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by Punky44
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Scared that my father is stage IV colon w/liver metastasis
Replies: 6
Views: 1673

Re: Scared that my father is stage IV colon w/liver metastasis

I feel the exact same way—scared and can’t stop crying everytime I think about this. My mom had a colonoscopy on Monday and cancer was confirmed Wednesday..still waiting for CT scan results and I have been praying so hard for them not to be dire. Everyone here has been so great and patient with my e...
by Punky44
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 7930

Re: I am so worried.

Biopsy confirmed cancer. They clarified it’s rectalsigmoid—does this get treated like a rectal cancer or like a colon cancer? Thanks to all if you I’ve already located a board certified surgeon and the referral has been sent. My mom’s CT scan is tomorrow. I pray so hard we don’t see that it has spre...
by Punky44
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Baseline CEA correlation with metastasis and survival??
Replies: 12
Views: 2149

Re: Baseline CEA correlation with metastasis and survival??

Cmac, did you have a preoperative CEA or was your first one the post op at 60?

Stu, maybe? I tried to read the top of signatures at the start of diagnosis.
by Punky44
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 7930

Re: I am so worried.

Thank you again tater (I replied to your PM before I even saw this.)

I want to be there for my mom every step of the way and I just pray I am strong enough to do so because right now I feel just completely shattered. I am scared for what awaits in the future.
by Punky44
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Baseline CEA correlation with metastasis and survival??
Replies: 12
Views: 2149

Baseline CEA correlation with metastasis and survival??

I am losing it—my mom’s CEA came back at 17. I quickly Googled this and got countless studies showing high numbers, particularly over 10, likely mean stage IV and likely mean recurrence and low survival. There is a 2017 study that contradicts this and says it is really just a baseline and its post-o...
by Punky44
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 7930

Re: I am so worried.

We are still awaiting the biopsy results but her bloodwork came back and her CEA is a 17. I realize this means likely cancer but is the high number indicative of the stage????
by Punky44
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 7930

Re: I am so worried.

Thank you so much for the explanation. Of course I am up in the middle of the night Googling before I came back here to check responses :( I know you are right and I will try to take this advice. I am just so scared and I keep hoping I can find some “answer” by pouring through information. But like ...
by Punky44
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 7930

Re: I am so worried.

Sorry, more questions as I research: Since they said that they could barely get the scope in during the colonoscopy before hitting the “large mass,” can I assume this is a “left sided” mass? Either in the rectum or sigmoid colon? The T numbers...this is the depth in the wall vs the size right? So so...
by Punky44
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 7930

Re: I am so worried.

Thank you. I am holding out hope it is maybe by some miracle not spread yet or by some even greater miracle it wouldn’t be cancer at all, despite the doctor saying it likely was. Wishful thinking right? I also called my doctor to ask if I need a colonoscopy and they said they needed more information...
by Punky44
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 7930

Re: I am so worried.

Thank you so much for the replies. I am trying so hard to stay positive but I myself suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, often related to health issues, so needless to say I am a total mess. Does big size of a polyp likely to mean a higher stage? I just keep thinking it has to be horrible and ...
by Punky44
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I am so worried.
Replies: 39
Views: 7930

I am so worried.

Hello, I found this forum when doing obsessive Google searches. My mom had a colonoscopy this morning and they found “a large mass” in her rectum that is “likely cancer” and it is so large that they apparently couldn’t even perform the colonoscopy. She’s 68 and this is her first colonoscopy (I force...

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