mslaurie wrote:Well we are back again. My DH was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer Sept 2009. Had surgery removed 1 foot of colon and then has been NED ever since ---- UNTIL a routine xray on his lungs radiologist noted something funky with liver. Well yep its back in full force. He just has a colonoscopy and upper GI about 6 weeks ago.. and passed with flying colors... and now this!
Just sucks! Hubby just had a massive heart attack about 8 months ago and had emergency surgery for a triple bypass and valve replacement. In Coma for over a week - he fought through that ONLY to find out now he had to deal with Cancer recurrence and to the petrionel, liver and also ascites??
Its hard to believe that all the scans they did while he was in hospital for heart surgery. They sent him for scans full CT and other a few times a week in addition he had another full CT scan at a different hospital in December 20128 due to having an onsite of anemia out of the blue and they were looking to see if they could find any bleeding (which now in hinesite was probably due to the cancer). Nope nobody found any cancer with all those scans.. until an annual routine xray ( a couple weeks ago)on his lungs due to being a former smoker. Radiologist noted some funky on liver and mild ascites???? Just upsets me no one found anything sooner on any of the scans in the last 8 months and now it has spread this far. So they ordered a CR scan a wala here we go again!!!!!
Any one else any good news on peri-mets? Everything I have read on Dr. Google is all awful nothing positive at all. Can't believe he fought so hard through a heart attack only to have to fight for his life again with Cancer. Hubby says he would have preferred to not have survived the heart attack.
So if anyone could give any advice on Peri-mets would be appreciated. He will be going to a cancer center for treatments that do offer HIPEC but not sure if hubby would be a candidate due to his heart and he is not fully recovered yet from that major surgery.
I'm really sorry you and your husband are in this situation.
Peri mets are no good, I know that because I have them.... Having said that... Some people have excellent results with Irinotecan shrinking peri mets. Some people even become NED on Folfiri!
I had a partial response to Folfirinox on my peri mets, so it does work. Now I'm having IP chemo (clinical trial) to speed things up and get to surgery (HIPEC).
If systemic chemo doesn't exceptionnally work there's pressurized aerosol chemotherapy that is less harsh than HIPEC. It's not a curative treatment but some people have become NED thanks to it. I think it's still a clinical trial in the US but you should check it out anyway.
What do you know about your husband's MSS/MSI status? If he's a candidate to immunotherapy, that could solve all of his problems...
Tell us how it went in the cancer centre.