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by stu
Sat May 26, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Surgeon has me feeling horrible
Replies: 17
Views: 486

Re: Surgeon has me feeling horrible

Hi , I remember those meetings well where you are left thoroughly dismantled and trying to find some firm ground . Now you step forward to see what chemo can achieve and there lies the hope . Chemo not only shrank my mum’s liver mets it removed them altogether from the scan . One alone was athe size...
by stu
Fri May 25, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My CEA just came back at 447. Please Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: My CEA just came back at 447. Please Help!

Had a wee giggle at the 50 something . I was in my late 30’s when my mum was initially diagnosed and guess what age awaits me next year!!!
That’s the advances of medicine in a stage 4 setting .
Take care,

Stu
by stu
Fri May 25, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: My CEA just came back at 447. Please Help!
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: My CEA just came back at 447. Please Help!

Your husband loves you very much . Hang on in there . My mum did most of her hard chemo years in her late sixties . Some of the visual images of her at that time will stay with me forever . However she had a life to be living and all these years later she is out living , enjoying herself and making ...
by stu
Fri May 25, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Tumor neither shrink nor progressed to Chemo
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Tumor neither shrink nor progressed to Chemo

Hi , It’s great news that the chemo has stopped it in its tracts . No new spread or disease progression is a big step in the right direction . After surgery my mum had a lot of dead cells in her tumours that were still visible . Once the oncologist has had a look you can get a better feel of the nex...
by stu
Fri May 25, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage IV...NED....AGAIN
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: Stage IV...NED....AGAIN

Enjoy and I hope it last a long time too.
Take care,
Court
by stu
Fri May 25, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage IV...NED....AGAIN
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: Stage IV...NED....AGAIN

Enjoy and I hope it last a long time too.
Take care,
Stu
by stu
Fri May 25, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 8 years later
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: 8 years later

Hi ,
That’s fantastic news . Long may it continue ,
Much love,
Stu
by stu
Thu May 24, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: It's baaaaaaack!
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: It's baaaaaaack!

Hi Sorry to hear you have more to deal with . It certainly can take a few steps to NED in a stage 4 situation . But just to encourage you , once the micro disease had “ shown its face” and was dealt with , my mum has scanned clear for seven years in her liver . 73% of her liver was removed at one po...
by stu
Thu May 24, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Please! Read me...
Replies: 13
Views: 658

Re: Please! Read me...

Hi , It was a word that rocked my world too. Now I see it as a necessary evil to allow data collection for resources to be planned for within hospitals. Not so good for predicting individual health needs going forward . My mum I guess is still a “palliative” patient but is in better shape than her “...
by stu
Thu May 24, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Situation Update- would appreciate your input!
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Re: Situation Update- would appreciate your input!

Hi , Really sorry you are having to go through more surgery but glad you can and put it behind you . I don’t know if it would be microdisease or a new tumour but open surgery to get a good look around seems a good plan to me . I don’t actually agree with the chemo analysis as my mum has a good respo...
by stu
Wed May 23, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A Question for Caregivers
Replies: 20
Views: 522

Re: A Question for Caregivers

Hi , Honestly there is no mistaking it when they tell you it’s stage 4 . It’s delivered hard and fast so you fully understand it . He is doing really well and aiming for cure . Hold onto that and keep it foremost in your thoughts . Before you know it he will be putting distance between his diagnosis...
by stu
Mon May 21, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A Question for Caregivers
Replies: 20
Views: 522

Re: A Question for Caregivers

Hi , You might want to read the American Cancer Society ‘s guidelines on staging . It describes the tumour as having grown through the bowel wall and into the visceral peritoneal lining under t4 ( there was another number but I have not transferred that information!) . Stage 4 is under M for spread ...
by stu
Mon May 21, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A Question for Caregivers
Replies: 20
Views: 522

Re: A Question for Caregivers

Hi ,
Oh that’s a shame . Before you start to worry I would speak to the oncologist to make sure the information is correct.
Remember my mum is stage 4 and scanning clear nine years later .
Take care,
Stu
by stu
Sun May 20, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A Question for Caregivers
Replies: 20
Views: 522

Re: A Question for Caregivers

Hi , During the first two years with recurrences and disappointing blows I think I lived off adrenaline . Anxiety kept me pushing forward . My mum had a series of physical changes and lost three stones in weight then gained three stones in fluid over a matter of days after her liver resection . I re...
by stu
Sat May 19, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Dr doesn't seem to approach colon removal
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Dr doesn't seem to approach colon removal

Hi , My mum went straight to chemo both times . I think it saved her life. The world health organisation used to recommend it to pull in any further spread . To be honest I have not checked recently . My mum was inoperable before chemo each time . I think it’s also good to see how you respond to tre...

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