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    Celebration (Cancer is shrinking): mom went to the doctor back in february 2013 expecting to get scheduled for another petscan. her tumor markers came back at 4.0, the lowest it's ever been and within "normal" range. she's happy and doctor said, let's not scan since she's doing so well!

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    Pangea422 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Wondering what other people's experiences (caretaker or living with) with Stage IV colon cancer has been like. My mom has Stage IV and has a clean scan, but she is only 9 months since diagnosis and sugery. She is on a chemo maintenance program.

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      Avastin stops or slows tumor growth in metastatic colorectal cancer by preventing the growth of new blood vessels. It is an adjuvant therapy. Xeloda slows the growth of tumors. Both drugs have only been in use for a relatively short time (since about 2005), so there isn't any really long term use experience with it yet.

      Stage 4 may only mean that her cancer was metastatic, not that it still is. If her scan doesn't show any tumors or cancer cells sufficient to show up on the scans, she may in fact be cancer free at this time I am assuming the scan you are referring to was a whole body scan, and not just of the area that was surgically removed. If that is the case, these drugs should reduce the risk of recurrence. However, her oncologist's comment that you posted makes me thing that is not the case, so you may want to get some clarification on that from her oncologist.

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    Celebration (Remission): My mom just had a Petscan since starting treatment 3 1/2 months ago and the scan came back clean, meaning all the areas that were lit up before are no longer there! She was given the option to stop chemo, since she had such severe side effects, but doctor recommended a maintenance program, so she's still going to have Avastin infusion every 3 weeks, and take 2 pills of Xeloda a day for two weeks, then a week of rest. She feels better already, with this great news. She's stage IV, so doc says it's a matter of when it comes back, but I've heard stories of where it doesn't ever come back or it's taken years! Hopefully it never does. Thanks to everyone for their support on here!

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    hi, glad that you joined the site. my mom has colon cancer and is in current treatment as well. i've found this site to be a great source of information and support and hope you will too!

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