Needing some information on lymph nodes

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Joannerogers
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Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby Joannerogers » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:18 pm

It's been almost a year since my final surgery to remove my rectosigmoid colon cancer(stage 4). I think I remember the doc saying I had a positive lymph node.

I've been having similar symptoms to the ones I had prior to discovering that I had cancer. This has been going on for about 3 weeks.

I just had my colonoscopy and it was clear so I was wondering if a recurrence could develope back in the liver because of the lymph node.

I've had a pain under my right rib cage similar to before so I'm a little concerned.

I have called my onc and he has ordered labs to be drawn tomorrow with my port flush. I don't know what he has ordered yet(talked to nurse not onc personally)

Depending on these results he may order a ct scan.

Any opinions, personal experiences, scenarios would really be appreciated.

What could he be looking for in the lab test? I assuming a cea because it is a marker for me....anything else?

Thanks in advance! Prayers also requested!
53yo married 27 years, 2 children, 24 and 25
Diagnosed april 23,2015 rectosigmoid
Starting CEA 1845
Port placement and liver bx April 27
Folfox started april 29
Avastin added on May 6
Stage IV crc with mets to 50% of liver

10/13/15 dc'd transfusion #12...toxic
Pet/ct scan on 11/3/15
20% liver resected all margins clear 11/30/15
8/18/15 cea 21.
9/15/15 cea 13.9
10/13/15 cea 14.4
1/22/2016 cea 2.5
LAR 02/15/16 all clear

Swirdfish
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Re: Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby Swirdfish » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:42 am

If you are extra worried like I was, perhaps you can go to your local GP or doctor and have them get you a ultrasound abdominal. Perhaps this can ease your mind a little bit more?
06/2016 Went in for colonoscopy came out with a tumor. Age 35
12cm from verge at junction. Rectal cancer.
Clinical stage T3 NO MO
Temp illestomy
Completed 5FU and Radiation
LAR surgery planned 13 Oct 2016
Completed ULAR surgery 11-10-2016.
0/22 nodes
pT3 N0 M0 R1
Stage 2A

Pathology reviewed and changed
ypT3 N0 M0 R0

Started folfox 21-11-2016
5-4-17 NED
Reversal 12-4-17

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O Stoma Mia
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Re: Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby O Stoma Mia » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:03 am

Joannerogers wrote:... What could he be looking for in the lab test? I assuming a CEA because it is a marker for me....anything else?

I don't really know. Maybe he's looking for elevated liver enzymes, or for tumor marker CA19-9.

heiders33
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Re: Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby heiders33 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:54 am

My onc told me the other day that my most recent blood tests showed slightly elevated liver enzymes. He said if they continue to remain elevated he will need to order a scan. So yes, they could be testing for liver enzymes.
36 year-old female
May 2017: Dx rectal cancer at T3N2M0
MSS, KRAS
June-July 2017: 28 days of chemo/radiation
September 2017: laparoscopic LAR with loop ileostomy
October 2017 - February 2018: XELOX six rounds
March 2018: reversal
April 2018: CEA 2.1, all blood counts normal
May 2018: CT scan showed liver spot
August 2018: Abnormal PET, CEA 2.4
September 2018: liver resection with HAI pump

Joannerogers
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Re: Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby Joannerogers » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:01 pm

Thanks all, waiting for lab results now.
53yo married 27 years, 2 children, 24 and 25
Diagnosed april 23,2015 rectosigmoid
Starting CEA 1845
Port placement and liver bx April 27
Folfox started april 29
Avastin added on May 6
Stage IV crc with mets to 50% of liver

10/13/15 dc'd transfusion #12...toxic
Pet/ct scan on 11/3/15
20% liver resected all margins clear 11/30/15
8/18/15 cea 21.
9/15/15 cea 13.9
10/13/15 cea 14.4
1/22/2016 cea 2.5
LAR 02/15/16 all clear

Joannerogers
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Re: Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby Joannerogers » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:43 pm

Labs all good, cea 2.7!
53yo married 27 years, 2 children, 24 and 25
Diagnosed april 23,2015 rectosigmoid
Starting CEA 1845
Port placement and liver bx April 27
Folfox started april 29
Avastin added on May 6
Stage IV crc with mets to 50% of liver

10/13/15 dc'd transfusion #12...toxic
Pet/ct scan on 11/3/15
20% liver resected all margins clear 11/30/15
8/18/15 cea 21.
9/15/15 cea 13.9
10/13/15 cea 14.4
1/22/2016 cea 2.5
LAR 02/15/16 all clear

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Shana
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Re: Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby Shana » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:45 pm

Great news! Hope any other tests indicate all is good and set your mind at ease.

We all understand how scary it feels when things seem off.
DX - 12/16
MSS - KRAS wild
Well-differentiated adenocarcinoma at splenic flexure
Stage IV CC with liver mets
5FU - Failed twice - 1/17 and 3/17
Irinotecan + Cetuximab: 8/17
Irinotecan and Erbitux ran it's course. CEA rising
Primary tumor invaded tail of pancreas and spleen. Liver mets major concern
Y-90 radioembolization on 9/17/18, liver enzyymes have dropped. 10 Radiation treatments to primary tumor completed too. CT scan Nov to assess overall situation...

mariane
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Re: Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby mariane » Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:00 pm

Joannerogers wrote:Labs all good, cea 2.7!


Congratulations Joanne! With CEA low and stable everything should be good!
I had pain sometimes under ribs from I thought my scar tissue. I have a lot of it. My surgeon confirmed it and everything looked good on scans. I have less pain while doing frequent pilates.
mom of now 9 years old twins, dx @ 40 in 6/2015 with upper rectal cancer, 10+ liver mets, 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!

Joannerogers
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Re: Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby Joannerogers » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:09 pm

Mariane,
Funny you should say that! I was just thinking this must be scar tissue and thought that yoga might help. Good to hear from you again!
53yo married 27 years, 2 children, 24 and 25
Diagnosed april 23,2015 rectosigmoid
Starting CEA 1845
Port placement and liver bx April 27
Folfox started april 29
Avastin added on May 6
Stage IV crc with mets to 50% of liver

10/13/15 dc'd transfusion #12...toxic
Pet/ct scan on 11/3/15
20% liver resected all margins clear 11/30/15
8/18/15 cea 21.
9/15/15 cea 13.9
10/13/15 cea 14.4
1/22/2016 cea 2.5
LAR 02/15/16 all clear

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Re: Needing some information on lymph nodes

Postby rp1954 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:14 pm

I've aired my views on better bloodwork before. It takes a while to get it all going, and one's mind can play tricks while waiting for your personal stats to better develop. In the end better bloodwork can provide more reassurance if you're clear, with some better warning and answers if you're not.
watchful, active caregiver for stage IVb CC since early 2010. immuno"Chemo forever," for mCRC


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