O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

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O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

Postby Aqx99 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:37 pm

My mom was having some discomfort in her armpit and left breast reconstruction. Then a couple of weeks ago, a red bruise-like spot formed and started getting larger. She went in for a breast MRI last week and got the results this week. She has a malignant mass in her left breast reconstruction. They are going to have to test it to see what kind of cancer it is, since her reconstruction was formed out of muscle from her abdomen. If it is breast cancer, this would be her third bout with it. I can not believe this is happening to my mom again. She has spent her life dealing with one health issue or another. I thought she was finally getting a chance to enjoy her retirement in relatively good health. She just turned 71 on the 7th. Her first breast cancer was at age 35, her second was ten years ago. She's had several major back surgeries and both knees replaced. If ever there was a time I wish something had happened to me instead, this is it.
Anne, 40
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
2/21/17 Dx, Age 39
2/21/17 CEA 0.9
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR w/temp loop ileostomy, ovaries & fallopian tubes removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
7/24/17 - 12/18/17 CapeOx, 6 Cycles
7/24/17 Dx w/ovarian cancer
9/6/17 CA 125 11.1
11/27/17 CEA 2.6
12/5/17 CT NED
12/13/17 CEA 2.9
1/11/18 CA 125 8.6
1/23/18 Reversal
3/21/18 CT enlarged thymus
4/6/18 PET NED
7/10/18 CT NED
7/11/18 CEA 2.6
9/18 Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

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Re: O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

Postby Shana » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:43 pm

I'm so sorry Anne.

There are never the right words to make any recurrence easier to swallow. I hope they can offer treatment which will be easy to tolerate and knock out her cancer quickly!

Hugs and positive thoughts for you and your mom

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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
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Re: O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

Postby Caat55 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:24 pm

There just aren't the right words. Be strong, take care and support each other.
55 y.o. Female
Dx 9/26/17 RC Stage 3
Completed 33 rad. tx, xeolda 12/8/17
MRI and PET 1/18 sign. regression
Surgery 1/31/18 Ileostomy, clean margins, no lymph node involved
Port 3/1/2018
Oxaliplatin and Xeloda start 3/22/18
Last Oxaliplatin 7/5/18, 5 rounds
CT NED 9/2018

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Re: O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

Postby NHMike » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:30 pm

I chat with Stage 4s and some of the situations seem dire to the point that I don't have words for it. I have a friend that had cancer decades ago and they treated her with a chemo that's known to cause MS in the future and she has MS now - I think that multiple bouts of cancer is just plain unfair in life and hope that we get much better treatments. I do hope for the best for your mother.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 9/8: 1.8; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8
10/17: 2.7 2.2 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 (-75%), 5 x 3 (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/17: LAR, Temp Ileostomy, Path Complete Response
CapeOx (8) 12/17-6/18
7/18: Reversal, Port Removal

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Re: O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

Postby Atoq » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:24 am

I am really sorry for your mum, hold us updated. I hope it is not aggressive this time.

Lots of strenght

45 year old, mother of 2
Dx rectal cancer 10.2017
At least T3N2aMX (suspect metastasis to one lung 8 mm)
Lynch negative
CEA 1.8
Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy Xeloda + 25x2 Gy
05.12.17 laparotomic surgery for blockage, colostomy
25.01.18 laparotomic lar, hysterectomy, ileostomy
05.03.18 core needle biopsy of lung, updated to stage IV
07.05.18 CAT scan, lung metastasis 11 mm
04.06.18 ileostomy reversal
26.06.18 wedge VATS surgery
24.08.18 CAT scan, clear
12.09.18 scope, ok. CEA 1.6
19.11.18 clear coloscopy

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Re: O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

Postby susie0915 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:53 am

Prayers for your mom Anne.
58 yrs old Dx @ 55
5/15 DX T3N0MO
6/15 5 wks chemo/rad
7/15 sigmoidoscopy/only scar tissue left
8/15 Pet scan NED
9/15 LAR
0/24 nodes
10/15 Bowel blockage. surgery,early ileo rev, c-diff inf :(
12/15 6 rds of xelox
5/16 Clear CT lung scarring/inflammation
9/16 clear colonoscopy
4/17 CT 4mm lung nod
7/17 no change lung nod
10/17 Clear pel/abd CT
11/17 CEA<.5
1/18 CT/Lung no change in 4mm nodule
5/18 CEA<.5, clear CT pel/abd/lung nod no change
11/18 CEA .6

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Re: O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:22 am

I'm sorry your mother is dealing with cancer again!*hugs* :(
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18

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Re: O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

Postby Lee » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:43 pm

(((Anne and your mom)))

I am so sorry to read this. It is not fair that some people keep dealing with one medical condition after another, and yet others are "blessed" and have little to no medical problems.

Try to keep positive thoughts for a good outcome. Just remember she's been down this path before and came out the winner, she will do it again.

All the best to you and your mom,

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 - 10 years and counting!

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Re: O/T My Mom - Cancer Again

Postby SteveNZ » Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:36 am

Hi Anne,
Thinking of you.
You and your mum are in my prayers.
Be encouraged that we care.

Aged 56 - I feel really young...
Colo-Rectal Cancer T2 N1 M0
March 2018 - Diagnosis
April-May 2018 Radiation+Chemo then a TIA (Minor Stroke). - Stopped Chemo.
June 2018 - Sitting it out before operation. ....Pretty Miserable- emotions gone weird....?!
*Decided to live to 100 as I will get a telegram from Her Majesty the Queen when 100yrs old. I so, so want one.
Am a Salvation Army chap so I complete 'knee drill' (prayer) to the Commander in Chief often. For myself personally this helps me through.

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