• Advanced colon cancer to liver

    Asked by Pilldr on Saturday, October 5, 2019

    Advanced colon cancer to liver

    I had a right hemi colonectomy Jan. 12, 2018., followed by FOLFOX for 6 months..PET and CT showed no cancer. 3 months later a PET and CT reviewed the cancer had metastasized to my liver. Had right lobe liver resection surgery, April 4, 2019 and follow up CT and a PET showed no signs of cancer. Three months later the cancer was gone. Went to MD Anderson and they confirmed that the cancer was gone. They said I needed a CT every 3 months. When I had my 3 month follow up, the cancer had developed in the old portion of my liver. I am now in chemo and on FOLFIRI plus Avastin. for 3 months. Expect to have follow up ablation of the three new tumors after chemo. QUESTION, has anyone had a similar experience and what was the outcome? MD Anderson says a cure is still possible.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      I am not a patient, I'm an oncology nurse. Although MD Anderson is stating they are treating with curative intent...to date there is no verified cure. But I can tell you this, in a way they are right in that you have miles to go...miles to go. I see this all the time with colon and with ovarian and by no means is it a death sentence. Cancer has become a chronic disease...you just learn to live with it like arthritis or diabetes. Enjoy life, find a goal and never take your eye of it. Soon enough these trying moments will be a memory. Best of luck to you.

      10 months ago
    • Pilldr's Avatar
      Pilldr

      Thanks for your comments. Liver cancer can’t be cured but colon cancer can. Colon cancer in the liver is the only liver cancer that can be cured. I have colon cancer in my liver. There are plenty of accounts of cures in the literature. My problem is the circulating broken genes. I’m looking at a study aimed at stoping that. I was cancer free after my liver resection!. Unless I get into a study it will continue to come back.

      10 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Sorry for your recurrence, I know that feeling when they have told you how well you are doing one month to being told that you have to start over again. I've been told that twice for two recurrences. I've not had your type, I've had Hodgkin's twice and head and neck once. My head and neck is the most concerning now. I've been 11 years since end of treatments and I wince every time I go back to have a checkup or any time I feel something going on in my body. I wish you the best and hope you get it to a manageable state.

      10 months ago
    • Pilldr's Avatar
      Pilldr

      Thanks! Good luck in your continued remission.

      10 months ago
    • Kbaarch's Avatar
      Kbaarch

      I am in the same “boat”. 6 folfiri w/Avastin ( had three so far) recurrence in liver after 18 months- one lit up spot on pet scan. Also have new oncologist. Maybe surgery later- as yet unknown.
      Expected to be never ending, chronic treatment.
      We’ll see how much that I can stand.
      Good luck- some of us will make it.

      10 months ago
    • Pilldr's Avatar
      Pilldr

      Good luck. I hope you are one of the lucky ones.

      10 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      Best wishes that chemo and an ablation knocks this back. I am a Stage IV rectal cancer survivor - just celebrated my 5 year anniversary of diagnosis. Extensive lymph node involvement and one met in my lung that they zapped with SBRT radiation. I don't considered myself cured, but I am in a long term NED, aka remission.

      10 months ago
    • Pilldr's Avatar
      Pilldr

      Thanks. I hope your remission continues and you continue to do well.

      10 months ago

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