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by tigerpaw
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Elevated CEA from radiation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1518

Re: Elevated CEA from radiation?

Very good news. I will have my CEA tested next week. Hopefully it will be on its way down.
by tigerpaw
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Elevated CEA from radiation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1518

Re: Elevated CEA from radiation?

Thank you. Hopefully my CEA rise is caused by radiation, too
by tigerpaw
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Elevated CEA from radiation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1518

Re: Elevated CEA from radiation?

I had 13x 3 Gy sessions of radiation to mediastinum.
by tigerpaw
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Elevated CEA from radiation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1518

Elevated CEA from radiation?

I finished radiation to my chest (mediastinal lymph nodes) one month ago. My CEA has risen from 8 before treatment to 18. I had a quite painful esophagitis during and after treatment which may have influenced my CEA. Anyone else experienced this?
by tigerpaw
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Any surgeons doing Laser surgery?
Replies: 22
Views: 10764

Re: Any surgeons doing Laser surgery?

I asked my thoracic surgeon in Norway and I also spoke to an oncologist in Heidelberg, Germany who had been working in the Thoracic surgery department. They both confirmed having the equipment and using it primarily on lung cancer. It is the wavelength of the laser beam I think is crucial. I got the...
by tigerpaw
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Any surgeons doing Laser surgery?
Replies: 22
Views: 10764

Re: Any surgeons doing Laser surgery?

Actually many thoracic surgeons have laser equipment and can do the procedure. But I think many are reluctant because they do not believe removing many lung mets with laser improves long term prognosis. So it is no a question of technology, but of the usage.
by tigerpaw
Mon May 15, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: NED 4.5 year after lung recurrence
Replies: 10
Views: 2119

Re: NED 4.5 year after lung recurrence

Congrats! Such wonderful results! I just wonder, when you had your mediastinal nodes, did your CEA rise? I have two lung mets, but I now have mediastinal nodes with a slightly elevated CEA. I wonder if this excludes sarcoidosis.
by tigerpaw
Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Turned down for HIPEC
Replies: 6
Views: 2392

Re: Turned down for HIPEC

I had HIPEC in Norway and was accepted with one lung met, so practice varies. I still have 2 small lung mets, but no peritoneal recurrence and enjoying life treatment free. There must be some surgeons who will accept you for HIPEC with one lung met.
by tigerpaw
Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lung Mets?
Replies: 22
Views: 4166

Re: Lung Mets?

I have two slow growing lung mets, one in each lung. They have actually been visible on CT scan for almost two years. My thoracic surgeon recommends a wait and see approach until they reach 1-2 cm, then he will consuder surgery or SBRT. I am ok with that. It is doubtful that these small mets will ca...
by tigerpaw
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Lung MET: Chemo or No?
Replies: 6
Views: 1340

Re: Lung MET: Chemo or No?

I agree with stu, it all about growth rate. I have had a couple of very slow growing nodules for almost two years. Still too small for surgery. No chemo during this time.

Since yours appeared after so many years, it is probably slow growing.
by tigerpaw
Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colorectal cancer - a disease with great diversity
Replies: 6
Views: 1715

Re: Colorectal cancer - a disease with great diversity

I think I will be offered surgery or SBRT if the nodules reach a diameter of 1-2 cm, and if a PET scan confirms that they are probably mets. I am nor sure a lung biopsy will be needed, or at least I hope not. I am afraid a biopsy will lead to further spread. Here is a link to one of the papers I hav...
by tigerpaw
Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colorectal cancer - a disease with great diversity
Replies: 6
Views: 1715

Re: Colorectal cancer - a disease with great diversity

Grouseman, you are absolutely right, there is no firm evidence that they are mets. But unlike your wifes nodules, they were not there at dx, but appeared a year or so later. My thoracic surgeon does not want to biopsy such small nodules deep in the lung. So I guess wait and see is the most sensible ...
by tigerpaw
Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:34 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Colorectal cancer - a disease with great diversity
Replies: 6
Views: 1715

Colorectal cancer - a disease with great diversity

First of all I want to express how much I admire the members of this forum, you are such brave and compassionate people, and I have found great support here. I know many of you have been through treatments with significant side-effects, such as long-time chemotherapy, surgeries and radiation. I abso...
by tigerpaw
Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: HIPEC, HAI and a Lung Nodule???
Replies: 3
Views: 1139

Re: HIPEC, HAI and a Lung Nodule???

I had HIPEC in January 2015 and lung resection 7 weeks later. I now have two lung nodules 6 and 8 mm which have been virtually unchanged for one and a half years without any chemo. Lung nodules are often slow growing.
by tigerpaw
Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:26 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Elevated liver enzyme
Replies: 2
Views: 642

Re: Elevated liver enzyme

My ALP was elevated for a year post chemo. I don't think there is any reason to worry.

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