So glad you keep this optimistic thread going.
I was cured for 10 years before my Rectal cancer was found to have metastasized. I am still optimistic and feel well. I turn 67 next month, and hope to see my grandchildren grow up. The chemo was tolerable. Tumors in my lungs are reduced. I have been done with chemo for over 6 months and the will do a CT of my lungs in December.
We only discovered the return of the cancer when I was walking funny. My wife drove me to the ER thinking I had a stroke. After the CT they said “no stroke, you just have a tumor on your brain- we want to remove it- SIGN HERE”. If left in place it would crowd my brain &.... Fortunately it was not “urgent/emergent” so we had time to find the best Neurological group and change hospitals. Brain surgery was easy. I was up walking shortly after surgery, then home 2 days later. It they felt that the tumors were from my lung and had pumped up to my head. The radiologist who viewed the CT said it could be a new primary cancer of the lung. Then began the task of identifying the type of cancer in my brain and lungs. You all know that treatment is different for the different kinds of cancer. I had to push-back against my Onc to hold-off on Chemo until we were sure. Repeated lab analyses proved that it was metastatic Rectal. (I was officially a butt-head)
I am truly blessed that the metastasis skipped my liver, and that the lung thingys have responded to the Folfiri Chemo. And for many prayers and God’s mercy.
May you all lead comfortable lives for years to come.
5-08:Stg 3 Rectal: 6/14 Nodes
Ace Surgn Remvd 90%Rectm,lots of Colon-Full Incision
Ileo Rev'd 6 Mos.
FOLFOX 8 Cyc,1-09
Clear Scope 8-17; CEA 2-18
Glory to God! Healed by prayers of many: for 10 yrs
7-18: tumor pressing against brain Removed
Metastatic to lung. CEA 6.9
CEA 4.5 after 1 chemo
8rds CEA 3
CEA 1.8, 2.3,1.7,2.2,5.7,5.3,220.127.116.11,8.4,9.1,10
12 rd Folfiri
Avastin ev 2 wks
Seizure Anti-seiz meds work-no driving for 6m
4-20PET: Lng spots=Chemo
2-21 tumor gth =Folfiri