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geordiepea
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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:21:35 PM
Hello,

My mother has been recently diagnosed with colon cancer. She will be going in for surgery in a few weeks. The doctor said that the cancer has not spread to her organs, but may be in her lymph nodes and gone to her omentum (the fatty tissue surrounding organs). If it has spread to the omentum, my understanding is that it would mean it is stage 4.

I'm very worried, and hope that if it is stage 4 they would be able to offer her treatment that would somehow keep the cancer at bay so she could live for years (and years).

I would love to hear of anyone who has any personal experience with anyone in a similar situation, and did well. I need hope.

Thanks


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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:24:06 PM
My colleague's mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer three years ago. Doing well. Surprised her doctors.

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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:26:46 PM
Saying prayers for your family. I hope you find out good news soon.


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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:28:07 PM
Prayers for your family.


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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:30:16 PM
My mom just had surgery for colon cancer...according to her surgeon when he "looked" around it did not appear to be anywhere else. She has to wait a month to see an oncologist. Go look for my thread...lots of great info on it from many peas here.

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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:30:16 PM
I was diagnosed a year ago with stage 3A. It was in my lymph nodes. Did surgery and chemo for 6 months.

I am doing great today- it is gone as far as I know.

Please feel free to post or peamail me any questions.

One thing... don't worry about the what ifs until you know what you are dealing with. You will drive yourself crazy.

There are several other colon cancer survivors on this board.



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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:33:50 PM
I am a colon cancer survivor . What I have learned is that stats don't really mean much- sometimes those with worst stats have the best outcome. Just take comfort that diagnosis has occurred and treatment can commence. God bless your mum and know that I am praying for her x.


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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:34:15 PM
Prayers for your family.



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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:35:14 PM
My husband was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer last year. He does have mets to his liver but is currently doing ok with the chemo...I am hopeful that we will have him around for a very long time!

You can read about his story on my blog...there are a few parts to the story, written in May.

All my best to you and your Mom...it is scary. If you ever are looking for any support I would be happy to provide all that I can. You are not alone.

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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:37:49 PM
My grandmother had stage 4 colon cancer. It too never spread to other organs. That old bitch survived it just fine. A stroke actually got her in the end which surprised me (there was family abuse and she was a witch so ultimately I didn't care for her).


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Posted: 11/10/2013 8:42:54 PM
My grandmother had colon pain and "issues" for years. The family was dirt poor, though, so she didn't get medical care until the tumors grew so large that it completely blocked her colon. She was 50 years old

She arrived at the county hospital as an indigent patient, writhing in agony.

Surgeons removed the tumors, and released her. No chemo, no radiation, no follow up.

She lived another 48 years.


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Posted: 11/10/2013 9:17:19 PM
Thanks so much for all your responses. It does help to hear some positive stories. I'd love to hear more if there is anyone else out there.


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Posted: 11/10/2013 9:17:34 PM
Sending you and your mom some prayers for strength and healing.

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Posted: 11/10/2013 9:49:04 PM
You and your mom will be in my prayers.

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Posted: 11/10/2013 10:52:08 PM
I'm so sorry. I have no experience with colon cancer. Just want to send you (hugs) and prayers.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 10:01:03 AM
Sending prayers and positive thoughts. My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer a few days before Christmas 2010. It had spread to 1 lymph node. He had surgery and 12 rounds of chemo. This past Christmas he found out it had spread to a spot on his liver and lining of his "belly." He had 6 rounds of chemo, surgery, and 6 more rounds of chemo. His Dr. was very surprised to see it come back so quickly. It was likely do to the location of the original tumor. He just finished chemo a month or so ago and is slowly getting back to being himself...working, etc. It is a hard battle...I won't lie. But he is doing really well and the Dr's are very hopeful. That does wonders. I wish you and your family the very best.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 3:06:12 PM
If you contact the American cancer society at :
1-800-227-2345

The website is :www.cancer.org

There is a ton of information on the website and if you call them they will send you a huge packet (free of charge) with everything you could need to know about colon cancer, staging, all forms of treatment, side effects of the meds and radiation etc
I believe they even have a list of the best places to treat each kind of cancer

If it's diagnosed as stage 4, even if the prognosis is poor (months) don't think that's the end and don't let her give up.
I have a friend that was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer (twice) and was given 2-4 months. It's now 11 years later and she's still here and doing well.
She would not give up and thousands of people prayed for her. She used standard and unconventional treatments, which was totally worth it.

My prayers are with your mom


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Posted: 11/11/2013 3:19:43 PM
Wishing your mom the best of luck! My mom had stage 4 colon cancer that had metasticized to her liver when she was 65. She had two surgeries - one to remove the colon cancer and the second to resect her liver. The surgeries were followed by chemo. It took her about 18 months to get back to feeling somewhat normal but now she has been cancer free for SIX years!

She attributes her recovery to faith and a positive attitude - she is an amazing survivor.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:42:43 PM
I am a stage 4 colon cancer survivor since my diagnosis March 2009

Colon resection immediately
Ileostomy for six months
Chemo weekly for a year
9 tumors respected from liver
More chemo
Lung met a year later
Lung surgery
More chemo
Cancer free today and feeling great

Lots more survivors than people think at first
Prayers and incredible support system turned my story into a miracle

My best to your mom
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Posted: 11/11/2013 6:25:34 PM
My husband was not stage 4, but stage 3B. 5+ years and cancer free.

I highly recommend the colon club website. colonclub.com

They have a message board and it was SUCH a help when we were going through this.

Never give up hope!!! (hugs)

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Posted: 11/11/2013 7:42:30 PM
My Mom just found out last week that she has colon cancer. I'm pretty sure it is stage 4- she has had tests done all last week and we should get the results tomorrow.

I haven't googled anything because I don't want to speculate. My sister is google happy and full of "what ifs..." I don't work that way. I need to know exactly what it is and what we are going to do about it before I start tying myself in knots.

I'm glad to hear that it isn't necessarily an immediate death sentence. In my head I'm kind of prepared for that to be the case. Up until this thread I just assumed it was.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:08:42 PM
I work with someone who has had stage 4 and continued chemo to keep it in check for the last six years. You would never know it meeting her.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:31:41 PM
I can't tell you how much your posts mean to me. I don't post that frequently on the board, but read often. You have all helped me with your stories, thank you so much for sharing.

Stage 4 does sound so scary, but it is nice to hear that people can live with it. I needed some hope and am so thankful you took the time to share your own stories or that of loved (or in some cases, not so loved!) ones.

For those that are going through their own battle currently or have gone through it, I wish you all the luck and strength.

Thank you also for the prayers and kind thoughts.
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