plan2win's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Male, Age: 59

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    • plan2win
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Husband (53 yrs) diagnosed 8/1/11 following a routine colonoscopy with stage IV colon cancer, metastasized to his liver with several masses. He just had round #6 of chemo infusion last week along with his xeloda chemo pills for the next 10 days. This last round was postponed by a week because he had such a hard time shaking the side effects - he has severe neuropathy in his hands & feet which usually goes away within a week following the infusion. The other side effect he's having troubles is his severe aversion to cold (weather, fridge, drinks etc.) Unfortunately we live in Alaska and are going thru chemo in the WINTER!! He continues to work full-time but is soooooo tired. I admire him for plugging along and doing everything he can to continue his life in the manner he is used to. His attitude is so upbeat! We were told by several doctors the cancer can not be cured (because of the liver), but they can treat to extend his life to a year "or so." I am scared, I am mad...

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    • plan2win
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Seriously??? After 6 rounds of chemo, the recent CT scan showed the masses in both the colon & liver are growing. How is that frickin' possible when the scan in October showed significant reduction in size. This is soooo frustrating for both my husband & I. We have an appt with oncologist on Jan 4th where the decision of colon resection surgery will be done, or moving to a new chemo therapy regimen. They both have their pros/cons, so we'll see what the doctor says. Feels like a kick in the teeth at Christmas...

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