Ah, the ever cheerful colon cancer nomograms.
My diagnosis criteria doesn't fit MSKs; but I still plug it in and wonder.
My oncologists listen to me and answer my questions, but in the end say it is what it is and we are doing everything we can.
It's hollow but true. Many people say when cancer comes for you, if it wants you, it will take you. Or if it's a blip on the screen of your life, it will be a blip and on you will go.
Which will we be? I wish we had a better way to know.
It's unfair and scary. At least we can fight it, even for awhile.
When I get wound up I think about my husband's military career, and mine. We both deployed to combat, me once, him, many times. He worked a dangerous combat job that dealt with IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan. We both knew of and saw many young men who lost their lives in an instant very painfully and saw their families grieve terribly over a death with no good bye, no closure, no peace.
I feel that if those young men and women and their families can deal, I can try to do so as well. It's unpleasant all the way around, sometimes.
Hope the best for you, and all of us. Hope I don't come off as preachy or dismissive.
Vomiting and blockage 9/19/16 46 y F
R hemi colectomy 9/20/16
Stage 3 B CRC, located in cecum
3 out of 16 lymph nodes positive
perineural invasion/lymphovascular invasion
infiltrating, mod differentiated adenocarcinoma with a mucinous component
separate tumor nodules present in pericolonic adipose tissue
Baseline PET scan clear 9/16 CEA 0.5
FOLFOX 10/16- 3/17
April 16th, CT scan clear. CEA 1.1
Colonoscopy 10/5/2017 clear