Good morning Natelaugh,
I will just share with you this story about a colleague who, some years ago, was diagnosed with small bowel cancer. She got ressected, and that was that. Then a year later she developed a large met in her pelvic area; its location close to vital organs made surgery and radiation impossible, so she was put on chemo for... However long it would take. The diagnosis hit her hard. She would get chemo once a month, over a couple of days. She expected not to make it for very long.
Then one day, after a year of treatment, she came into the office wearing a new wig, a new dress. "Looks like I'm not a goner after all!".
That was over 5 years ago! Her body handled chemo quite well, and ever so slowly, the tumor shrank... Until two weeks ago when a scan couldn't detect it anymore! her onc believes she still has cancer in her system, but for the first time in about 6 years she gets to have a chemo break. And during all this time, she got to see her grandson grow. So maybe she'll never be completely rid of cancer, but she still works full time and has good quality of life!
Wife of Dx 04/18 (51 yo). MSS, KRAS G12A
No primary (involuted?)
Lytic tumor L4 vertebrae, EBRT radiation 04/18, SBRT 02/19
Resection small intestine 05/18 (no cancer found - Crohn's)
Failed adjuvant Xelox
Folfiri + Avastin 03/19 to 01/20
6.7 cm left adrenal mass 03/19, successful resection 02/20
CEA since 03/19: high 58, low 3.2, now 7.6
Scan 03/19: Multiple small lung nodules up to 5mm
Scan 12/19: one 1mm stable nodule
PET 04/20 small uptake by L4
L3-L4-L5 fusion surgery and residual tumor removal 05/20