I just registered on this forum tonight, Sunday night, 4/24/16. My husband was diagnosed 3/15/16 with stage 4 colon cancer that spread to his liver. Both the top and bottom of the liver is covered in many small spots. My husband Ron declined a biopsy to verify this was cancer.
I have read the statistics on long term survival for those who are stage 4 and I am TERRIFIED!!
Also, my hubby is a long term diabetic (type 2) and for the last month or so, has been suffering greatly with diabetic nerve pain. They put him on 900 mg of gabapentin and now his left leg is swollen and his left foot is so swollen he can't get his shoes on!
And if ALL of this wasn't BAD enough, his last CT scan showed blood clots in one of his lungs. The onc put him on Lovenox for an indefinite period of time. This is a real hardship for us financially, as it costs $330 per month for the daily injections!
I am here to learn all I CAN about the BEST possible treatments for Ron, and find out about any financial assistance programs as well.
I read online over the past weekend that there is a new treatment for cancer that has spread to the liver, where you implant a pump that takes the chemo thru the hepatic artery. Has anyone ever heard of this? I want to know about clinical trials as well!
I am also very interested in any alternative medicine treatments for his neuropathy.
I am VERY glad I found this forum using a Dogpile search!
Husband Ron diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer on 3/15/16, right after first colonoscopy at age 68. Had surgery to remove tumor on 3/31/16. Many mets on top and bottom of liver that are not resectable. Started chemo 4/28/16 using Fluorouracil (5-FU) and Irinotecan. Started Erbitux 5/26 on third chemo. Had very good results on 7/14 CT scan!! Treated with Avastin and Capecitabine 8/4/16. CT on 10/18 showed cancer growth. Now on FOLFOX. Placed in Hospice in early December and passed away 12/29/16.