thanks for all your advice, not sure what I am going to do but I will keep all suggestions in mind.
- Billerica, MA
- Member Since Mar 2017
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- Survivor: Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal Cancer
- Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 1 year ago, Female, Age: 50, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IV
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is it too late for a second opinion
@GregP_WN. We disagree. It doesnt mean anything terrible. Bet we could still have a beer and some laughs and be on good terms, ya know?
I would not expect a doctor to refer a patient to anyone who he thought might disagree with him. Perhaps you've noticed that on of the lines on many office questionaires is who referred the patient. Personally, I believe there is a defense system between doctors and that too many will simply back each other up despite the consequences to the patient.
I mentioned a surgeon I had run across who did not understand left and right. Another doctor told me "In all fairness, he was looking at your left and not his left." I did not let the defending surgeon cut me up either.
Actors neednt have any education but they manage to figure out the difference between stage left and their personal left. Sometimes stupid simply is what it is and defending it is even more stupid.
For myself, when I want more than one medical opinion, I seek them out completely independently of each other.
KC49, i hope you aren't offended, but I read your Profile and saw that you listed you are Stage IV (I am also). Because of that, I want to encourage you to call and go to a NIH-associated cancer center now to see what else is available for you. Clinical trials make available drugs and treatments while they are being researched that haven't yet been approved for the public.
Since it may take time to get an appointment, it's best to call for an appointment now while you are stable, and find out your options. Then if your health changes, you'll have a plan. Best wishes.
KC49 wrote on Coconut's wall
what about you? You are recurrent , does that mean your initial stage was lower? If so what was your chemo/treatment and what did it do for you?
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Coconut wrote on KC49's wall
Hi KC49, you have posted a question about the scan and i added to the answers given , but I would like to know , if possible , what kind of chemo therapy were used on you. I have colorectal cancer also with mets to the lungs and the liver .
oxiliplatin, the combination was called, I think . I took xeloda (pills) everyday then an infusion on the third week, something like that. It's amazing how much I have forgotten. The last time was last May 2016. I got really weak so we stopped and my tumors have been stable ever since.