Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

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benben
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Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby benben » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:49 pm

Just finished my port removal surgery a few hours ago. :)
Piece of cake in comparison to all the other surgeries/procedures.
Took all of 20 minutes or so once the Doc got all situated. Being in 1.5 years, my body had really locked it in place.
So gave the Doc a little more work than the norm. Stitched me up and put some glue on it. 5 minutes later I was putting on my shirt and walking out the door like nothing happened.

I certainly hope I won't need another!
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3/29/17 diagnosed CRC - 44 y/o Male
4/17/17 ULAR - Straight anastomosis - no ostomy.
Path: low grade T3n1m0 - moderate diff.
KRAS - NO, MLH1/PMS2/MSH6/MSH2 - Normal.
5/3 med port install
5/22 folfox - first treatment.
3rd treat, delayed - low ANC - reduced to 90% OXI
zarxio all treats
Treat 7 - 75% OXI
Treats 8-12 - NO OXI, Luke & 5FU
10/20/17 CT- NED
3/18 Scope - Clean
11/8 PORT OUT!
6/19 CT - NED (2 years!)

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juliej
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby juliej » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:53 pm

Congratulations! You've been "deported"! :D

Now go and enjoy your life!
Stage IVb, liver/lung mets 8/4/2010
Xelox+Avastin 8/18/10 to 10/21/2011
LAR, liver resec, HAI pump 11/2011
Adjuvant Irinotecan + FUDR
Double lung surgery + ileo reversal 2/2012
Adjuvant FUDR + Xeloda
VATS rt. lung 12/2012 - benign granuloma!
VATS left lung 11/2013
NED 11/22/13 to 9/23/2019, CEA<1

Punky44
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby Punky44 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:55 pm

Congratulations!
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
T3N2M0
Total neoadjuvant therapy:
8 rounds Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19
Short course radiation 3/14/19 - 3/20/19
Robotically assisted laparoscopic LAR 3/21/19
Pathology report says yT2N0M0 with 0/38 nodes
CEA 4/23: 2.1; 7/24: 1.9; 10/22: 2.6
6/28/19 Reversal and port out
10/22 — nodules on lungs—possible infection or mets—PET scheduled for 11/25

Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.

bitchslapped
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby bitchslapped » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:36 am

A little less you'll be packing on you next hike benben. :)
Could use a couple of pics of the Tri-Cities area or the Great Columbia Gorge over on the Pics Thread to show off to the folks. Haven't been there in years.

Congratulations, Best Wishes
BS
DSS,35YO,unresect mCRC DX 7/'14,lvr,LN,peri,rib
FOLFOX+Avstn 4 Rnds d/c 10/'14
Stent 9/'14
FOLFIRI+Avstn 10/'14
Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
Me:garden variety polyps + precancerous polyp, diverticulitis
Carergver x2 DH,DM dbl occupancy,'03-'10
DH dx 47YO mCRC,'04-'07 fried x HAI
DM dx CC 85YO,CC,CHF,stroke,dementia,aphasia

margiej
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby margiej » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:21 pm

Absolutely fantastic!
Dx CC 12/2015, age 57 at Dx
Stage IIIb: T3N1b
Adenocarcinoma, sigmoid colon, 2.5 cm - low grade, moderately differentiated
3/6 positive lymph nodes
laparoscopic colectomy 1/20/2016
Capox started 3/4/16 - Six rounds
CT-suspicious lymph 2/22/16
PET scan 2/24/16 clear
CT 6/8/16 clear
Clear Colonoscopy 3/17
CT 10/3/17 clear
CT 10/17/18 clear
CEA 12/17 1.7
5/16 3.8
7/16 1.9
3/17 1.3
10/17 1.2
4/18 1.6
11/18 1.2

Ksiemonsma
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby Ksiemonsma » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:02 pm

Awesome for you, I hope to get mine removed in April.
Colon cancer 7/17 age 49
Colectomy 8/17
Stage 3C T4B N2B MO
16/27 lymph nodes
First round of FOLFOX on 9/13/17
3/7/18. 12th round and hopefully last of FOLFOX (9 with oxi)
Clear scans 6/7/18
Clear scans 10/3/18

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horizon
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby horizon » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:13 pm

Congrats! You're braver than I am. I insisted that they knock me out for it!
I'm just a dude who still can't believe he had a resection and went through chemo (currently 8 years NED). Is this real life?

DarknessEmbraced
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:55 am

Congratulations! :D
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
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

benben
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby benben » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:43 am

juliej wrote:Congratulations! You've been "deported"! :D

Now go and enjoy your life!


Will do. I try to treasure each passing moment :).

bitchslapped wrote:A little less you'll be packing on you next hike benben. :)
Could use a couple of pics of the Tri-Cities area or the Great Columbia Gorge over on the Pics Thread to show off to the folks. Haven't been there in years.

Congratulations, Best Wishes
BS


Thanks BS. I will send some pixel love over on the PIC thread in a bit, when my current work load gets resolved.

Ksiemonsma wrote:Awesome for you, I hope to get mine removed in April.


It's a nice step forward. I hope April comes with that granted wish for you :).

horizon wrote:Congrats! You're braver than I am. I insisted that they knock me out for it!

I was concerned about how I'd fair to be honest. I mean I used to be really squeamish with just a shot or blood draw, but after 1.5 years of treatment - figured I'd toughened up a bit.
It wasn't bad. It did feel weird. I did have a mental sensation that he was cutting into me like a rough steak with a butter knife at times. LOL.. I did feel some pain and he could see the grimace on my face and applied some more local anesthetic, which did the trick. I saw lots of bloodied up gauze pads, but he did a great job distracting me as most of the time we were engaged in a discussion about family trips to Universal Studios, Disneyland, and puking while snorkeling in 10 ft swells vs scuba diving.


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Best wishes to ALL.
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3/29/17 diagnosed CRC - 44 y/o Male
4/17/17 ULAR - Straight anastomosis - no ostomy.
Path: low grade T3n1m0 - moderate diff.
KRAS - NO, MLH1/PMS2/MSH6/MSH2 - Normal.
5/3 med port install
5/22 folfox - first treatment.
3rd treat, delayed - low ANC - reduced to 90% OXI
zarxio all treats
Treat 7 - 75% OXI
Treats 8-12 - NO OXI, Luke & 5FU
10/20/17 CT- NED
3/18 Scope - Clean
11/8 PORT OUT!
6/19 CT - NED (2 years!)

AppleTree
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby AppleTree » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:54 pm

Yip! Yip! Yip! Congratulations. My Dr want me to keep mine 18 month -2 years. It does not give me any issues. But I feel like it will be a big release when they take it out!
Diag Feb 5, 2016 Age 45
3 cm tumor 5 cm from verge
Radiation + Xeloda pills - 3000mg 5x week
3/14 - 4/16 - 25 sessions
Shrank just over 50% L nodes 0/13
Remove rectum with temp Ileo 6/17
Reversal 7/20 due to infection
Acute hepatitis August. Chemo cancelled
June to September 2016 - 58 days in hospital

2017
6/16, MRI shadow in lung
Pet - 6.6mm Met in Upper R lobe
7/30 VAT surgery Mass General/Boston
8/24 port
8/30 - 4/28 Folfox. 12 rounds
2018
June CT shows new lung Mets.
July/Oct PETs...CLEAR!

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horizon
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby horizon » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:02 am

benben wrote:I was concerned about how I'd fair to be honest. I mean I used to be really squeamish with just a shot or blood draw, but after 1.5 years of treatment - figured I'd toughened up a bit.
It wasn't bad. It did feel weird. I did have a mental sensation that he was cutting into me like a rough steak with a butter knife at times. LOL.. I did feel some pain and he could see the grimace on my face and applied some more local anesthetic, which did the trick. I saw lots of bloodied up gauze pads, but he did a great job distracting me as most of the time we were engaged in a discussion about family trips to Universal Studios, Disneyland, and puking while snorkeling in 10 ft swells vs scuba diving.


You would think that I would have toughened up by now but I still can't handle needles or blood. I have to keep my eyes closed through everything. So pitiful!

I like those distraction topics but now I want some butterbeer!
I'm just a dude who still can't believe he had a resection and went through chemo (currently 8 years NED). Is this real life?

Cmac1275
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Re: Port Removed - 1.5 years later.

Postby Cmac1275 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:26 am

Sweet and congrats! Time to move on out
42 yr, male, husband and father of 3
DX Stage IV Colon Cancer Jan 2018
Multiple liver mets
KRAS G13D / MSS

Jan 2018 Partial colon resection
Mar 2018 FOLFOX + Avastin | CEA 60.1
July 2018 Partial liver resection | CEA 4.7
Sep 2018 Recurrence in liver | CEA 2.9
Oct 2018 FOLFOX + Avastin
Nov 2018 Stopping FOLFOX. New mets | CEA 4.3
Dec 2018 Beginning AbbVie ABT-165 Trial


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