• I am interested in info from surivors on what treatment they received and from where.

    Asked by canken on Sunday, May 4, 2014

    I am interested in info from surivors on what treatment they received and from where.

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    12 answers
    • Lamarcy21's Avatar
      Lamarcy21

      Kaiser took care of all my treatment and I was ever so happy with them. All tests, treatment, surgery, followup care, were coordinated by their teams of terrific, caring doctors and nurses. I was so glad to be in such a great HMO. I've seen people navigate cancer in other caregiver situations and it can be challenging.

      over 7 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar
      CrazyHarry

      Rectal cancer. Got treatment from Mayo Arizona. Started with chemo/rad for 28 days. Chemo was Xeloda. Surgery for tumor excision and temp ileostomy using laparoscopic procedure. Followed by 8 chemo treatments of FOLFOX. Then surgery to takedown/reverse ileostomy.

      Good luck to you.

      over 7 years ago
    • zubsha's Avatar
      zubsha

      Surgery and FOLFOX from Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. What and where are you thinking of?

      over 7 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      9 months from diagnosis and am using my Kitchen...lol
      Doing great but changed everything.
      Good Luck!

      over 7 years ago
    • Jenvivace's Avatar
      Jenvivace

      I went to MD Anderson in Houston. Amazing doctors and their system is very well integrated... Your doctors are constantly in contact with each other discussing you and your treatment. Probably that way at other major cancer centers too, but I had a great experience there! I had six weeks of concurrent chemo and radiation followed by an esophectomy for stage III esophageal cancer. Their GI department is amazing!

      over 7 years ago
    • canken's Avatar
      canken

      Hi there! thanks for the responses!! I am a caregiver and my friend was diagnosed with stage IV in Jan and began treatment at a local cancer office. They began with FolFox. We went for a second opinion at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and while we were there they found that the FolFox was helping the colon and liver but the ovary tumors had grown as well as a tumor in the Omentum. They changed her regime to Avastin, Irinotecan, and Xeloda pills. They said they won't do any operations until the chemo has shrunk all tumors to a small size. Does this sound normal? Also when the tumors are smaller she may be a candidate for Hipec... has anyone had this? Anyone have any suggestions or info we might need to know to make sure we are doing the right thing?

      over 7 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar
      booboo

      I was treated locally, at the Praxair Cancer Center in Danbury CT, just 5 minutes from my house. I would recommend this center to anyone in the northeast. They were great.

      over 7 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      The smaller the tumors the easier the surgery.
      Great Info on this site from the members!!

      over 7 years ago
    • glam's Avatar
      glam

      I am a stage IV B colon cancer survivor, had all my treatment done in Chile but with active second, third and fourth opinion got in Brazil and Argentina....my treatment is detailed explained in my journey here in this site but just as a summary it consisted of surgeries to resect all tumor and metastasis them chemo during a year with three different protocols....which were Folfox 6 modified+cetuximab, then irinotecan+cetuximab and finally vectibix by itself.....wishing you a very successful treatment and if I can be of any help just let me know that will be my pleasure to support you....God bless you and continue blessing all of us

      over 7 years ago
    • cuddles456's Avatar
      cuddles456

      Canken, We are going to Cancer Center of America in Philadelphia for a second opinion. What is your opinion of CCA? Also, what is HIPEC?

      over 7 years ago
    • canken's Avatar
      canken

      This far I like the approach they use where all the physicians you need are there and meet about your individualized care. We have only been once. Everyone was so nice and it is cost effective for having to travel. Meals paid, transportation paid, and I checked protocols against MD Anderson and also cancer sites and they seem right on target. Hipec is a surgery that is done when the chemo has shrunk the tumors very small then they go in and debulk (remove remaining spots) then wash the abdominal cavity with a hot chemo. Hoping my friend's chemo shrinks her tumors down enough to qualify but would like to find someone who has had the procedure.

      over 7 years ago
    • BCZ's Avatar
      BCZ

      I go to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. I had 5FU, LV and Oxilaplatin, plus 5 weeks radiation with chemo. Rectal cancer. I am still here 7 years later.

      over 7 years ago

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