support Group monthly

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    May 2018
    Thank you, Doug, for your kind support. Going in to see my surgeon tomorrow morning - have experienced a much deeper pain in the lung area that was resectioned and both ankles swelled like balloons last night and this evening. I don't know if the two issues are connected, but the doc wants to see me ASAP. Hopefully, it's nothing more than being pretty sedentary now vs. being active physically prior to surgery.


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