You haven't added detail to your signature (yet?), so I don't know how similar we are.
At Dx I was assigned palliative, despite only a few (2) liver mets. Reason was their size - too big for resection. Attacking the colon tumor was the only thing feasible, then. I still have bad memories of the introductory talks with an overly empathetic palliative nurse who felt sssoooo sssoooorrryyy. Doesn't work work me. I need facts; will deal with the coping details myself. I need info to define expectations / my roles in it all; what I can/need to do myself; realizing that I need to rely on my docs as I simply don't have their knowledge. Luckily I (also then) had an open and honest onc who fully gave all info I needed. She promised fully bet on going for *aggressive* adjuvant chemo, despite these mets.
When liver was attacked 9 mos later, there were no living cancer cells left. Capox had given 100% result - on hindsight all the jazz about the liver resection surgery *might* not have been necessary after all (haha).
My take on it all is that we've just been somewhat unlucky to draw a bad straw; there are too many straws to get cancer. To kick the beast we need the opposite - good fortune; the problem is that these are not so plentyful so rare. To me, prospects percentages are not verdicts, just an indication of how much/little good luck is needed.
My advice: hope for luck and don't forget to live in the mean time. Make sure you celebrate every small win on the road ahead
Best wishes, Leon
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Dec 2012 - Colon Cancer MM 65yrs, 2 unresect liver mets, CEA 41.8
Jan 2013 - colectomy @ spleen 2/26 nodes (IVa T3N1bM1a) MSI-low
Feb-Aug - 1x Xelox-7x Xelox/Avastin, shrinkage from #3
Sept - 2x failed Portal Vein embolization
Oct 2013 - R liver resect 28 hosp days (liver failure, delirium, emboli, encephalopathy) pCR- cancer gone
2014/15 - recovery/benign polyp
Apr 2016 - new town, new life
clean CTs and (1.3-1.4) CEAs: 4x2014, 7x2015-2018; 2 benign polyps June 2018
June 12, 2018: 5-yr survivor