Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

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Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby Volfan » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:14 pm

I got good news from my first scan since treatment was started. What I'm wondering is when you are sitting in there getting chemo and chit chatting with everyone do you share that news?

I do want to share my good news if it's ok.
This Tuesday I got the results from my first scan since treatment was started. It shows the cancer hasn't spread and my tumors have shrunk around 40%. My cea is also down from 44 to 9.6.
I have rectal tumor with 2 liver mets.
My energy level is back to before the cancer diagnosis except for the day after chemo and doc is allowing me to return to work on Monday.
Stage IV Rectal cancer with liver mets
Oxaliplatin, avastin, 5fu
48 yr dude

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Re: Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby Lee » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:29 pm

I would yes if you already know the person and their history. If it's a complete stranger who just got some bad news, might be a bit hard for this stranger to swallow.

Butt by all means, pass it along here and CONGRATULATIONS on your good news. That the best kind of news :D .

rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 16 years and counting!

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Re: Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby [Ana & Alex] » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:02 pm

I'm in a very early Phase of my Chemo treatment and I must say, I love hearing good news!

It gives me so much hope, to see people getting along with treatment and hearing about those suckers shrinking! I guess I would yell it to the world to hear :D

Congratulations by the way! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Just as Lee as noted, just try to be sensitive if some bad news just have arrived in the room.

When I was out of surgery I had a room with a lady who had peritoneal carcinomatosis just about everywhere after an HIPEC gone South and everything was really hard on her, so I tried to keep my happiness to myself, about being tumor free for the time being and my very successful surgery...

She was very gracious about everything and
I could see that she was happy for me, being so young and having a baby daughter and all.

You have the right of being happy as well and live this positiveness in this moment of your life... specially in this moment!

I hope that your metastases evaporate soon enough and that you can take out (pun intended xD) that rectum in no time!

All the best,
Dx @ 29 yo. Mum (2 y.o.) & Wife

12/2016: Rectal AdenoCa G2. CEA 4.3. RAS Wild. MSS. IIIB.
01 - 03/2017: 28 RTx + CHT 2,5 g/d Capecit.
03 - 06/2017: Suplemments and Cimetidine.
05/2017: TME/TAMIS + permanent Colostomy CEA 0.5
05/2017: ypT2N2aM0 (4/15), good cCR, limited pCR
06 - 8/2017: 4x CapOx 3,5 g/d (2x Oxi reduced to 80%)
09 -11/2017: 3x Capecit. monotherapy 4g/d
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Re: Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby mozart13 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:10 pm

Its always nice to hear good news!
55 year at the time of diagnosis, male
Diagnosed with T1,T2 N0 M0 rectal cancer
Total neoadjuvant therapy or TNT (chemoradiation followed by systemic chemotherapy)
Negative since Feb. '17
No surgery
Watch&Wait approach 8)
I don’t come much to the forum , so if this is not updated it means I remain negative!
Wish good luck to all!

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Re: Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby KElizabeth » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:19 pm

Yes. I love it when my chemo buddies get good news. We gotta be there so we might as well make it a good time. Sharing hope is good.
Female age 39- ,2 teens.
Colon Cancer - DX March 2013
Age 34 at DX - Stage III B
Resection surgery -May 2013
FOLFOX - June, 2013 to Sept, 2013
5FU plus leukavorin Sept, 2013 to Dec, 2013
METs liver and lungs discovered Sept, 2015
FOLFIRI plus Avastin - Sept, 2015 - July 2017
Durvalumab and Cediranib Sept 2017 Dec 17
FOLFOX with desensitization protocol - current

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Re: Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby SarahS » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:20 pm

Yes please do share good news here, I love hearing other people's good news
We're all in this stupid cancer boat together so hearing someone made it safely to shore or at least some of the way there is ALWAYS encouraging

To me anyway, maybe not everyone feels that way, I even like hearing others good news when things haven't been rosey for me,gives me a lift but I'd take my queue from whoever I was talking to in the infusion center, see how they are doing first maybe 8)
Wife and caregiver to husband diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer Nov 2016
Emergency surgery to remove blockage in cecum 12/03/2016
Stage 4 colon cancer. Mets to liver, peritoneum, possibly lungs
K-Ras G12C MSS
01/05/2017 Begin Folfox 6 plus Avastin
CEA pre surgery 114, post surgery 70, 02/2017- 35 03/2017- 23 04/2017- 12

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Re: Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby Maggie Nell » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:36 am

Well, we share good news of people becoming engaged to marry, when we all know someone who
has just gotten divorced. News of a baby's arrival, when there has been a death in the family.
Celebrate a promotion when another has been retrenched....
......why make cancer the exception to the cycle of human experience and communication?
DX April 2015, @ 54
35mm poorly diff. tumour, incidental finding following emergency r. hemicolectomy
for ileo-colic intussusception.
Lymph nodes: 0/22
T3 N0 MX
July 2019 : pending liver U/S, colonoscopy
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Re: Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby Tdubz » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:50 am

being in a place where so many people have already received the bad news of having cancer, I soak up every bit of good news I can. The nurses at my office throw a party for people on their last day of chemo and it always makes me smile.

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Re: Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby JudiB » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:03 pm

Love to read good news..reminds me that we can beat this thing!
May 2004 Breast cancer lumpectomy followed by radiotherapy, Tamoxifen 5 years, then Femara 2 years.

Jan 2017 resection around colo-rectal junction
T2bN1 M0
March 2017 Chemo Folfox started. Oxaliplatin for 4 treatments, then just 5 FU and Leucovorin for remaining 8 treatments.
June 2017 clear scan
Last chemo August 2017
August 2017 clear scan
February 2018 clear scan

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Re: Is it ok to share good reports while getting chemo treatment

Postby ocstacy » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:20 am

I think that is great news! Congrats! :mrgreen:
Caregiver/daughter to dear mother age 78, dx 5/09/17 because of me!! :wink:
Rectal CA Stage 3 low-grade adenocarcinoma- 6 cm
Neoadjuvant start 7/10/17 ended 08/16/17
3D Lap. surgery @ Keck USC, Dr. Sang Lee 10/17/17 temp ileostomy
11/1 hospitalized abscess/hernia - home 11/06/17 antibiotics
Took her last chemo med 05/10/18! Ileo reversal 07/24/18
1st BM after reversal 07/25/18 Anal Fissure 8/15/18
Me:1st Colonoscopy age 38. 08/17 Benign polp.

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