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    Troy has had his 2 surgeries, and now the Dr. says he gets a chemo holiday! He is very excited. This has been a long year, but he has adjusted so well to the ileostomey. limited side effects with the chemo. and is back to doing the things he has always done, the Dr. says we have a long road ahead when it attaches to another organ, in the meantime we will fight and conquer! as we will take each day as a blessing :)

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      GregP_WN

      Yep, what's that song? One day at a time, sweet Jesus, One day at a time.......

      almost 4 years ago
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      sassygal51

      Amen, and each day is a blessing :)

      almost 4 years ago
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    Today we did a consult for radiation, good Dr. she has decided to postpone it until troy has chemo since it has spread to his liver she says that is more important to take care of first. She did tell us it is stage 4, no-one told us the stage before. This is so much to take at one time, when they ask if we have questions I am sort of blank!

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      Pete21870

      I also have stage 4, and it's spread to my liver. He's a lucky guy u seem to be very supportive, It's great to have loved ones fighting along side of us. Stay strong for the both of you

      over 4 years ago
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    sassygal51 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    What exactly is a Pet scan?

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      FreeBird

      Hello. Here's a good page from the National Cancer Institute that explains the various scans http://imaging.cancer.gov/patientsandproviders/cancerimaging/nuclearimaging

      It's really clever. Knowing that the cancer uses more sugar, they basically use radioactive sugar to track where it goes, and the areas where there are tumors light up like a christmas tree on the scan. If it wasn't so horrible, it was really interesting looking at the scans.

      over 4 years ago
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      Peroll (Best Answer!)

      Freebird's link explains the scan better than I could but you need to know that not only cancers light up in PET scans. Healing from recent surgeries, and maybe 100 other things can light up on a PET scan so do not take a light up as gospel but as one of may clues. I my self had a torn rotator cuff light up on my last PET scan. Told me why my shoulder was hurting for the past 10 years. MRI cponfirmed it was a rotator cuff and not cancer there. Also PET scans do not work on the brain as the brain reacts to sugar just like cancer and gobbles it up. If you get a positive on the PET scan be sure to ask your doctor what else it could be and do not necessarly accept right away that it is cancer..

      over 4 years ago
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    What exactly is a Pet scan?

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      GregP_WN

      Hi Sassy, you posted this as an update, and only the people who are following you will see it. REpost it in the questions tab and you will get lots of information.

      Thanks for being here and let us know if we can help with navigating the site in any way!

      Greg P
      Team WhatNext

      over 4 years ago
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    First intial visit with Oncologist, man this can be scary but she was awesome! Troy starts chemo and radition once he is stronger from the surgery, in the meantime we have a wedding to plan! :) he is the most amazing man, full of hope and and positive thoughts!