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    Procedure or Surgery (Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)): Surgery was in May 31, 2012 and went as well as could be expected. Recovered well and easily from procedure.

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    Hi Peroll,

    I read your thoughtful response to MeggyinSF and after responding to her myself, I thought I would start following you and make a post to say, "Hi."

    Personally, I was diagnosed Stage IV Colon Cancer with microscopic mets to omentum and two lymph nodes in July 2012. Fighting the disease hard and hoping to live as long as possible with a goal of a full life span. Looking at long-term survivors like you and others uplifts the spirit.

    After 12 rounds of FOLFOX last year and a five round cycle of stereotactic radiation to knock out a lymph node, I'm now on 1000mg of Xeloda twice a day on a two weeks one and one week off cycle with biweekly infusions of 500mg of Avastin. Next scan is on March 16 with results on March 20. We'll see how things are going at that point.

    Best to you,
    Rick

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      Rick, Thanks to the comments. It looks to me like you have a good chance of being cancer free at some point. I know that they say there is no cure for stage IV but I personnaly believe that if it is found early and attacked vigrously that ity can be cured. If not now researh will make it happen in the future and we just have to live long enough to get there.

      I have learned a lot during my 8 1/2 year journey that I feel lucky to be able to share here with others. Hopefully I make it somewhat easierfor them than it was for me. Good Luck with your fight.

      almost 4 years ago
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    Radiation: After a PET scan in October noted a single iliac lymph node that had increased in size from my July PET, my oncologist referred me to a radiation oncologist for targetted narrow beam radiation to fry the one lymph node.

    It was a five-round cycle of every other day therapy that took about five minutes.

    Side effects were minimal with the most severe being some really debilitating fatigue with some minor bowel issues consisting of moderate diarrhea.

    Overall not bad. Now, I'm awaiting the results of a CT scan yesterday to determine my current status and to see if chemo and radiation did the job.