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    Liyhann wrote on Sasha1314's wall

    Hi Sasha1314: Welcome. I, too, am 54 with colon cancer. I was diagnosed last June. I'm doing pretty well, though treatment is continuing. Why is it you haven't yet begun treatment?

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    Liyhann wrote on dddannnc's wall

    Can you post a bit more about your journey? I would be interested to hear what you haveto say.

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    Through first round of chemo. Went well. Initial CEA in June of 365 down to 68 by December. However, waiting for confirmation (from insurance) that I can join a Johns Hopkins study so currently not doing any IV drip therapies. CEA back up to 178. But still feel relatively good - so... I'm still very optimistic!

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    Liyhann wrote on Heidi's wall

    Heidi, wishing prayers, good thoughts and love be your constant companion through this.

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    Decision Point: oooh kay. So now my oncologist suggests that we target the liver more aggressively. To review: I have colon cancer that has metastasized to the liver where the tumors are...well, "diffuse" ANYway, we are wondering since the CEA is sooo good, what can we do to "sterilize" the liver and then maybe just do surgery to take out the tumor (probably mostly scar tissue now) in the colon. So she sends me to talk to a local intervention radiologist. OMG. I live in Fairfax, VA - suburb of Washington, DC. If WE have our share of bad doctors, certainly every where else does, too. and I recommend you ALWAYS go for second, even third opinions. Also I've found healthgrades.com to be extremely accurate for the doctors in our area. Anyway, he gave me a 25% chance of success. What a nimrod. So we went to Johns Hopkins for a consult. What a GREAT place. I'm very optimistic after meeting with this doctor who essentially said, wow - your cea looks great - why not just continue what you are doing? So I'm going to run that past my oncologist...hmmm is this too long for the details section of these profile things...

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    Procedure or Surgery (PETscans & blood work): Ok so I had PETscans initially in June, then in Sept, then in Dec. They are easy except the part before the scan where you have to stay still (including eyes) while the radioactive gunk is circulating is BORing...

    I also want to mention here about blood work. My oncologist says that the thing that she looks at is the CEA which is a protein enzyme emitted by the cancer. So in the beginning before I had any chemo it was at 322 (june 2011) then Sept it was 140 after just three chemo treatments (woo!) then in October it was at 133, and the most recent was the December where it was 68.8 (Fall on your sword and admit defeat cancer!!)