Amanda and Matthew wrote:Hi, new here. I am a caregiver.
Gosh, long story short, my husband was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 37 years of age, on the 10th of March 2017. Colonoscopy, biopsy, CT revealing spots on the liver (thought to be cysts) obstruction and then stent (cancelling MRI, so spots on Liver TBD), pneumonia and pleural effusion and collapsed lung due to abscess behind the spleen (but only discovered after resection). Resection 12 days after pneumonia with one functioning lung. Foot and a half of large ascending colon removed and an 8cm tumor. Spleen removed and discovery of abscess. Some abdominal wall removed. Marked for radiation. One months recovery, not without a wound infection and wound pump to heal another abscess below wound.
Had an MRI 4 days ago. Revealed multiple mets on liver. Gone from stage 3B to stage 4. Started chemo three days ago. Oxaliplaten bag and then 14 days oral Pecaset (like Xeloda). PET scan scheduled for the 31st May 2017.
Matthews doesn't have CEA markers. Which is extremely unhelpful. We are beside ourselves with worry, but are forging forward. At the moment, the liver is not resectionable. There are two larger tumors on both left and right sides as well as many small tumors in between. Hoping chemo does its job.
Any hope and advice welcome. We are South Africa.
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