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I was diagnosed with stage IV (advanced) Colon Cancer in February of 1995 at age 45. I had suffered for many years with pain in my abdomen along with bouts of diarrhea and constipation. I did not ignore my symptoms. I made lots of visits to doctors who told me that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome caused by stress. When bleeding started, I was referred to a specialist in stomach pain. He did a flexible sigmoidoscopy and ordered a barium enema. Both exams were normal. Even though my symptoms continued, no one repeated the tests. No one suggested a colonoscopy.

Fourteen months after the barium enema was performed, my colon became completely blocked by cancer. It had reached beyond the colon into the lymph nodes. It had spread into my abdomen. My surgeon didn't recommend chemotherapy, but I chose to have it. I even flew to the Dana Farber Institute in Boston for a second opinion about treatment options. I had to pay for the trip myself because Dana Farber was outside the area covered by my HMO!

I was in a fog for a while. With the help of my sister Carol and the prayers of the rest of my family and friends, I started my fight. I talked to a psychologist about "visual imagery," a way to try to get my mind to help my body heal itself. I talked to the psychologist also about relaxation. I tried to stay focused on making the cancer go away. In order to do this, I had to get my anger and worry behind me and get to work.

Six months after the first surgery and five rounds of chemotherapy later, I went back to surgery to reverse the colostomy they had done the first time. The surgeons could not find any remaining evidence of the cancer. I continued the full course of chemotherapy, which was 12 months. I have remained cancer free since then, September of 1995.

Now, four years later, I need to let the world know what happened to me and to make sure that it doesn't happen to others. I'm writing about this to make other people aware of the dangers of failing to find colon cancer in its early stages. I almost died at age 45 from a disease that I did not ignore but that the medical profession did not investigate enough. I was too young; I had no family history; I was under stress and on antidepressants for many years. Because of that, doctors dismissed my symptoms too easily. If you have any symptoms of colon cancer, please insist on a colonoscopy as well as the other diagnostic tests.

Today, I'm still cancer free. I am very grateful for my life. I also live in fear every day that the cancer will come back. I haven't yet learned to relax and just live. I am on constant watch for signs. I never seem to rest. I recently went back to work in my profession as a radiological technologist. I find it very ironic that I am again doing mammograms and warning women about breast cancer — when I almost died from a cancer that no one wants to talk about.
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replied May 26th, 2008
Colon Cancer Stage 4 Survivor Stories
I just wanted to say "Congrats" this form of cancer is eating people up every single day. I felt very moved when I read your story and I hope you would please read my mothers and tell me if you have and suggestions on anything.


My Moms Battle with Colon/Rectal Cancer and a permanent Colostomy
My mother is the greatest, and I am here to tell you why..........
My mom is now just turned 60 in March, and her life in just the past 6 years has been worse than a life time of anyone elses bad days.

August of 2003, she was out of state visiting one of my brothers and she had a blockage. Didn't think anything about it until she got home and when to the doctor. He sent her to an Oncology doctor to have some tests taken. The doctor that she was sent to did a colonoscopy and found 4 palaps. They told her after the procedure that they removed 3 and the fourth one was irritated and red so they couldn't get to it. However, they would keep and eye on it and in 6 mo they would do another procedure. Well in november she was taken to emergency because she was blocked again. Come to find out that 4th palap was inlarged to the size of a red potato and stage 3 colon rectal cancer. This is where the surgeries began. She was sent to an oncologist at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor to have the surgery taken care of there. The surgery was done in Feb. 2004 and it was a colon/rectal resectioning with a non reversible colostomy. So for the rest of her life, and she was only 56 years old, she would have to deal with changing and everything else that goes with a colostomy. She then went thru a 12 week course of Chemo-Therapy and then a 6 week with radiation and Chemo, and then a 12 again with just Chemo. Almost a year after the surgery she was finally thinking things would come back to normal. Wrong!!
In Jan. 2005 she had a hernia repair done behing the stoma for the colostomy, and then was told she was in remittion. We were hopeful at this time. In September of the same year she was told with a PET scan that the cancer was back and growing and spreading. So we went thru more Chemo, this time it was agressive chemo and it made her really sick. Then in Nov 2006 she had another hernia repair and my uncle passed with esophagus cancer. This caused her to finally get mad. Her spirits were awesome thru all of the above until we lost him. He had been diagnosed only 2 months prior to passing and this was her big brother and it really put her in a state.
She stopped all treatment because she just decided she wanted quantity of life not quality. In August of last year she was doing great she had started to drive but still there were side affect she had to deal with like not feeling her feet they wer numb, not being able to touch cold foods it made her freeze. It all started to get better, then she was on her porch and slipped on a wet spot and went down wrong and broke her hip. Had hip surgery and has not yet fully recovered from that when in Feb of this year she had her 3rd and final hernia repair. About 3 weeks ago she thought the colostomy had broken no big deal happens about twice a month, but when she went to take care of it, the problem was not the colostomy, but the incision from the hernia repair had opened. It was full of infection, puss, liquid and who know what else. Now for the last 3 weeks my father has had to pack her wound and help her take care of an open wound. Now she is depressed and starting to give up. She is weak, cold, and wetting the bed on a daily basis. I am scarred we only have a short amount of time left with her and I am trying to be strong for her, my dad, the family and the kids and don't know how much more I can handle.

This is my mom story, what I am worried about is the depression and the giving up any thoughts or suggestions you may have would be welcome.
Thank you Confused
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replied January 15th, 2014
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HI tHIS IS MISTY BLUE. WANTED TO KNOW WHEN SHE HAD CHEMO TREATMENTS IF HER HANDS FEET THIGHS AND CALFS AND ANKLE BURNED TINGLE AND HAD VERY BAD CRAMPING. i HAVE STAGE 3 COLON CANCER AND HAVE THESE SIDE EFFECTS. Want to know if she had these side effects and how long it took to go away. Thanks Misty blue.
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replied July 8th, 2008
Stage 4 Survivor As Well
i not going to write much but i can relate with you on this topic fredenishen_r because it was almost the same thing as far as going to the docs and even with alternative treatments. i am 24 years old but was diagnosed at 23. i didnt know at first that my cancer was at stage 4 until later in my treatment. my mother told the docs not to tell me anything for fear i might fall into deep depresstion and give up my fight. but after i found out all i could was cry. but this was a life chaging experience i had to have the surgery and everything i think in total i was in the hospital for about 1 and half months. i am now finished with my chemo and and everything is looking up.
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replied January 15th, 2014
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HI This is Misty blue. I was diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3. I know you had chemo. I wanted to know want kind of chemo you had. I had eloxtin and s5u. I wanted to know what kind of side effects you had from the chemo. I only had three treatments and have really bad side effects. My hands and legs and calf and ankles tinkle burn and go numb. My calfs are really bad. I shake and i am very tired. Did you have the same side effects? Thanks misty blue.
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replied January 6th, 2009
Thank you all for your stories. They have truely helped me to feel better at such a difficult time in my life. My mom was diagnosed a year and half ago with stage 4 colon cancer at 54 years old. She has had a rough time with the chemotherapy but is still not giving up. I need to hear the stories of the strong people that have actually beat this cancer! It gives me hope that I am going to pass along to her. PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH ANY OTHER TIPS TO HELP HER NOT ONLY DEAL WITH THIS CANCER AND THE TREATMENT BUT I TRUELY NEED ADVICE ON HOW TO BEAT LIKE YOU ALL DID! Feel free to email me. I would love to hear from you and thank you for the inspiration!
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replied February 18th, 2009
stage 4 colon cancer
My sister has been in stage 4 since March of 07, she didnt even complete one round of chemo and decided not to do chemo anymore. She is fighting so hard, I just wonder how long she can go on like this, she is now bleeding vaginally, they did a complete hysterrectomy when they found the cancer in march of o7. Can you give me any info that you have. I am so sorry to hear about your mother, is she continuing to have chemo. I will keep you in my prayers.

Thanks Mary C
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replied April 2nd, 2009
formyfriend
Thank you for sharing like this. My friend was diagnosed with colon cancer late last year. He just got the news that it has spread to his lymph nodes and believes that it is over. I'm here searching for stories on people who are fighting this disease. Your words really help... I will pass on this site to him and hope it gives him some strength also.
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replied January 7th, 2012
Stage 4 Colon Cancer
I am 65 year old/young man who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer December 2011. After removal of my sigmoid (tumor was said to be contained within) I was told the cancer was spread to my lymph nodes and could not be cured only slowed by chemo. Chemo was 48 hr. treatments every 2 weeks. Today, Jan. 2012
I am cancer free. The key is nutrition = no sugars, flour, processed foods : exercise even when you do not want it and no stress. After effects of chemo are not good but a reasonable trade off.
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replied January 14th, 2012
wife just diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer
Can I ask - how did this happen? My wife was just today diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, spread to liver and 2 or 3 lymphnodes around colon.

Oncologist hasn't been by yet - she's only 43 and I've been married to her for 21 years - PLEASE can anyone give me some hope...
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replied January 14th, 2012
To : For my wife
Yes there is hope....Stage 4 is applied when the cancer is in the lymph nodes. My cancer was said to be
of a most aggressive nature and spread to 16+ lymph nodes, and told 95% chance I would live only 3 years with chemo and less without. I am cancer free today! Please see my other posts at this site under GQ0128. If there are other question I can give you my experience in dealing with this life challenge.
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replied January 14th, 2012
new news
Thanks so much...well oncologist (nice chap) was here - he says biopsy for liver and colonscopy this comingg Monday. Then find out what cancer, etc., and know by Wed at the latest - he thinks chemo first, and he said likely that can be done outpatient.

So that's the plan...doc thinks it MAY have also entered lungs but zero lung symptoms...he's not worried...about that...

Also, my wife said if she could have the same pain drug at home that she has in hospital (comes in pill too), she could manage at home...I'm thinking that's the way they do it???
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replied January 14th, 2012
Beginning the Process with Hope
To: Formywife

From my experience in talking with others, this is a different circumstance for each person, to a degree. After my colonoscopy and PET/CT scans, I had spots noted on my liver and lung but they weren't thought to be malignant(and still aren't).

When I undertook chemo, I was at an oncologist's clinic where I went in every other week, hooked up to a machine for 6 hours, then brought home a portable chemo pump that attached to my port-a-cath (a port placed in my chest for easy IV access) for an additional 48 hours. As I recall, the first 3 treatments went smoothly with not terrible side effects. The chemo treatment seems cumulative and more noticeable side effects (nausea, loss of energy, etc.) as the treatment progressed.

I didn't have any pain pills during the chemo, but I also didn't really have any pain until the chemo was finished.

As a confession, I did not have a real belief the chemo would work but I thought I would give it a 6 month commitment along with attention to nutrition, exercise, rest and being stressfree as much as possible. But right now I'm cancer free, so there is hope for your wife!
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replied January 14th, 2012
diet recommendations
Thank you so much
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her thing is also nausea But oncologist today said YOU MUST EAT! And she did! When you have. A moment....could you send or post your diet recommendations?
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replied January 15th, 2012
Feed your wife but Not the cancer
To : For my wife

Please ask your doctor for medication for nausea.

I do not want this nutrition listing to overwhelm you - seems like a lot at first, but can be easily managed. Most all substitutes are readily found at your local health food store. Most taste are = to what they substitute for.

"Life Over Cancer" by Keith I. Block , MD is a book that will give you a good start to understanding feeding yourself and not the cancer. I would also emphasize the importance of a stress-free environment and exercise. During chemo treatment your taste changes and most food does not sound good or taste the same, but it is important to eat in a way that feeds you but not the cancer. You will have extreme sensitivity to cold in your taste and feel. This should end when the chemo is finished.

Some good thoughts to start you off with (the book may take a little while to get through) are to stay away from anything white and/or processed, meaning no sugar-sugar goes straight to irregular cells and helps cancer grow, for sweetener instead try stevia or agave syrup-these are all natural; no artificial sweeteners! this is like cancer in a bottle; no regular flour-look for things with flours other than wheat like spelt, tapioca, brown rice; no white rice-it has no nutritional value, try brown rice, jasmine, basmati, or wild blends instead; no corn products-your body turns these almost straight into sugar; no white potatoes-straight into sugar too; no dairy or synthetic dairy-straight to sugar, a great alternative is almond milk. Along with the alternatives to foods mentioned above, other great things to eat are any type of legume (beans, lentils,etc.), nuts, any fruits and vegetable with color (raw is better, but if you don't like raw, then baked or steamed, not microwaved), fish-especially salmon- is the best protein you can eat, if you need red meat, buffalo instead of beef-buffalos are always organically raised. I'll add more about nutrition later if you like.

While on chemo, my energy level was severely impaired. I did not work and chose to use my energy to exercise and rest. Also, on-the-job stress was a factor in me not working as well as the immune deficiency caused by chemo which made avoiding groups of people necessary. Some days are better than others, but it's important, I believe, to exercise daily. Even just walk around the block if she can't do anything else.

I am convinced I would not be cancer free today if I had not made the *change of diet from the processed foods* that are a large part of a typical American diet.
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replied January 15th, 2012
Thank. You!!!!! Once she gets home. I will. Do all of the above...thank you so much!
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replied January 30th, 2012
This is to you both. Also Formywife,
My husband too has been diagnosed with Stage 3 CC. He is 43. We have 3 kids. 11, 9 and 3. This hurts. It probably always hurts, but we are just not conditioned to handle anything close to this so young in life. We also read, "Beating Cancer with Nutrition". That Nutritionist sells vitamins you need. About $100/mo. There is powder and pills. Lots of good stuff in there. Powders could be put in a smoothies which your wife might like. My husband has not started chemo yet, so we will see how that goes. But even a month ago, when cancer was still just suspected, we started with vitamins and mushrooms and now Modified Citrus Pectin and we cut out all sugar. I do have a pretty good recipe for bran muffins sweetened with Zyla (an all natural sugar made from bark) and Spelt & Whole grain flour and bananas. Changing what you buy and how you cook is challenging but can be done. The more you read, the more you might never be able to eat the foods you used to eat anyway. That did and is happening to me. I believe in the nutrition part of it, and it is empowering - so go for it. If there is anything I can do to help, holler!
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replied August 13th, 2013
Can I ask what is cancer free? What exactly do you mean? CEA reading at 0? Or within the normal range of 0-5? Or NED? No evidence of disease? Because I have cleaned up my liver and my current reading of CEA is at 3.4 which is the normal range. Doctor is suggesting I do chemo every 2 weeks for the rest of my life.

So kindly enlighten me what is cancer free.

Thanks.
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replied November 26th, 2013
Hello!

My dad has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.
This blog is really helpful & we have started the nutrition as mentioned in your blog above.
One more advice I needed is regarding flour, can he have brown flour or any alternative to flour? as that's our staple food. I would really appreciate your advice.

Waiting for your reply.
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replied September 12th, 2012
Hello GQ0128
Your story is inspiration and gives so much hope. My brother was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer back in November 2010 at the age of 32. We are from Canada, so maybe other treatments are available in other parts of the world that we are not aware of. It spread to various organs, but were all dealt with successfully. Now, it's the lymph nodes that are in his adominal area that they can't get rid of. The chemo that he has been on, we just found out is no longer working. His cancer was biopsied after the initial tumor was and they found : K-ras mutation detected in the rectal tissue (K-ras mutation positive)and the type of cancer is Adenocarcina. Was wondering if anyone out there has the same and what treatment they are receiving. He is going to start with better nutrition as well. Any advise or treatments that can be shared would be greatly appreciated.
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replied December 2nd, 2012
Rectal Cancer stage 4
Hi Piano80,

I have read about your brother and the type of his cancer. I have exactly in the similar situation. I have had APR Surgery with Igap flaps, after six moths the cancer returned to my Left groin which was removed surgically in Feb 2012. The cancer returned again to the same place and also to one of the lymph nodes in the Deep pelvis which can not be removed. I do not know what to do nown as the chemo i am currently on is not that effective. Any advise from anyone who experienced similar situation would be really helpful. thanks
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replied October 5th, 2012
So happy to hear that you are cancer free. I am very interested on how you battled stage 4 colon cancer and became cancer free. Did you have any alternative therapy?
My Mom has stage 4 colon cancer and we have tried almost everything but I think the most important thing is "stress." I believe that stress knocks your immune system down and therefore does not allow it to recover from the cancer. Please let me know. Looking forward to your response.
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replied November 13th, 2012
My sister was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her liver and a week later it has spread to her lungs. They say that the cancer she has is aggressive. They have not started chemo or radiation on her. They can't operate on her tumors because they are too big right now. My family is devastated with this news. a week and a half ago she fine and now the cancer is spreading at an aggressive rate. I don't understand why they won't start the chemo or radiation on her. She also had a colonoscopy surgery. Can anyone help me. Thank you
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replied October 13th, 2012
Colon cancer
I was diagnosed with colon cancer yesterday. The tumor has almost blocked my colon. Does that automatically mean stage 4?
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replied February 8th, 2013
Usuaully it is sometimes classified as stage III stage IV does not usually happen until it has moved to other partso f the body.
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replied July 14th, 2013
im sorry to here this, but untill the biopsy comes back, then they can tell..... if you dont mind me asking what were your symptoms?
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replied March 1st, 2013
I just got diagnosed with stage 4 and recent scan shows right liver and lymph node activity. Oncologist is starting me on chemo next week.. Am getting ready, for the fight if my life. Have you or anyone heard/tried FLor.ESsence herbal tea during chemo? Have heard that it has anti cancer effect.
Any other advise re natural supplements during chemo?
Good luck to all...am sure we can beat this.
Take care
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replied January 12th, 2014
my father has stage 4 colon cancer and tomar the doctor said he's threw with him. whats the next move
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replied January 30th, 2012
Read "Fighting Cancer with Nutrition". There is hope. Some people defeat cancer with nutrition alone! I'm not suggesting you do that, nor has any nutritionist I've read about, but keeping immune system up is vital. I know it probably hard. And Oncologists will probably tell you not to take certain supplements. Talked to a guy recently who did as was told, but went right back to the supplements the moment his fanny pack was off.

I know how you feel. My husband, 43, was also just diagnosed with Stage 3. 4 nodes, no other organs. We are very hopeful they took it all out, and there are none of those buggers even still in there. Even so, we are Oncologist shopping of course, since that is recommended.

I will pray for you and your wife.
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replied February 21st, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about your wife. I was just diagnosed as well with stage 4 colon cancer that spread to my lung. Since I was only 44 the doctors did not do a colonoscopy immediately. After a complete hysterectomy I was still having extreme pain. After many tests they realized it was stage 4. After 3 surgeries I am now undergoing chemo. I ask myself all the time how does this happen and this age? My sister who is 41 went for a colonoscopy after my diagnosis. She was also diagnosed with colon cancer. It is amazing how this is affecting us at such young ages.

I will keep your wife in my prayers. This is one of the most hardest challenges I have ever experienced. My doctor believes I have a chance to be cured after I finish chemo. It is very hard and stressful but it is all I have. Since I am the same age as your wife I can relate to the pain and shock of the diagnosis. Again, I will keep her in my thoughts.
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replied February 27th, 2012
Yes. There is always hope. I am 44years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in Feb. 2011. I started out with chemotherapy to shrink the lymph nodes for six months, That was followed with a colon resection. I am now continuing on chemotherapy. The chemotherapy is the hardest for me. Proper nutrition is a help. When she eats make it count. Meaning make it healthy when she is able to eat. Lean meats, berries, dark green leafy veges, broccoli. Fresh is best, followed by frozen. Try to stay away from processed and canned foods. Depending on how much of the liver is involved and where, the surgeons can possible resect that section. Exercise helps with the fatigue from the chemo. My oncologist said to try to look at it like someone who has diabetes. They can't cure diabetes, but they can treat it. They have meds for any side effects she may get from the chemo. She has a long road ahead of her. Be supportive and patient. See a counselor. It will help her vent her feelings so she doesn't always have to come to you. It is exhausting and scarey for the entire family and effects you all. I hope I helped a bit. Blessings to you and your family.
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replied March 16th, 2012
My dear one...this is sooo hard to accept, we know..my husband was also told this...went thru appendix cancer, colon and then liver...colon, 2' removed, and 55% liver resection in 2009..aggressive chemo..and Dec, 2011 had 2 cancerous nodules removed in the pelvic area..However, don't loose hope, it is a long road..but we too have been married 25 years..So we are in our 3rd year now..and in remission..it is very scary...I worry everytime we go in for bloodwork..But 1st and foremost let me share with you..DO NOT read the statistics that is all they are, just Statistics, this will scare u to death..I got frightened until I talked to my family doctor..gary's energy is slower..but he is now managing to get out and mow the yard and do somethings..and we feel sooo happy to have each day..Let me hear from you on how your wife is doing..and if I can help in anyway let me help you...I was on facebook support group during our cancers and it did help..so now I reach out to the both of you...We still continue to do bloodwork every 6 weeks to keep a close watch and now next month the petscan..Your new friend, Ella Let me put your wife on our prayer wheel it reaches all over the US and it certainly has delivered MIRACLES HERE!! Ella in TX
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replied March 19th, 2012
Where is the facebook support page? I haven't seen anyone yet with the cancer I have. The colon cancer has progressed to my abdominal wall and I hate the stats for that! Thank you for mentioning DO NOT READ THEM! Everyone is different and if I spent my time researching the stats I'd drive myself crazy. it's difficult enough just having stage 4 cancer...that's why I'm so happy that I found this site. Thank you everyone. And yes, i believe in miracles and the power of prayer too Ella! I'll be praying for you and for everyone here Smile Doesn't take to much time to share with out Lord.
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replied May 17th, 2012
I was diagnosed in June of 2010 with stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to some lymph nodes and also two spots on the liver. I did 6 months of intense chemo and six months of maintenance chemo. My first CT/PET was done after the first 6 months and showed no sign of the cancer. The spots on my liver had disappeared. I've had two more CT/PET scans since with my last one just weeks ago and they were also clear. Next month will be two years since my diagnosis and so far no sign of the cancer. I do hope this helps you feel more positive.
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replied November 16th, 2012
STAGE 4 COLON CANCER "METS"
STAGE 4 METS, and a very weird pattern of Cancer to say the least."DONT GIVE UP THE FIGHT"!! In 2000 my sister had colon cancer, she had surgery and no chemo following, 11 yrs later the cancer came back in the lung,it was very large, she did chemo, which consist of Folfox and Avastin for 7 months,(Ask your Oncologist about this drug) after this she had a PET scan done, and the cancer was gone. Her Oncologist was shocked, She had surgery to remove the part of the lung that the cancer was in (Just to be on the safe side) It doesnt stop here,Things gets worse. While she was recovering from the surgery, her 7 year old son (My Nephew) got sick with a viral type illiness, it turned out that he had Brain Cancer, while she was at St Judes Hospital with him, Her cancer came back, this time it came back in the Brain, and was very large, so large that it shifted the brain, and had burst because it had no where to go, it was very aggressive and had grown so large. she had brain surgery to remove it, this was again a success for her, the surgeon was able to remove all the cancer from the brain,after this surgery my sister started radiation,The radiation was destroying all her good cells, but was somewhat effective, during this time, which was again a few month later the cancer returns again to the pelvic area. Me and my brother had did a lot of research on the Internet, and found a procedure called Cyber Knife, we decided to give this a try, which it proved to be very effective, and only targeted the cancer itself, and didnt destroy all of the good surrounding tissue and cells. The cyber knife was a success in killing the cancer, and brought her pain under control. A few months passed, my sister was trying to get back on her feet, and once again the cancer returned to the brain again, This time we decided to go with the Cyber Knife again followed by Chemo, which was again effective in killing the tumor in the brain. My sister has had scan after scan, and the cancer is still showing up in the pelvic bone, but this time it came back on the oposite side of the bone, not where it was origionally, my sister is pain free, and is doing chemo with a new drug called Zaltrap, this has proven to be effective in killing the cancer, but my sister has been through HELL, there is many side effects to this chemo, and the drug Zaltrap, but things are getting some better. with the grace of GOD, and all the prayers that she has recieved. I hope that soon she will beat it all. what i would like to say is keep fighting like she is doing, dont give up, eat healthy,even when you dont want food there is medications to help to make you eat, avoid sugars, and even when you feel so tired from all the Chemo, get out and move around anyway, even if its just for a few minutes, and go on with your life, put your faith in GOD, I know that GOD is with her, she has been through a lot but she has never gave up,she has had some very close calls, but with all the family support, and staying on top of things, we would not be where we are today! Get every scan you can get, and make sure its often. If you have never tried Cyber Knife, we recomend it, (Check with your Oncologist about Cyber Knife) Get a 2nd Opinion when in doubt about things, We did. Cyber Knife was a big help to her in destroying the tumors, and taking her pain away, and again "PLEASE DONT EVER GIVE UP" There is always hope, I hope this will give you some ideals of how to combat this disease, and give your love one some relief from the cancer, and get them on the road to recovery!! we will be praying for each and everyone of you, and ask that you do the same for my sister Barbara as well! Believe me we know what your going through!! Be sure to get copies of all the reports, Blood work, Radiation reports,Doctors notes etc, and research it on the Internet, I know this seem like a lot, but you need to know everything you can know about whats going on, we did and we have learned a lot, and how to better care for our sister, and just dont listen to what the doctors say! dont be afraid to ask questions, or ask for things, there are lots of things out there that will help you out with this. God Bless all of you!
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replied January 17th, 2013
colon cancer
.hi i.had energency surgery may 2012 bowel completley blocked with cancer and liver met large part of my bowel removed liver resected....i have recovered well ...no chemo scans and blood every three months. tell your wife to be ;poative xxxx carole22
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replied November 18th, 2013
just stumbled upon your story...feel free to keep in touch.
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replied February 12th, 2012
stage 4 colon cancer
I am 55yrs man and was diognosed Nov 2011 with stage 4 colon cancer. After surgery to Bowell all organs clear but some lymph nodes affected. Having chemo and natural therapy as well and hoping for same result. Any tip u have would be great. All the best Aus55.
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replied February 16th, 2012
Nutrition to fight cancer
To AUS55
This worked for me= Nutrition is an important part in beating cancer. Wrong foods place an enormous amount of stress on the body's cells, causing normal body cells to become acidic, high in sugar, and cancerous during the dividing process. It is important to adopt an alkaline diet filled with raw fruits and vegetables, and to avoid white flour, sugar, meat and dairy products.
Best GQ
PS GOOGLE fighting cancer with nutrition and Dr. Budwig Diet
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replied February 20th, 2012
nutrition
To GQ
Thanks for that. I have pretty well adapted same diet. Also purchased life over cancer book and have read a bit into the Budwigg diet. Doing all I can and hopeing for good result. Thanks again AUS55
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replied February 20th, 2012
Eat for a purpose
Good luck Au55!
"Diet" is one way of increasing the odds in your favor and has proven to me a way to get well and be well. Unfortunately many people undergoing cancer treatment dont receive the nutrition and metabolic support they need to stay strong and nourished throughout treatment and later in remission. Eat for a purpose = boost your immune system, eat foods that will help to fight the spread of cancer and contribute to your overall defense against any existing tumors. Also try to exercise 3-5 days a week and free yourself of stress.
Best,GQ
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replied February 28th, 2012
Had Cat scan last week after 5 chemo treatments only 3 out of 17 affected nymph glands remain and they are reduced by more than 50%. Oncoligest was quite surprised and said it is an excellent result. When I aske him do u think the alternative natural theropy has contributed he said I am not sure but keep doing what you are doing. Most medical staff in Aus. don t really believe in natural theropy and in the chemo room they offer u white bread with processed ham and softdrinks etc. Anyhow having operation to reverse stoma next then back to more chemo and certainly keeping up the natural theropy. Confident I can achieve a full recovery. Cheers
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replied February 28th, 2012
Colon cancer
Are you sure you diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer Dec 2011,one month later(Jan 2012) you are cancer free?
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replied March 16th, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS!!! MIRACLES, MIRACLES THAT IS WHAT WE LIKE TO HEAR!!! YEAH! My husband is going thru Stage IV and now in remission since 09...we need to keep positive!! So happy to hear good news!!
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replied March 19th, 2012
I'm a 44 year old/young lady who was diagnosed Jan 11th 2012. I lost weight and the nutritionist told me to eat eat eat so I can keep up with my chemo. Now I've gained some much needed weight and want to eat better! I was doing the no sugar,wheat,or processed foods, before my diagnosis and know I can do it again. it's so encouraging to hear stories likes yours. thank you so much for sharing! Please keep posting.
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replied December 8th, 2012
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GQ0128 I am very glad at this time the lab results are going well for you but you have only been diagnosed for about a year. It is way too soon to declare that you are "cancer-free." I hope for your continued success. But do not ignore any appt with your oncologist or forego any scan they want you to have! Oncologists will state that IV-therapy is prolongative, not curative, because there is no established medical facts to confirm this. I strongly recommend to everyone not to forego recommended treatments even if you really hate the side-effects. Trust me, being cold or having numb toes is better than being ... gone. I am a 3.5 year stage IV colon cancer survivor with lab results and CAT-scan results that have all been "clear" since my illeostomy followed by 8 months of very involved IV therapy (chemo and anti-cancer intervenous drugs.) Knock on wood. But the oncologist still considers me stage IV - and probably will for quite some time before clinically declaring me NED.
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replied December 8th, 2012
GQ0128 I am very glad at this time the lab results are going well for you but you have only been diagnosed for about a year. It is way too soon to declare that you are "cancer-free." I hope for your continued success. But do not ignore any appt with your oncologist or forego any scan they want you to have! Oncologists will state that IV-therapy is prolongative, not curative, because there is no established medical facts to confirm this. I strongly recommend to everyone not to forego recommended treatments even if you really hate the side-effects. Trust me, being cold or having numb toes is better than being ... gone. I am a 3.5 year stage IV colon cancer survivor with lab results and CAT-scan results that have all been "clear" since my illeostomy followed by 8 months of very involved IV therapy (chemo and anti-cancer intervenous drugs.) Knock on wood. But the oncologist still considers me stage IV - and probably will for quite some time before clinically declaring me NED.
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replied December 22nd, 2012
My Man dianosed at age 63 with stage 4 Coion cancer
I need to no alot more about your story my Man at 62 was Just Dianosed with stage 4 Just like you I am new to this but reading alot about it and your story is very simular to my mans and what every you can tell me will be very helpfull in be at good use... I hope you read my message Anyway I wish you the best
PS Bunny
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replied March 3rd, 2014
GQ0128 I was wondering how you have been doing since January 2012.
My husband just turned 65 also and has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon/rectal cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes. Doctors and we have been to several say there is no cure. They can only prolong his life with chemo for maybe 3 - 3 1/2 yrs.
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replied January 7th, 2012
Stage 4 Colon Cancer
I am 65 year old/young man who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer December 2011. After removal of my sigmoid (tumor was said to be contained within) I was told the cancer was spread to my lymph nodes and could not be cured only slowed by chemo. Chemo was 48 hr. treatments every 2 weeks. Today, Jan. 2012
I am cancer free. The key is nutrition = no sugars, flour, processed foods : exercise even when you do not want it and no stress. After effects of chemo are not good but a reasonable trade off.
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replied January 8th, 2012
Stage 4 metastatic colon cancer
U mean December 2010 not 2011 am I right

I have stage 4 spread to all segments of the liver

How many rounds of chemo did you undergo and what were the after effects can u pl elaborate - this will all help me cope with what I have

Also what chemo regime did u take and where

Any info shall be helpful - kindly provide as muchness you can

Am obliged thanks - sdp
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replied January 9th, 2012
To sdp = Stage IV Colon Cancer
Dear sdp,
SORRY = yes diagnosed Nov. and surgery Dec. 2010. Treatment:
6 months of chemo = 6 hrs. at lab and sent home on chemo bag for 42-48 hrs. My doctors in consultation(CAT & PET scans) with MD Anderson in Houston = Fluorouracil (5-FU or f5U), Oxaliplatin, Leucovorin, Dexamethasone, & Ondansetron (for nausea)...I will stress that my beautiful wife researched nutrition that would feed me , but not the cancer, took all stress away handling Hospital/Insurance bills and helped me exercise each day...After effects=
chemo brain, nerve damage to hands and feet( pins & needles) and now there is nerve related pain in my arms and shoulders. I have had my port- a- cath taken out knowing that even if the cancer returns I will not have more chemo...I believe it can cause problems that seriously effect the quality of life at some point that makes it for me not reasonable...GOOD Luck you can win this struggle if you approach it on all these fronts.
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replied January 9th, 2012
Stage 4 colon with mets to liver -
Hi

Thanks for your promote reply - I just finished my first round of the 48 HR chemo.

Pl tell me more about the nutrition aspect that you had and any alternative treatments and regimen that younfollowed and are following to keep the effects at bay and increase the quality of life.

Were you able to travel or gomto workmetc during the time u were on the treatment

Every little bit helps

Sdp
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replied January 9th, 2012
Hi

Thanks for your promote reply - I just finished my first round of the 48 HR chemo.

Pl tell me more about the nutrition aspect that you had and any alternative treatments and regimen that younfollowed and are following to keep the effects at bay and increase the quality of life.

Were you able to travel or gomto workmetc during the time u were on the treatment

Every little bit helps

Sdp
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replied January 10th, 2012
stage 4 colon cancer help
Morning Sdp,

"Life Over Cancer" by Keith I. Block , MD is a book that will give you a good start to understanding feeding yourself and not the cancer + importance of a no-stress environment and exercise. During treatment your taste changes and most food does not sound good but it is important to eat the right things. You will have extreme sensitivity to cold in your taste and feel. This should end when the chemo is finished.

Some good thoughts to start you off with (the book may take a little while to get through) are to stay away from anything white and/or processed, meaning no sugar-sugar goes straight to irregular cells and helps cancer grow, for sweetener instead try stevia or agave syrup-these are all natural; no artificial sweeteners! this is like cancer in a bottle; no regular flour-look for things with flours other than wheat like spelt, tapioca, brown rice; no white rice-it has no nutritional value, try brown rice, jasmine, basmati, or wild blends instead; no corn products-your body turns these almost straight into sugar; no white potatoes-straight into sugar too; no dairy-straight to sugar, a great alternative is almond milk. Along with the alternatives to foods mentioned above, other great things to eat are any type of legume (beans, lentils,etc.), nuts, any fruits and vegetable with color (raw is better, but if you don't like raw, then baked or steamed, not microwaved), fish-especially salmon- is the best protein you can eat, if you need red meat, buffalo instead of beef-buffalos are always organically raised. I'll add more about nutrition later if you like.

While on chemo, my energy level was severely impaired. I did not work and chose to use my energy to exercise and rest. Also, on-the-job stress was a factor in me not working as well as the immune deficiency caused by chemo which made avoiding groups of people necessary. Some days are better than others, but it's important, I believe, to exercise daily. Even just walk around the block if you can't do anything else.

Hope this helps.
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replied May 21st, 2012
Thank you so much for your positive responses to the folks on this site. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer June 2011. I had colon resection done in July of last year followed by chemo treatments then liver resection in October 2011. I am cancer free today but still worry about the cancer returning. I am glad to hear the news about nutrition and am going to follow your advice. God has played the most important part in my recovery but I also needed to hear from other humans going through the same things I am.
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replied January 15th, 2014
Experienced User
HI GQO128. I Was diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3. I took 3 treatments of chemo. Eloxtin and S5u. I Like to know if you took the same chemo and what was all your side effects? My are really bad. Carefull.
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replied April 29th, 2009
http://csn.cancer.org/
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replied November 11th, 2009
Colon cancer can be beat!
In response to fredenishen_r post. Congratulations! Quite inspiring. My mother was diagnosed with stage IV in January of 08. After 3 surgeries and 6 months of chemo they told her she was in remission, only to be told in July of 09 that it had come back! Now it has spread to her lungs. She is actually having an operation tomorrow to remove the two lung nodules that they found on her CT Scan.
She has the most positive attitude and best spirit of anyone I know, and it has only gotten better within the last couple of years. I know that people can beat this cancer I KNOW IT!!! One thing that does bother me and I am always afraid to say it is the hype and awareness that Breast Cancer patients receive. Please don't get me wrong I would never try to downplay anyone battle against cancer as I have been living so close to it for so long, however, I feel that ALL CANCER PATIENTS should receive the same type of recognition and national support as breast cancer patients receive! Am I Crazy for thinking this?? Either way, your story inspired me, she isn't giving up and NO ONE SHOULD! You can beat this! And when people say a positive attitude helps, please believe them, because I have seen it first hand!
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replied November 21st, 2011
bowel cancer stage 4
I think that you are absolutely right about the breast cancer awareness, i am myself a cancer survivor, last year i was diagnosed at the age of 28 with bowel cancer stage 3, after 2 surgeries and a first round of chemo that didn't go well, they found a cyst on my left ovary and after removing the cyst they found out that it was in fact cancer that had travelled from the colon. They then change my course of chemo, having 3 chemo together for 48h every 2 weeks for 6 months. until october this year i thought i was free of it and when i learned almost a month ago that i had a cyst on the right ovary that was malignant, i thought oh god,not again...last week they removed my last ovary and at 30 i am now on menopause, they also found a nodule in the lung, i believe it is curable as it is small, i will get a pet scan next month to see if any infection is in my body appart from that, and then 3 months of chemo followed maybe by either surgery or radio or both for the lung also. I am very positive, and do believe that stress is a big factor, but also that mind can make things better and sometimes can cure it too. I am just wishing myself and other cancer sufferer the best.
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replied November 13th, 2012
My sister was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her liver and a week later it has spread to her lungs. They say that the cancer she has is aggressive. They have not started chemo or radiation on her. They can't operate on her tumors because they are too big right now. My family is devastated with this news. a week and a half ago she fine and now the cancer is spreading at an aggressive rate. I don't understand why they won't start the chemo or radiation on her. She also had a colonoscopy surgery. Can anyone help me. Thank you
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replied November 20th, 2009
I am so glad I found this sight. My husband (50) was just diagnosed. This is his second time around, orginally diagnosed with Hodgkins at age 36 and had been cancer free for the past 14 years. He has had a MRI and CT and going back for a second CT today to determine if a spot on his right kidney is also cancer. I am terrified, your stories have helped. Thank you!!
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replied November 21st, 2009
Colon Cancer Can Be Beat!!
I personally know a few people who have beat it.
I was diagnosed in March 08 with stage 4 colon cancer. It had spread to my liver & lungs. My first surgery was in May 08 where they removed the cancer from my colon. This was followed by 6 months of chemo. Last December, I had surgery to remove as much of the cancer from my liver as they medically could (75%) and then 4 more months of chemo. I did great for 6 months but have just found out a new tumor is developing in the old section of my liver that they could not remove (the amazing thing about your liver is that it regenerates after surgery!) I go to see my surgeon in 2 weeks to find out what he wants to do now (either another liver resection or ablation) followed by 6 more months of chemo.
The spots on my lungs seem to be stable and the colon is still clean.
I feel very confident we are going to beat this!
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replied August 23rd, 2011
wowww!!!this is a greaaat storrry.. my uncle is 51 with stage 4, and a small cancer in the lungs now ... its tiny.. how are you comming along??
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replied August 25th, 2011
I too was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer a year ago. I aggressively did natural treatments for over 5 months while following a strict diet. I did not get good results. I felt great, but the liver tumor had more than doubled and small growths were beginning to show up in my abdomen. My CEA had gone from a start of 20 to 125.3. My oncologist thought I was out of my mind for waiting, and predicted gloom and doom. My God is better than that! I believe that healing is always possible through God's help, and my CEA was not only down to 8.2 before my last chemo, but my scans are all totally clear---the Pet, the Cat and the dye-contrast MRI. Best liver teaching physician at Baylor said he wouldn't do a resection, an oblation, not anything. The cancer AND its blood supply are DEAD. I am believing that I am healed. We CAN beat this!
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replied September 21st, 2011
Anyone have any suggestions?
Great story, so did you have success with chemo? My mom did chemo and it didnt work. She has stage iv and had the tumor removed from her colon/abdomen in Feb. Now trying many natural methods but getting tired and starting to have some pain around the liver, which is where the mets where found originally. Dr said to have a CT in Oct to see if it has spead to other areas but were not hopeful of any other treatment options. If it has not spread they might do surgery of the liver, again Dr was not hopeful. Tumors are about 1/2 inch on right side of liver with very small mm size on the left part. Starting on DCA this weekend. Also sent records to UT MD Anderson for review. Hope to hear from them next week. Thanks for any suggestions!
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replied November 7th, 2011
Diets to defeat cancer / anti-angiogenisis
Hi there, you may wish to check out Dr. William Li's talk on Ted.com. www.ted.com/talks/william_li.html
It's inspiring. My dad has not recovered yet, and does not have access to the anti-angiogenisis drugs in Canada, but the dietary changes did wonders, surprising the doctors who advised him to just stick to the Canada Food Guide and enjoy the time he had left. Only one tumour is left of the tumours that chemotherapy could not tackle. Hard to know if the chemo helped at all. Perhaps the three rounds did. It did, though, leave him weak. The last tumour is unfortunately blocking the entrance to the colon, making eating to defeat cancer harder. He has been so strong, though. We hope for him.
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replied November 25th, 2011
More details
Can I know more details of the natural treatments you have tried. my husband also fighting with same cancer.
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replied March 9th, 2012
Natural treatment with chemo
DId you stay with the natural treatments during chemo?
Kerry
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replied March 9th, 2012
Did you continue natural treatments with chemo? If so what were they?
Kerry
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replied October 18th, 2011
they were able to do surger in the liver even with the mets in the lung?
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replied October 23rd, 2011
My husband was just diagnosed with stage 4. But like u its in the colon and liver and lung. But its been so hard. Listening to so many doctors . I hope u r well
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replied March 16th, 2012
Hello sweetie....just reading survivor stories as my hubby was diagnosed in August 09, first of appendix cancer what we thought was just an appendicitis attack, then into the colon, 2' of colon taken out, after 3 rounds of chemo, found cancer had spread to the liver!! Yes, devastated to say the least, he Dec, 09 this would be Garys 3rd surgery and they did a 55% liver resection..a long hard road, of aggressive chemo and recuperating..now in Dec,2011, 2 nodules showed up in the pelvic area which were cancer..now removed and we are in remission right now..still having bloodwork every 6 weeks and coming upon the petscan for any more cancer. We are hanging in there and still planning on future of moving to the country..of course I am scared..but he wants to live life..tho his energy level is not good at all..but we go when we can..and he was only 54 when diagnosed..Blessings to you..contact me anytime...your friend...Ella
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replied April 27th, 2012
The desire to live is incredibly important. My wife was diagnosed almost 5 years and five major surgeries ago. At her last doctor's visit, she was 77 pounds fully clothed, but we smile every day. We laugh every day. We enjoy our time together. Neither of us knows what may happen tomorrow, but we are determined to enjoy today. I hope your husband is still doing well durr.
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replied March 16th, 2012
Hello sweetie....just reading survivor stories as my hubby was diagnosed in August 09, first of appendix cancer what we thought was just an appendicitis attack, then into the colon, 2' of colon taken out, after 3 rounds of chemo, found cancer had spread to the liver!! Yes, devastated to say the least, he Dec, 09 this would be Garys 3rd surgery and they did a 55% liver resection..a long hard road, of aggressive chemo and recuperating..now in Dec,2011, 2 nodules showed up in the pelvic area which were cancer..now removed and we are in remission right now..still having bloodwork every 6 weeks and coming upon the petscan for any more cancer. We are hanging in there and still planning on future of moving to the country..of course I am scared..but he wants to live life..tho his energy level is not good at all..but we go when we can..and he was only 54 when diagnosed..Blessings to you..contact me anytime...your friend...Ella
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replied November 22nd, 2009
I hope all goes well for you dove1, your fortitude is amazing. Thank you
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replied February 11th, 2010
I am a stage 3 colon cancer survivor from the age of 39! Through jesus christ I found strength, courage and faith. I was healed because the surgury was successful.
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replied February 13th, 2010
colon cancer awareness
I just want to respond to Hope-is_Key,I agree, I get mad when I see the breast cancer commercials ( I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in Sept of 09 still going through chemo) Anyway, I feel that people don't pay attention to any other type of cancer and it irritates me.I have promised myself that once I finish chemo, I know God has healed me already. That I will make it a point to make sure more people are aware of this form of cancer. Thanks for the encouraging stories and I will keep on fighting this disease cause I believe I'm winning...Smile
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replied February 22nd, 2010
To add to the above, my brother (59) was diagnosed in 2005 with Stage 4 CRC, with liver metastases and large scale lymph node involvement, including aortic.

He had the colon op followed by Xelox chemotherapy, liver operation then Xelox + Avastin.

He did have a recurrance on the liver in 2008, but had that out and is doing well again after having another course of chemotherapy.

Good luck everyone. I have heard over people having multiple re-resections and doing well in the case of liver mets.
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replied May 16th, 2011
I am a mom with three young children all under the age of 12. I was diagnosed in 2008 with stage 4 colon, with liver metastases. I went through surgeries and chemo and was cancer free until January 2011. During a check up they found a it in my lymph nodes in my chest. I am doing chemo again and they have told me there is no cure. I am so scared for my kids. It sounds like your bother has done with well with lymph node involvement. Can you shed any light?
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replied January 27th, 2012
It's not everyday I hear a situation like yours.... I was diagnosed with Stage IV colo-rectal cancer with mets to the liver May 2011... I too am a mother of young children; I have 4, my oldest is 7 years old. I find that writing them notes has helped me with the fear; I have a box where I keep them in... I hope to be the one to give them to them, when they are all grown up... But just in case I want them to know how much I love them... We take lots of pictures and video; it doesn't have to be a sad or fearful time... We've made some of our happiest memories since my diagnosis, probably because suddenly I've realized how short life can be... Live it to the fullest!!! Fear not!! God is bigger than cancer!!!
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replied May 23rd, 2011
How is your brother doing?
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replied May 23rd, 2011
How is your brother doing?
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replied February 25th, 2010
My father will be turning 61 this year. He has battled colon cancer since 2003. He had colon cancer which spread to his lungs. He has been living with a colostomy for about 7 years now. He has had chemo off and on for the last 5 years for the cancer that spread to his lungs.

He has battled so many sessions of chemo, that i really don't know how many more he can take. That last session made him really weak and dizzy. The doctor thought his tumor count was low enough to stop (100 or so).

Anyone know the life expectancy in cases like this? I love my father and really don't know what i would do without him!
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replied March 4th, 2010
I was recently diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer and am thankful for my quick acting doctor who had me in for a colonoscopy very quickly as my previous doctor had different ideas on my symptoms, I feel humbled though on reading the above patients stories and hope the patients have good outcomes.
J.M. Scotland
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replied April 16th, 2010
Thank you so much for sharing your stories. My dad has just been diagnosed again with bowel cancer. He was originally diagnosed in 2007 and had the tumor removed. Fortunately it had not spread anywhere at that time. A recent X-ray showed a shadown on his lung. It was originally believed to be lung cancer, but turns out the bowel cancer has recurred and spread to his lung. He is about to start Chemo for this. He has such a positive outlook, that I feel selfish when I get down about his situation. Still I try to remain strong for him. My little girl is only 2 and I don''t want her cheated out of her Grandad or him cheated out of watching her grow up. I love him so much. Thank you for showing me that there is hope out there.
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replied June 2nd, 2010
Colon Cancer survival
In 2006 I was diagnosed with stage 4 colonrectal cancer. My treatment was a very aggressive one. I was treated with three different types of chemo for six months. My tumor and leisons shrunk to half their oroginal size and some dissappeared. Then after seven weeks I was operated on. Complete colon and liver resection. My lungs to be operated on at a later date. Received more chemo after the operation along with radiation treatment. The three leisons on my lungs disappeared and today I am cancer free. Just be positive and take one day at a time. Hope all goes well for all of you.
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replied March 27th, 2011
Hey Rapunzle Smile My father was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon-rectal cancer and is now undergoing chemo. My question is : What kind of chemo did you go through?
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replied November 10th, 2011
Your story gives me hope. I am 58 years old and was just diagnosed with Stage 4
colonrectal cancer that has spread to my liver. Because of the additional lesions
thtoughout my colon I am not a candidate for surgery. I will start aggressive chemo
next week and then hope the lesions shrink enough for surgery later. I was told I
might live 24 months. I had breast cancer in 2006 with surgery, chemo, and radiation
and had just reached by 5 year mark. This diagnosis makes the breast cancer seem
like nothing. I am praying very hard for a miracle. I am not ready to die. I have two
wonderful children and a wonderful husband who are being very supportive. I am
trying to stay positive but it is really hard. I know I have a long hard battle ahead of
me. Thanks for sharing. I hope all goes well for you.
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replied June 4th, 2010
my dad was diagnosed with stage III B colon cancer 5 yrs ago and was operated on 5 yrs ago also. he had undergone series of chemo and radiation. he has been okay though last year, his cea level went up. in the first qtr of this year, his cea level reached to a high of 81. when he had a check-up, doctors found malignant tumors in his anus. he had another operation last month and his entire anus was removed. he stayed in the hospital for 10 days. 2 days after the surgery, he felt bloatedness in his stomach, complaining stomach pain and couldn't do bowel movement. he was re-admitted to the same hospital. now he's under observation. he has catheters connected from his nose to his stomach and he is on IV. he cannot control his urine and he's wearing adult diapers. what could have gone wrong?
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replied June 15th, 2010
I suppose by my age, it was not suspected that I could have colon cancer. I was treated for IBS several years, to no avail. My work was suffering because I was constantly sick and late for work. No one would listen to me when I said 'there is something really wrong'
In the final week before my first emergency surgery. I could not eat or drink anything without it coming back up. I ended up driving myself to the ER in excruciating pain to be told that I would need to call family members because I had an obstruction in my bowel and it was cancer. At the age of 39 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that was metastatic. They took out my left ovary and 12 inches of my colon.
About a year later, the cancer was no longer responding and new spots showed up in my liver and spleen. With a new regiment of chemo and no viewable places in my liver and only one left in my spleen, so far so good. 2 more treatments and a new scan will let me know how this batch is fairing.
I have found that although there will always be down days, an optimistic attitude is the best way to approach it. I know survival percentages but by knowing those, I'm making the best of my life right now. Enjoying every day.
Finding a cheap massage therapist has helped a lot and some say it improves blood flow. Whatever it is, $20 every other week to feel good has been the best investment. Whether it's my attitude, massages, the new drugs, prayers, eating better and overall care of my body, something is making a difference this time.
It may be a killer disease but we don't have to let it kill us on it's terms.
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