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    Celebration (Cancer is shrinking): I began chemo once again at the beginning of 2012 for the tumors in my left lung. After several weeks I was encouraged when it was found that the tumors were shrinking. And finally in July the pet/ct scan could no longer locate the tumors. I am currently free of treatment once again. I am trying to enjoy every day now and am generally feeling well. My daughter was married last week and we had a wonderful trip to the wedding site. What a blessing! Knowing that my disease is "chronic" I do think about it returning but I try not to worry about it. I know now that I am a good fighter and will continue to fight this disease wherever it pops up next.

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    Oh No (Cancer is back/Recurred ): At the end of 2011 it was discovered after a pet/ct scan that the cancer had recurred in my left lung. It was the end of my "vacation" from the disease and it was time to go back to work. It does seem like a job at times.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): I was then free of any treatments for about a year.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): After having chemotherapy for about a year and one half I had another review with the City of Hope. I had had a couple of visits to them in between as well. It was found that one of the tumors in my liver could no longer be detected and the other two had shrunk considerably. Each of the two remaining tumors was on a differrent side of my liver. Even though the liver will regenerate itself, the surgeon could not remove both tumors at once as that would have meant nearly taking my whole liver. Shortly before Christmas 2010 I had surgery to remove 40% of my liver. I did well with the surgery and had no complications. But the surgery was very serious and recovery was a little difficult. The plan was that I would have another surgery in a few weeks to remove the other tumor but I decided against it. A pet scan had shown that there was no activity there and I couldn't see putting myself through another serious surgery.

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    Decision Point

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    Decision Point (Surgery and/or more chemo): I decided to seek a second opinion. At that time we had been notified by our insurance carrier that coverage was extended to a group of cancer treatment centers in the U.S. I decided to contact the City of Hope in southern California as we were from there originally and our children still lived there. After providing them with some info., I was quickly given an appointment. I was told at that time that, unfortunately, the tumors on my liver were still too large and that one of them was too close to one of the major blood vessels in my liver to be able to do surgery. It was agreed that I should continue with the chemo and come back again for another review in a few months.