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Postby dianetavegia » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:58 pm

It's been 5 years today since my liver resection and 8 years 3 1/2 months since my original Stage III dx. I had my blood work and scans done two weeks ago and all are good (other than walking pneumonia).

My oncologist said I'd have blood work every six months for 2 years and a scan at the end of year 1 and possibly year 2, but I've had so many scans that we've now reached the point where I should only have scans if we think there's a reason or we might actually cause a new cancer.

It feels like I've been a 'cancer' patient for most of my life and I don't think I'll ever get over this experience, but hearing him say 'You're cured' was awesome. When I repeated it back to him, he said 'Likely cured. You've got only a few percent, more than 1%, but a very tiny percent chance this would ever come back.' He said it would be just unheard of for someone to have a tiny cancer cell just floating around out there in your body for 5 to 8 years, surviving my immune system, and then just attach to something and start to grow.

That was awesome. He asked if I was still coughing and said just to finish the medication and my body would do the rest.


I am so thankful to my LORD and Savoir for sparing my life and I hope He is pleased with how I use the time I have been given.

"I will not die, but live, and I will proclaim what the LORD has done." Psalm 118:17

Stage IIIB cc surgery 1/7/09. 5/17 nodes. 12 tx FOLFOX
Stage IVa 2/15/12. CEA 6.4 PET = 1.5cm liver met. HR 4/11/12 No chemo

Eight yrs, 11 months since original dx. Five yrs. 7 months post liver resection. NED November 2017!
“O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.”
Psalms 30:2

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Postby mtipte » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:22 pm

God is great and his grace fills the earth.
Dear Mum 60 y/o
dx 09/16 RC III CEA 9
Chemo/rad 28 from 10/16 till 12/16
multiple lymph nodes
Adenocarcinoma low grade invasive
Now 2000 mg Xeloda for 2 weeks as maint. before surg.
24/01/17 CEA 4,9
APR surgery permanent colostomy :( 24/03/17
3/26 nodes involved -LVI - clean margins
Staged after surgery: T3N1Mx
Infection due to bladder problems. Slow recovery.
CEA 1.7 :)
Adj. Chemo Xelox 6 rounds 29/04/17
After round 3 CT Scans Clear 15/07

God is faithful. Only Jesus.

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Postby NZJay » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:40 pm

Congrats Diane!

"You're cured" - the quote we all want to hear our specialist recite.

I hope those two magical words and the reduced monitoring schedule help alleviate some of your health anxiety, as I know how crippling that can be.

11-13 Dx CC
SPS T4b(touched stomach organ),N1(3/23),M0(Stage 3B)
11-13: resect + partial gastrect
2-14: 1 Tx Cape + Oxy; renal failure, colitis
4-14: 7 Tx Capecitabine
1-15: clear CT
7-15: clear scope
1-16: clear CT
3-17: clear CT
10-17: clear scope (5 year gap now!)
CEA@dx: 8.4 / 6-15: 4.0 / 10-15: 4.2 / 2-16: 4.9 / 7-16: 4.9 / 11-16: 5.0 / 6-17: 4.5
NED since resection

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Postby Buckeye » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:02 pm

Dx 10/20/15 stage 1 T1N0M0 1.3cmx1.1cmx1cm low grade ( well to moderately differentiated) Rectal cancer age 47
Loving Husband and father of two girls age 19 & 15 Sole income provider
CEA <0.5
CT, MRI and PET show no metastatic spread
LAR Laparoscopic TME 11/30/15 with Illo
Pathology clean no lymph node or vascular involvement. Confirmed Stage1
No chemo/rad cancer free now and forever.
Illo reversal 01/26/16

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Postby fumaros » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:02 pm

That is the best "topic" i have seen so far on this forum. I actually clapped my hands in glee. I am so happy for you Diane.
Diagnosed 4/8/16, age 29
Colectomy 4/20/16
Stage III, T4bN1 Tumor 7x6.5x2. Muscinous Adenocarcinoma with SRC features
2/16 lymph nodes
CEA 4/14/16 - 16.8
CEA 6/2/16 - 1.9
CEA 6/17/16 - 0.87, 7/16 - 1.33, 12/16 - 1.14, 4/17 - 0.6, 7/17 - 0.5, 10/17 - 0.9
FOLFOX began 6/24/16 - 11/25/16
10 round FOLFOX, 2 round 5-FU & Leucovorin
MRI & CT 8/16 - NED, CT 12/16 - 10/17 - NED

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Postby MissMolly » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:23 pm


I am so thankful to my LORD and Savoir for sparing my life and I hope He is pleased with how I use the time I have been given.

Your reverence for the sanctity that is life is a constant presence in your posts. I have no doubt but that you have lived your life in keeping with God/Higher Power's image and teachings.

But remember that God does not expect perfection in you - life is also about trying new things, sometimes failing, and having fun.

Embrace the good fortune of health that is yours today, in this moment, and that which you have worked and prayed so hard for. You are deserving of all good things.

Peace be with you,
- Karen -
Devoted daughter to my father, diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer Nov-2014.
Dear friend to Bella Piazza, former CC member.
I have a permanent ileostomy and offer advice on living with an ostomy.
I have been on Palliative Care for broad endocrine failure + Addison's disease + osteonecrosis of both hips/jaw + immunosuppression and recurrent infection x 4 years. I transitioned to Hospice Sept-2016, but it was not yet my time. I am back on Palliative Care and live a simple life due to frail health.

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Postby thubler » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:49 pm

Congrats! I have followed your posts often because I was III b as well. You are definitely an inspiration for others! This is awesome news! God is good!
III b CC diagnosed at 35 years old.
two primary tumors on ascending/transverse stage 1 and stage 3.
Lynch Positive
Colon resection May 2016.
2/41 lymph nodes positive.
Started Chemo June 2016 Folfox
Finished Chemo November 20, 2016
Clear Endoscopy and Colonoscopy 12/6/16
CT scan 02/07/17 enlarged mesenteric lymph node.
PET scan 02/15/17 Showed minimal uptake in two nodes, little to no metabolic activity. Too small to biopsy.
Stable CT scan 06/05/17
Stable CT scan 10/16/17
Port removed 11/03/17

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Postby angie1975 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:24 pm

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!! Congratulations Diane
Stage 3 RC, DX 9/15/15
Prospect Trial, Folfox only
Surgery 2/11/16, successful w/clean margins
1/13 nodes positive
4/11/16clean scan, NED

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Postby chrissyrice » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:25 pm


Very happy for you!

To being CURED... amen!!

Dx 10-31-09 Surgery 12-1-09 Sigmoid Colon Stage IIIb; Chemo Feb 2010-Aug 2010; 4 rounds Folfox; 8 rounds 5FU & Leucovorin;12-16-2010 PET/CT Scan Cancer Free;7-05-2012 CT Scan NED 2 years;10-13-2013 NED 3 yrs; 08-01-2014 NED 4 yrs; 06-30-2015 Stage 4 iliac lymph node(s) 08-11-2015 Surgery 3 cm tumor and iliac artery graft done. Positive margins in the abdominal aorta, No chemo. 03-16-2016 CT Scan Stable,06-16-2016 CT Scan Stable,09-21-2016 CT Scan Stable,12-2016 Stable,03-31-17 Stable,
Recurrence 6-30-17

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Postby Need2talk » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:01 pm

So happy for you and you are such an inspiration. Congrats!

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Postby ktwmn » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:25 pm

So wonderful!! Congrats, Diane! You continue to inspire so many people!
Dx 7/11, Stage IIIc CC
12 txs Folfox 8/2011-2/2012
MSS, KRAS-mut G12D
NED until 3/2015, mets to liver and peritoneum
April-December 2015: 15 txs folfiri+avastin
Liver mets resolved; pelvic met remains
January-May 2016: folfox+avastin; allergic rxn to oxi
June-August 2016: 5FU+avastin
October 2016: looking into immuno trial
January 2017: maintenance chemo xeloda + avastin

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Postby LMighty » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:33 pm

Wonderful news!
Supporter to my mom (64 yr); KRAS wild type; MSS

2012: DX Stage I, rectal cancer; resection and colostomy
5/16: DX Stage III, mets found; right groin lymph node and soft tissue
5-6/16: Radiation + Xeloda
7/16: DX Stage IV, pleural effusion; cancer cells found in fluid
7-12/16: Xelox + Avastin X 6
1/17: Clean PET scan, NED
2/17: Pleural effusion; recurrence
4/17: Iri + Erb X 3
5/17: Ascites; Chemo failed
6/17: Keytruda X 1
7/17: TECENTRIQ (atezolizumab) + COTELLIC (cobimetinib)
9/17: At peace

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Postby testing765 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:04 pm

Good news! Good news!
male-age 44 at diagnosis
8/14-CT scan,no mets
9/14-left colectomy,CEA 2.2 before surgery
3 cm tumor in dscnding colon
7/23 pos LNs
low grade MSI stable
10/14-start folfox
1/15-CT & PET scan and sigmdoscopy- no mets
3/15-finish folfox
9/15- clnscopy- 3 polyps removed
10/15- CT scan, NED
10/16- CT scan, NED, CEA 1.6
10/17- clnscopy- 4 polyps removed, CT scan NED, CEA 1.8
10/14 1.9; 4/15 2.8; 5/15 2.4; 9/15 2.8; 12/15 3.1; 1/16 3.0; 4/16 2.5; 7/16 2.5; 10/16 1.6; 1/17 1.9

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Postby mariane » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:12 pm

Congrats, Diane! Praise be the Lord! He made great things to you. Holy is His name!
mom of 8 years old twins, dx @ 40 with upper rectal cancer, 10+ liver mets in 6/2015, CEA 140
chemo: 8/2015 - 10/2016 - 4xFOLFIRINOX, 2xFOLFOX, 8xFOLFIRI, 10x5FU, HAI pump -12xFUDR
4 surgeries, complete pathological response
CEA<2 since 10/2015
NED since May 2016

I praise God for every day with my family!

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Postby radnyc » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:00 pm

Yay! Congrats Diane!
DX Jan '10, at 47
Feb - colon resection - 2/17 nodes
April - liver mets - Stage 4
3 months Folfox chemotherapy
August '10 liver resection and HAI pump
7 months chemo FUDR HAI and Folfiri systemic
NED since August 2010
Last treatment April '11
HAI Pump removed Dec '15

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