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June 22nd, 2010
colon cancer stage 4 chemotherapy cycles
Hi everyone!

on february 2009, my dad had a part of his colon removed and when they did a biopsy, they informed us he had stage 3c colon cancer. a few months after his surgery, they started his first line of chemotherapy. by the end of his cycle, his tumor marker was down to 2, the normal count we all have in our bodies. however, a few months after, his cancer came back and more tests show his cancer progressed to stage 4. he is currently undergoing second line chemotherapy and is set to finish july 2010, next month. His tumor marker went down to 40 and now it is back up to 56. the doctors say this is normal and that tumor markers go up and down. We are now preparing for another set of chemotherapy, his third line. What I would like to know is, how many cycles of chemotherapy have you gone through before you were cancer free or on remission?
I appreciate sites like these that let people with cancer and their families who share the same feelings as them talk and let others know about their experiences.

Thank you in advance and I am really looking forward to hearing from all you out there
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replied June 27th, 2010
Hi.
My wife is a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, first diagnosed Oct 2009, ct scan revealed massive mets to the liver (70% tumours), here in Philippines treatment was not easy to find, we went to Manila and were frustrated by doctors who did test's, ct scans again, consultation's without any treatment being offered, eventually they said, colostomy and palliative chemo, my wife was so scared by now she was ready to agree, but I was angry at 1 month frustration and said no, we will look for other treatment, I now thank God for that one month, as it gave me time to learn, and make informed decision's, instead of being rushed into treatments that were not good.
Eventually we found a good oncologist who wanted to start chemo, he agreed that any operation at this time was not a good idea, unless it was a life saving op (blocked intestine etc).,
Now we decided to combine chemo with alternative medicine, Diet, IP6, Beta Glucan, Lipisomal Vit C, etc., combined with prayer, positive attitude, support from friends and family, massage.
Slowly Winnie my wife began to improve and her CEA cancer marker dropped from 788 to now at this time 3.6 she has not had any operations (we refused) and now she is back to leading a normal busy, active life.
Although it is early to say cure, my wife tells anyone who asks "I buried my cancer not the other way round"

Should anyone want details and advise I am available to reply.

Stuart
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replied March 22nd, 2011
Can you please give me some more information on the Beta Glucan, Lipisomoal Vitamin C, IP6, & other alternative medicines? My mother is considered inoperable and the way I see it, this is a last ditch effort. I read about IP6 and it appears to be promising. What are the dosages you give your wife? And also, how do I know which brands are the best absorbed. I have read that some of the alternative medicines may claim to be potent when in fact they are not. Anything you can give me would be wonderful.
THank you very much.
-Melissa
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replied July 31st, 2011
Hi Stuart!

I'm also from the Philippines and my Tita was diagnosed to have colon cancer 2 years ago. She went through a surgery and chemo sessions. Almost a year later, her doctor found out that the chemo isn't working and the scan revealed massive mets to liver and lungs. She is already bed ridden at this time. Any operation is not an option. Doctor said her body cannot take chemo anymore. Seems like they have already given up hope of survival. But I'm not. Kindly give me more information about your oncologist. We would like another opinion. I also wanted to see if the alternative medicine you mentioned will work for her. Thank you in advance. Your story is really inspiring.

Mel
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replied October 25th, 2014
Gd day to everyone. I was diagnose with colon cancer last April 1013 with surgery and colostomy after 14 months the colostomy was closed last June 2014. I went to an oncology after my first operation and he offered me chemo but knowing the effects of chemo scared me so i went to see a Herbal clinic at Manila at Healthylife Herbal Clinic. I was there for two months with 2 sessions every week. After which a followup for another 4 months. REsult of my ultrasound shows no metastasis to other organs prior to my June 2014 colostomy closure. However my CEA increased after the closure from 2.4 to 6+. Now i refer it to another oncology last week and she gave me antibiotics due to minimal ascite in the abdomen and hopefully by God's grace my CEA will decrease after 2 weeks. I did diets on raw vegetables and carrots juices with yellow ginger and celery for over a year now. I pray that this will help those who wanted to go herbal many other herbal medicines were used like. chanka pedra, graviola, moringa, GI biotics, and many more. coupled with lots of prayers from my churchmates. God indeed work miracles yesterday today and forever!
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replied August 13th, 2011
hi Stu - your story is inspiring. My mom has had 2 operations - colon and hysterectomy and has underwent 6 sessions of chemo. (oxaliplatin). She has not lost her hair on the 6 sessions, but when doctors found out that there are nodules in the liver, they changed chemo meds. Right now in Aug 2011 - she was given new sets of chemo drugs - but she is really feeling weak on the new drugs. We have also tried some alternative medicines, and i wanted to know more about the ones you used. Are they available in the Philippines? Thanks and I hope I receive a feedback soon because I really need to make a wise decision and your help and response will be really helpful. God bless.
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replied October 18th, 2011
cancer survivor too
hi am also here in phillipines wer ru from...am stage 3b also can i meet u here..needs some friends too
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replied September 23rd, 2011
Stuart,

I am wondering how your wife is doing? I hope she is well. I will be following her story--very inspiring!
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replied April 6th, 2012
Hi Stuart,

I live in the Philippines too. My grandma has stage colon cancer. It has not metastasized to any other organs but she has multiple tumor sites in her intenstine which are threatening to cause a complete blockage. Also, pus has been coming out from her ileostomy site. Doctors are saying that pus comes from tumor necrosis meaning tumors that die inside. We are desperately wanting to save her because her son, my uncle is out of the country seeking treatment for another type of cancer. We want them to see each other again when he returns. May we ask what alternative medicine your wife took? what is IP6, Beta Glucan, Lipisolmal Vit. C. This might extend my grandma's life. Thanks a lot. May we call you since we live in the Philippines too? Pls email me your cellphone number. Thanks a lot.
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replied January 28th, 2013
Hi,

"A healthy inner ecology is the best defense against DIS-EASE. Keep healthy by addressing yout body's ecological balance, its gut integrity and overall immunity." - Dr. Bitanga Valeros

You can try Dr. Teresa Bitanga Valeros (NMD)USA & Philippines.

Mobile: +63917 5360102
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replied May 17th, 2012
More info on Winnie's treatment
Hi Stuart,

My brother lives in Manila and has Stage 4 colorectal cancer.

Can you help me with the details of her treatment and or her physician?

Thanks so much and lets pray she stays cancer free,

Scott.
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replied August 29th, 2012
Hi, m also from the philippines, can you also tell me abt the alternatives treatments, my dad has colon cancer also, not yet done with procedure to be done in his liver, my dad doesnt know aout his case that much, do you think its ok to wait awhile and think hard before going to a next treatment or should we be in rush for time is running is what i heard fr a lot...hoping we here in the philippines would have a group like this so we can share notes and help each others too.thank you.
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replied September 6th, 2012
hey guys. my aunt was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her liver. She was told by most doctors here in manila that its inoperable. a friend of mine from europe however recommended a liver surgeon who just got back from there and is now practicing at cardinal santos medical center. might be worth a shot?
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replied October 1st, 2012
Hi
Hi Stuart, I'm from Philippines too. My mother in-law have stage 4 colon cancer. Can you tell me about the alternative medicines and the doctor? Thank you very much. May God Bless your Family always.CHERRY
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replied October 19th, 2012
I'm also from the philippines, and I want to know how much it cost to cure a stage 4 cancer, or there are institutions we can call for help. Natatakot ako sa nanay ko, ayaw niyang magpagamot, Sad financially kasi talagang wala kami. thanks
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replied January 1st, 2013
Hi Stu46
I am very pleased your wife is doing well.
My best friend was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer with liver mets.
Her CEA levels were over 10000.she had energency bowel surgery to clear the blockage but not remove the tumour.
She is however receiving chemo...FOLFOX and was has had radio emboliization for the liver
Half way through and the CEA levels have dropped to 300 and everything is going well.scans show everything recieding.
There may well be options for surgery at a later date.
She has adopted a new diet and is taking various vitamin and other supplements...her attitude is amazingly positive and she has a constant belief that cancer will not beat her.
I am interested in what alternative therapies you tried and would recommend...I have just read about the Vitamin C high option and am researching it further....conflicting ideas so far...some say it is great,others talk of kidney damage.
Any guidance would be gratefully received
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replied October 6th, 2013
hi stuart,

My brother is also suffering in stage 4 colon cancer. can u give me some information about alternative medicine aside from chemo. Because he underwent operation for three times and it cannot be treated for chemo until not totally healed his wound and to have strong body. Is it normal for the patient of a colon cancer that his stomach do not accept foods and any liquids instead he's in pain? How can I contact ur oncologist? I ned more opinions in the case of my brother.... we spend lot of money for two months stay in the hospital but til now he is not given any treatment for his cancer.



spyke
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replied March 27th, 2014
hello stuart can i please get your contact like email or cellphone number? my dad just had a colostomy operaion because his large intestine has an obstruction of almost 70% as said by the gastro when he had a colonoscopy and they also found some tumors on his liver at around 8cm.
i hope you can give us a big HOPE and find a way to help my father because its very hard for all of us right now. we are still waiting the biopsy report but the doctors said it is 95% cancerous... we don't have the resources to go with chemo and radiation and i hope the alternative medicine can help us... please reply and GOD BLESS you...
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replied June 29th, 2010
First i just want to say thank you all for sharing your stories. today i felt scare and numb. i have my grandpa who was diagnosed with cancer 5 years (he is 81 right now)they found blood in his stool and before he could have had a colonoscopy he had left to peru. he had bunch of test and was diagnosed with colon cancer. he had surgery where the cancer cells were removed (i believe its the left side of the colon)anyways he had chemotherapy in forms of pills and was fine up to january 2009. (he came back from peru in march 0Cool on january 09 he had to be hospitalized because he was feeling dizzy and would get tired easily. when the doctor check his blood count he was sent to emergency room. (by the way he has thyroid issues since 05) anyways he had a blood tranfusion and was tested to find out why he was anemic. well they found nothing and was just told to check his diet. the problem is that everytime they do some type of colonoscopy (or whatever is called) they cannot get to a certain area due to his operation. well just recently on may he past out. he had some blood test and was again anemic. between jan 09 and march he was doing fine however between april and may his blood count drop again. now we find ourselves going to specialists and him taking bunch of test. the last test the doctor said he found abnormalities in the colon but because they can go towards this area of the colon they cant take a sample of the tissue and find out if is cancerous. we are waiting to see what other types of test can they do. i am scare because if this is cancer my grandpa is 81 he cant have surgery thats too dangerous and i dont think he can have chemo. i feel so powerless and scare. i feel like the odds are not good. i want to have faith but with his age it scares me... i know i must be positive and the truth is that i found this site and after reading all this articles i know i must be strong. thank you all for your stories and good luck with your families. i know cancer is the type of disease that cripples many families. my other grandma died of lukemia and it torn me apart. bless you all and thank you for your support
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replied August 5th, 2010
My father is 84 years old. He was diagnose stage 4 colon cancer. I wonder at this age can my father still have treatmnet? Anybody can tell me anything about this?
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replied October 1st, 2010
After reading all the stories on this site, and my own. It seems that the medical profession do not know what they are doing.1999-2000 I was missed diagnosed for nearly 12 months. Then after the opperation removel of anus rectum,now a colostomy bag and 2 years after the opperation was told the pain I was having was phantom pain but oops my bowel was in my pelvis due to the area where my anus,rectum had been came open.I have ongoing challenges with constapation, gastric or both at the same time. I feel they do not do enough to help.
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replied November 2nd, 2010
colon cancer
Hello everyone, and keep on fighting believing God can heal and will heal you. My younger brother who is 53 has stage 4 colon cancer, has had a colectomy and 2 rounds of chemo that he is still suffering effects from. His Dr wanted to give him more chemo and he said no. He has been doing alot of research and reading and has now decided from now on will only go with alternative methods. I just ordered MMS for him which is Miracle Medical Supplement by Jim Humble on the internet, please read about it. We are also scheduled to go to Mexico for alternative treatment next week who has had some success. If you know of anyone who has been to any of the Mexico clinics for cancer treatment, let me know. I believe the FDA deliberately keeps drugs out of this country that could put cancer in remission or even cure, and I am a cancer nurse!
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replied November 18th, 2010
massage during cancer treatment
i have dun beauty and was told not to perform a massage on a cancer patient as it transports the tumours to the other lymph nodes, please check with your doctor before having massages. wouldnt want them returning all through massage. good luck everyone. reading these stories are helping me as just found out my 77 yr old grandad has stage 4 . its reached his liver.. scary for us all xx
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replied December 2nd, 2010
Lymphoma, now colon cancer, my brother I have known...
My brother is fighting lymphoma and now colon cancer. His battle started in Jan 2010 at 72 years.
I would like to say, you all are winners, by waking up each day breathing.
Respect for life means a person keeps going until there is no more breath. Going does not mean with treatments, necessarily, but with what feels appropriate to the person.
To sustain loving relationships with the people around you is a win. To look forward to one thing a day is a yes.
To laugh one more time. To say thank you one more time. To praise the Lord one more time. This is winning in new terms. Define your own way to live, to win, to pass on your true values to those you love.
You are all winners in my book.
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replied December 6th, 2010
Stage 4 survivor
Hello everyone. I am one of the lucky ones. I am a Stage 4 colon cancer survivor and finished my treatments about 12 years ago. I'm 47 now and am grateful to my wife, kids, family, and friends that supported me throughout the ordeal.
Oh, and I still think of it every day.
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replied August 13th, 2011
how many sessions of chemo did you receive? i wanted to know because my mom is suffering from CRC and has had 2 operations now. i hope you get a chance to read my message. Thanks
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replied December 8th, 2010
Cancer colorectal
No doubt that the plants are the products that we thrive on these minerals. I remember a few months ago in findrxonline about that medicines as vicodin, lortab, norco, are causing severe side effects. And this is due by the lack of minerals in the body as according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences Americans that determine a better health care. Razz
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replied December 9th, 2010
Diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer
I found this website very inspiring, also many thanks to all the heroes who have shared their stories.
I am turning 36 later this month and have been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer today; have been misdiagnosed for over a year with piles, feel betrayed to say the least. The doctor informed me today that my liver has been infected and possibly my lungs (2 small nodes). My doctor recommended I have strong dose of chemo treatment. I just wanted to know how the chemo treatment will affect my life; possible side effects etc. I need to start a new job in January and would like to get a feel what type of impact this might have on my new employer.
please let me know?
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replied December 25th, 2010
Last stages of cancer?
My mother has had 5 surgeries and the last time providence medical center performed a surgry on her to get a stint changed she never walked again after the surgery was complete and since then she was having very very bad pains in her legs due to the bad surgery. she had a mass in her back and she went to missippi and got radiation and chemo then she returned to kansas to find the mass had melted onto her spine and internal organs. So they performed another surgey and removed the masses and performed chemo again. Then after the chemo they said she beat the cancer. But the pains continued in her legs and back so they referred her to shawnee mission medical center in kcks and they replaced the stint that was put in with a new one because the previous one was put in wrong.But she still never walked again like a normal human being. so they ran more test and said her bone by her lower spine was deteriorating causing her to not be able to walk. but remember she was walking before the stint was changed. thats when they introduced the pain pump saying this was the only way she would be able to walk normal again from the pump delivering a pain med allowing her to not feel the pain. So she got the pain pump and six months later shes lying in the hospital weighing 76 lbs due to not eating from loss of appetite. from what the doctors claiming the loss is due to being over come by the cancer she had beat but came back and now has become worse. Xmas eve was my mothers birthday and she turned 61 today is Chrismas and my mother is home with her family after being in the hospital for a week still unable to eat being pumped full of pain meds they sent her home on hospice she has a hospice bed with a iv running 500l of fluids aday being pumped full of 6 different pain meds with one having 20 side effects she still hasent eaten in three weeks and i asked for a feeding tube and was told it wouldnt do nothing but feed the cancer. my mother is still alive fighting for her life and i feel her life is in my hands because every one else has counted her out I am in deep pain from seening my mother spend her 61st bday in a bed unable to do nothing but groan and moan from pain she dont even talk any more i still believe there is hope if only i can find the right person to help us before its to late
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replied January 20th, 2011
My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer after his colonoscopy procedure, the doctor said that surgery is impossible, it spreads in the lungs and in the liver. pls advise..what can we do?
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replied May 5th, 2011
hi shee.. wer u frm d phils. i have a frend his a cancer speacilist here in the Phils. cured n treated lots of people with cancer..may clinic sya sa qc.
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replied August 14th, 2011
Hi Beej!

I'm also from the Philippines and my Tita was diagnosed to have colon cancer 2 years ago. She went through a surgery and chemo sessions. Almost a year later, her doctor found out that the chemo isn't working and the scan revealed massive mets to liver and lungs. She is already bed ridden at this time. Any operation is not an option. Doctor said her body cannot take chemo anymore. Seems like they have already given up hope of survival. But I'm not. Kindly give me more information about your oncologist friend. We would like another opinion. Thank you in advance.

Mel
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replied October 18th, 2011
hi saan sa qc? am also a cancer patient
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replied September 6th, 2012
hi shee, a friend of mine who works in europe recommends a surgeon oncologist who came from there and just got back here in manila and is praticing at cardinal santos medical center. my tita was also diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer spread to the liver. I think the specialty is called hepatobiliary surgeon.
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replied September 6th, 2012
hi shee, a friend of mine who works in europe recommends a surgeon oncologist who came from there and just got back here in manila and is praticing at cardinal santos medical center. my tita was also diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer spread to the liver. I think the specialty is called hepatobiliary surgeon.
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replied September 6th, 2012
hi shee, a friend of mine who works in europe recommends a surgeon oncologist who came from there and just got back here in manila and is praticing at cardinal santos medical center. my tita was also diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer spread to the liver. I think the specialty is called hepatobiliary surgeon.
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replied January 20th, 2011
to stuart,

Kindly help me, who is the name of your oncologist?Im also from the Philippines.
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replied January 20th, 2011
Starting the Stage IV fight
I was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer in October 2010. I initially did not read about it or request to know the survival statistics. Curiosity got the best of me and I learned that the survivors are definitely in the minority of the population. I know that I can be in this group nonetheless. I have made a lot of lifestyle changes in an attempt to give myself the best possible chance. It appears that the treatment for this cancer is pretty standard. Chemo/radiation to reduce the primary tumor, followed by resection, followed by more chemo with Avastin. I've had three treatment opinions to be certain. Consequently, the only difference in success or failure appears to be the patient themselves. I am looking for the keys to those who are successful as there are many aspects of lifestyle/attitude/spirit/environment that contribute to a person. I have had a successful resection (no colostomy or even illeostomy) thanks to a great surgeon. There is still an affected lymph node and lung nodules (4 total in both lungs). I am scheduled to begin round two of chemo today which will be followed by Avastin in approximately three weeks. I am asking long-term survivors to share their stories about those things that they did that they attribute for a successful outcome. I am trying to identify and replicate those things to increase my chance of success and long-term survival. Thanks to all and keep up the fight!
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replied February 4th, 2011
Hi everyone

I am glad I have found this site. We all understand what each other are going through.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 in August 2008 (although I did not realise it was stage 4). I was rushed to hospital in the July due to bleeding profusely from my bottom. I was told a had a large polyp and they tried to remove it. The surgeon told me he could not remove all of it and would have to operate again to get the rest. I was then allowed home, and a few days later was called back to the hospital. They told me they had tested the polyp and I had cancer. My whole world fell apart. I was 42 and had 2 small children (2 and 5) During the next 24 hrs I was on a rollercoaster of emotions, angry, devasted, scared and then suddenly determined. I could not bear the thought of dying and leaving my family.

After 3 different kinds of scan (ct, mir and pet) I was told that the cancer had spread to my liver and my right lung (possibly the left too). In October 2008 I had 3 months chemo using 2 drugs, in April 2009, had 1 week of radiotherapy and then an operation in April to remove the cancer from my colon, which has resulted in a permanent colostomy.

In December, had around 2 thirds of my liver removed. The scan showed in March 2010 that the cancer was back in what remained of my liver. I was devastated, but after a couple of days, I picked myself up and thought, right, this is like a boxing match, I may have lost round 1 but I will not give up. So, boxing gloves back on, ding ding round 2.

In April 2010, had another 3 months chemo (same 2 drugs as before), in September had RFA treatment on liver and in November had part of my right lung removed. I have just had another scan yesterday and am awaiting results with everything crossed.

I am so glad I am still alive and I appreciate every day, week, month and year that I have. I have been able to stay and watch my children grow and I pray that someone will look after me and let me stick around much much longer.

Stay positive always. Its good to have a cry occasionally, but then pull yourself back together and enjoy what time we have left. In some ways we are lucky because we know our time is limited, we can try to do some of the things that we may have put off and never done. Other people who are in plane or car crashed etc don't get that chance.

By the way, I agree with the earlier post regarding breast cancer. No disrespect to anyone with breast cancer, but why is it always breast. There are so many different kinds of cancer devastating peoples lives and all of them should be publicised equally.

Keep up the good work everyone, stay positive and enjoy life as best you can x x x Maybe we can beat this
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replied March 27th, 2011
Hey Smile My father was diagnosed with the same exact thing on feb 20th of 2011. He is 65 years old. I just admire your courage! you have really helped me look at this disease in a whole different way. I shall pray for you! Smile Can I ask what kind of drugs your doctor used? My father is doing chemo followed by Avastin. Stay strong!!
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replied February 16th, 2011
Newly Diagnosed
My fiancee was diagnosed abouta month ago after being told several time she ahs irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and God knows what else . I am trying very hard to b eoptimistic and supportive.He is at the stage of anger and irritability. I am not evenhome to help,but i tell him i love him and support him financially right now. He is only 36yrs old. We were planning our wedding fo rAugust 6, 2011.He is going for his second round of chemo and i found some informationabout Laetrile/B17, does anyone use this treatment and if so did it help? i wanthim to live and is very distraut and confused. Please help
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replied February 16th, 2011
Colon cancer stage 4 spread to liver and lung.
I have colon cancer in NoV 2009. They removed colon cancer and I have to wear colostomy permanently. 4 months later they biopsy 3 tumors in liver and found it is positive. After 11 cycles of chemo, two out of three tumors disappear and the third large one is shrinking smaller and smaller. Doctor said they will do the operate and cut the left liver at the end of this month. But through last thursday CT scan they found a new spot at lung and they put the operation on hold and will let us know. If you have the same type that I am facing now then please help and share. I am deeply thank for your sharing through this my tough time and i pray for others who have been going through the tough time like me.
Thanks
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replied March 17th, 2011
What was the alternative medicine used and what are the doses?
stu46 wrote:
Hi.
My wife is a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, first diagnosed Oct 2009, ct scan revealed massive mets to the liver (70% tumours), here in Philippines treatment was not easy to find, we went to Manila and were frustrated by doctors who did test's, ct scans again, consultation's without any treatment being offered, eventually they said, colostomy and palliative chemo, my wife was so scared by now she was ready to agree, but I was angry at 1 month frustration and said no, we will look for other treatment, I now thank God for that one month, as it gave me time to learn, and make informed decision's, instead of being rushed into treatments that were not good.
Eventually we found a good oncologist who wanted to start chemo, he agreed that any operation at this time was not a good idea, unless it was a life saving op (blocked intestine etc).,
Now we decided to combine chemo with alternative medicine, Diet, IP6, Beta Glucan, Lipisomal Vit C, etc., combined with prayer, positive attitude, support from friends and family, massage.
Slowly Winnie my wife began to improve and her CEA cancer marker dropped from 788 to now at this time 3.6 she has not had any operations (we refused) and now she is back to leading a normal busy, active life.
Although it is early to say cure, my wife tells anyone who asks "I buried my cancer not the other way round"

Should anyone want details and advise I am available to reply.

Stuart
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replied March 26th, 2011
Another survivor Here
My husband was diagnosis Nov 2008 on Thanksgiving Day with stage 4 colon cancer with multiple mets in his liver. We thought he had irritable bowels with stomach pain and little blood in his stool. He was 38 years old and he was never sick. The ER Dr did a CT and told us this shocking cancer news. From the Drs all we heard was "I'm sorry". One Dr pulled me aside and told me it was not good and that my husband had maybe 5 months to live. They wanted to give him morphine and put him on Hospice. During that first 24 hours in the hospital we asked family and friends to give us some time. We cried,prayed,worried about our 3 children and then called our pastor. He reminded us first and foremost that God was in control and that He really was with us.Before dealing with family and friends we knew we had to first face our own fears. Our first fear was that Mike would die but we talked it over and prayed together and we agreed that it would only mean that he would get to see Jesus and Heaven sooner than we expected. Talking about heaven gave us a peace knowing the end of this battle was him forever enjoying Heaven. Then our 2nd worse fear was the future plans about what treatment was next (one test can change everything) if, how and when he would get treatment. We then decided to take only one test result at a time, one surgery at a time and one day at a time. We couldn't worry or let others(like family)question us about future plans or all the possible what if's in our future.We would not allow them to act like he was a "dead man walking". We simply would reminded them we could only deal with what we knew and not opinions only facts. Our 3rd fear was money. We had no insurance and no money. Once again we would take one day one test or procedure at a time and just pay anything we could. Medicaid came in and he never has had a lack of medical care. Once this was settled we actually slept the 2nd night in the hospital. We were ready to fight and we had such a peace facing this battle and reassuring friends and family.Sounds strange but the worst that could happen was Heaven?

The oncologist told him the next day he could help him and there really was hope. We decided to search for any Dr who would give us hope. He was sent to Shands in Gainesville, FL. They put a colon stent in (since his colon was almost completely blocked)and he had 3 months chemo to shrink the tumor. He then had colon surgery and recovered for 8 weeks and went back and had liver surgury with 2/3 right side of his liver removed. The cancer on his left lobe of his liver shrank with chemo and was no longer visible. He then had 3 more months of chemo. This time the Dr gave him 3 pills of Emend to relieve the nausea. He called it the "Cadillac" pill since Zofran was just a "Buick". With Emend Mike felt no nausea after chemo. After treatments his CEA returned to normal and Jan 2010 he was cancer free at 40 years old.

Then a test in Oct 2010 shower elevated CEA and a CT showed cancer on his left liver lobe. He went back to Shands Jan 2011 and they removed part of the right side of his liver. He recovered well and went home 8 days later. Today he feels and acts like he never had cancer. We never stopped living one day at a time and we look forward to the future God has for us. The Dr will be starting him on 6 months of oral chemo pills to kill any cancer cells they can't see. We learned to look for the positive and search for hope. I was so excited to see others who are winning this battle too. Since he was diagnosedIt has been 2 years and 4 months and we are still counting. Your all in my prayers.
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