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    plan2win asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Is radiation a possiblity with colon cancer (met to liver)? If so, what is the purpose.

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      Radiation is to shrink the size of the tumor. It will not "cure", but it is used to make you more comfortable, to aid in pain control, to aid in nutrition. Radiation made the tumor in my husband's esophagus go from the size of a golf ball (5+cm) to the size of a grain of sand (under 5 mm). Only a doctor can tell you if this is a possibility.

      almost 10 years ago
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      I had radiation for rectal cancer. For most cases, it is used to shrink the size of the tumor so then it can be removed surgically if necessary.

      In my case, I actually had the tumor removed prior to radiation (the doctors didn't think the tumor was cancer). I had the radiation to hopefully kill any cells floating around in the area which it did.

      Radiation is a painless procedure but the side effects are pretty intense. There is fatigue and burning and with the GI track, diarrhea and pain while going.

      I would definitely discuss all of the treatment options with your doctor and bring someone with you to the appointment to act as a second set of ears.

      Good Luck!

      almost 10 years ago
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      There is a kind of radiation treatment called Shaped beam radio surgery which completely takes away the tumor(s). I have had it several times and each time it has completely gotten rid of the tumors. If the would quit coming back life would be wonderful. Go to www.cancer.ufl.edu. It is the web site for the University of Florida's Cancer Center for more info.

      almost 10 years ago
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    Decision Point: Seriously??? After 6 rounds of chemo, the recent CT scan showed the masses in both the colon & liver are growing. How is that frickin' possible when the scan in October showed significant reduction in size. This is soooo frustrating for both my husband & I. We have an appt with oncologist on Jan 4th where the decision of colon resection surgery will be done, or moving to a new chemo therapy regimen. They both have their pros/cons, so we'll see what the doctor says.

    Feels like a kick in the teeth at Christmas...

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