Looking for hope

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ANDRETEXAS
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Location: Austin, Texas (University of Tennessee alumnus)

Re: Looking for hope

Postby ANDRETEXAS » Fri Feb 18, 2022 10:35 am

Keep staying positive. It's the only way to get through it all. Wishing you and your wife the best.
2014
2/10 - Colon resect
2/13 - DX- Stage IIIb
6 of 18 lymph nodes cancerous
3/7 - Port placed
3/11 - FOLFOX (12 rds w/full oxi)
8/14 - Chemo finish
8/25 - CT- Inc
9/5 - clean PET
12/10- clean CT
2015
3/2 - Clean colonoscopy & port removed
3/4- clean CT
9/21- clean CT
2016
3/23- clean CT
2017
2/22- clean CT
2018
3/21 - clean CT
4/11 - clean colonoscopy
2019
3/11 - clean CT
9/23 - Five-year release - Annual visits now !
Next colonoscopy - 2023

ONE DAY AT A TIME !

Husbandworried
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Re: Looking for hope

Postby Husbandworried » Mon May 09, 2022 10:50 am

Wife had blood work, looked good, I of course noticed slight increase in CEA but no one is worried. May 2022 CEA 0.6, January 2022 CEA <0.5, November 2021 CEA 0.5, August 2021 <0.5, July 2021 CEA <0.5, June 2021 CEA 0.7.

Next CT scan August 2022. Just trying to stay positive and pray.

aquarian_asian
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Re: Looking for hope

Postby aquarian_asian » Mon May 09, 2022 1:02 pm

Staying positive helps to fight against this disease. I just had CT scan today and confident that I stay alive :-)
Feb 2021 - Dx Stage3B - rectal cancer (Age is 48, Male)
April 2021 - Radiation - for a week (5 mins x 5 days)
May 2021 - LAR surgery
Pathology: G2, LN+ PVI+, Lymph Nodes 5 out of 22
Temporary Ileostomy
Jun-Aug 2021 - Chemo 4 cycles 3 months (CAPOX)
Feb 2022 - Ileostomy reversal

Husbandworried
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Re: Looking for hope

Postby Husbandworried » Sat Jul 16, 2022 5:07 am

So latest CEA yesterday was 0.8 which makes the last 4 CEA levels 11/8/21-0.5, 1/24/22 <0.5, 5/6/22-O.6 and 7/15/22now 0.8. CEA was never this high except one time when on treatment when it was 1.1. I am now officially freaking out, I just know in my heart it is back again. She has a CT scan 7/22/22 so I will not sleep until then and even then I will not be satisfied. I am trying to keep it together but I honestly don’t know how anymore.

Claudine
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Re: Looking for hope

Postby Claudine » Wed Jul 20, 2022 1:58 am

Dear Husbandworried, I understand your feelings, but remember that CEA, like any blood measurement, varies, and 0.8 is still very much within the normal range which is < 3! Hopefully the upcoming scan puts all worries at rest and you get good news from it :D
Wife of Dx 04/18 (51 yo). MSS, KRAS G12A, no primary

Tumors: L4 vertebrae 04/18; left adrenal gland & small lung nodules 03/19;
rectum 02/22 (pT3 pN0 stage 2A); L3 vertebrae 09/22

Surgeries: intestinal resection 05/18 (no cancer - Crohn's); adrenalectomy 02/20;
L3-L4-L5 fusion and corpectomy 05/20; LAR 04/22; ileo reversal 09/22;
L2-L3 fusion and corpectomy 09/22

Treatments: EBRT 04/18; SBRT 02/19; Failed adjuvant Xelox ; Folfiri/Avastin 03/19 - 01/20;
adjuvant chemorad (Xeloda) 06/22; SBRT 11/22

Husbandworried
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Re: Looking for hope

Postby Husbandworried » Fri Jul 29, 2022 9:16 pm

Wife had her appointment to go over her chest CT and abdominal CT, oncologist said they both were good NED, so that was a big relief, said blood tests were good. Will get a colonoscopy in a month or so which is 3 years after her last one and then get another scan in 6 months and if that one remains NED will move to scans every 12 months. Prayers answered…lots of prayers. Will keep up exercise diet and supplements. Thanks to everyone here it is always comforting to know this site is here. I hope one day to give others hope like many of you are currently doing.

Husbandworried
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Re: Looking for hope

Postby Husbandworried » Fri Jan 13, 2023 11:55 am

So my wife had her visit today, her CEA was <0.5 all lab work normal, chest and abdominal CT scans Were normal. This puts her 4 years out from original cancer surgery and 27 months out of her second surgery. Switching to scans yearly so there is mixed feelings. Keep up prayers and exercise. Thankful for this place to help.

MadMed
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Location: Massachusetts

Re: Looking for hope

Postby MadMed » Fri Jan 13, 2023 7:34 pm

Outstanding news, we needed some good news, thank you for sharing.
52M DX: RC lower rectum, guessing now 2cm from AV 4/27/2021
T3N0M0 adenocarcinoma with signet ring cell features
Tumor size 30mm
Tumor grade: G3
Baseline CEA 1.0
MSI status: MSS pMMR
Started Folfox 5/12/2021
Switched to FOLFIRINOX from session 2. 8 rounds total.
CT+MRI tumor contained shrunk 80%, no spread to other organs.
CRT started xeloda + 28 days Radiation 9/27-11/04
NED as of 4/06 CT/MRI/sigmoidoscopy
On W&W 04/06/2022

nmorgen
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Re: Looking for hope

Postby nmorgen » Sat Jan 14, 2023 2:19 am

That is great news!
DH age 47
DX 10/22 stage 4
2 tumors in sigmoid colon 2 Mets liver
adenocarcinoma
MSI-H, TMB-H 38, KRAS G13V, ERBB2 neg, BRCA2, POLE
Grade 1 well differentiated
12/1/22 Yervoy and Opdivo CEA 5.4
12/19/22 Yervoy & Opdivo CEA 4.6
01/12/22 Yervoy & Opdivo CEA 3.9


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