The month of january 14, 2013 at 10:03 am
I’ve got a friend which has been through four models of Folfox chemotherapy treatments. He was identified as having stage 4 cancer of the colon in March. 2012.
Throughout his surgery, the physician removed the tumor from his colon and removed the lymph nodes which had cancer. In those days the physician found 2 spots on his liver and biopsied them.
After surgery, physician confirmed the 2 spots around the liver had cancer.
Here i am 3 several weeks later, my pal were built with a pet scan last Friday and physician told us today that that the cells of cancer on his colon seem to be gone, the 2 original spots on his liver seem to be gone, however two NEW spots have made an appearance on his liver. physician purchased an MRI with this wednesday.
Here’s my question…is this normal? Can cancer still still spread while you take chemotherapy? I figured chemotherapy would kill all the cells of cancer. Can be his cancer of the colon turning out to be liver cancer? Can he possess a liver transplant and prevent it? Would they just work on him and cut cancer (new and old spots) out?
He’s 61 and the only other condition is high bloodstream pressure. Any ideas, suggestion are greatly appreciated. Thanks,
The month of january 14, 2013 at 11:40 am
catdander forum moderator
Hi, I’m really sorry to listen to regarding your friend’s hard time. The very first factor you think of after studying your publish would be to help remind you that cancer has it’s horrible status for any reason. (For your information, I had been in your area in the past when my hubby was dx with cancer of the lung. I understood nothing.) Cancer is going to do what it really really wants to do. Sometimes you are able to guess or assume what it really might do but you need to believe that it’s not unusual to possess something unusual happen…oxymoronic yes however we’re speaking about cancer.
Regrettably we do not have cancer of the colon experts to provide expert content on specific questions regarding your friend’s disease.
Only a quick summary of how cancer works and moves with the body When cancer breaks removed from it’s original tumor it will so with the lymph system or even the bloodstream system. Which means it may have microscopic cells in your body without doctors seeing them. As your friend’s cancer has proven to spread from his colon to his liver it’s regrettably very feasible for it to appear again within the liver. If it’s cancer it most likely isn’t liver cancer it’s most likely cancer of the colon (cancerous colon cells which have traveled towards the liver).
Chemotherapy given after surgery provides the person a bigger percentage possibility of a remedy though again there aren’t any guarantees.
I really hope your friend does well even when he can’t be cured he might prosper for any lengthy while.
The month of january 14, 2013 at 11:49 am
Appreciate the data. Also, the physician stated he removed the affected lymph nodes during surgery plus they missed cancer in almost any of his other lymph nodes. I believe that’s great news. Also, he stated Richard’s bone marrow was “lit up” within the pet scan which was since they’re giving him meds to improve his white-colored bloodstream cells. Does that seem accurate?
The month of january 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm
catdander forum moderator
Yes pet scans measure cell proliferation to ensure that makes since.
The month of january 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm
The cancer of the colon hasn’t switched to liver cancer, but instead it’s cancer of the colon which has metastasized to (spread to) the liver, which is a type of pattern of spread for any metastatic cancer of the colon. Although hopefully to determine a cancer respond well by shrinking on chemotherapy or at best not growing onto it, regrettably we certainly can easily see cancers which are resistant enough they grow through good chemotherapy. I’m unfortunately it seems like this is actually the unfortunate situation your friend is facing now.
The month of january 15, 2013 at 6:09 am
The physician is keeping him on his chemotherapy schedule. Do you consider this really is advantageous understanding that cancer continues to be distributing and “growing”?
I know you’ve seen cases such as this before…what, or no time frame are you able to give? Prior to the surgery the doctors had stated Richard might have as much as five years with chemotherapy and 12 several weeks if he didn’t inflict chemotherapy. So, he opted to choose chemotherapy.
I won’t share these details with him, but I must know some form of time range. I’m acquainted with cancer for the reason that my mother had cancer and just resided 5 several weeks after her chemotherapy and she or he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma that “turned into” leukemia. Formally, she died of complications of leukemia.
If I’m interpreting the doctor’s serious and somber receiving the news yesterday, I’m thinking these new cancer cells appearing isn’t great news.
Many thanks for just about any insight you are able to provide.
The month of january 15, 2013 at 11:11 am
catdander forum moderator
When there’s an issue whether the therapy is suitable it’s very appropriate to obtain a second opinion. For a lot of reasons. This is a connect to your blogOrpublish about them. http://cancergrace.org/cancer-101/2011/11/13/an-insider’s-guide-to-the-second-opinion/
For a prognosis, doctors here freely admit that they’re bad at giving that answer. It’s also wise to not test to check your mom’s lymphoma/leukemia to cancer of the colon. There’s even hardly any need to put lots of credence into typically how lengthy lots of people with stage 4 cancer of the colon will live when speaking about one family member. A typical or perhaps median is a number, a solution to a math problem. Your friend fits somewhere but doctors are notoriously wrong when requested to guess about one person’s life time.
You’ll find out about trials within the publish i’ve linked you to definitely above. Since our doctors aren’t cancer of the colon specialists they won’t are conscious of promising trials, but there might be some available. If it’s believed that chemotherapy isn’t helping a trial may well be a excellent option. clinicaltrials.gov is really a place to look for trials in your town that could match your friend’s needs.
The month of january 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm
To be sure that it is bad news if you notice new lesions appear if somebody is on chemotherapy. However, I do not treat cancer of the colon, and I’ve never met your friend, so I am not the individual to provide a time frame.
I additionally agree that it is confusing the explanation for ongoing cure which someone has obvious proof of progression, unless of course there aren’t any alternatives, the progression is minimal or ambiguous, and/or even the treatment methods are perfectly tolerated; A second opinion can be a strong consideration, as Janine recommended.