Nov 24, 2003 - 9:54 am
My Mom was diagnosed with colon cancer in January 2002. After surgery to remove the tumor and surrounding lympnodes, she began treatment with 5FU/Lycoveren combination. She became extremely ill with the typical dose so her dose was adjusted to 70% of the typical dose. She completed treatment in October 2002 and ended up in intensive care for 2 weeks, recovery for 4 weeks and rehab for 2 weeks. Her body just broke down because of the chemo. In January 2003, her CTScan indicated that the colon cancer had spread to the liver and lung. Believing that the incident the previous fall was the result of the 5FU, they started her on CPT-11. Two treatments of CPT-11 and she ended up in the hospital for two weeks. The next level of treatment they tried was Xeloda which she has taken since May. Unfortunately, the Xeloda is not working the tumors are still growing. We are going for a second opinion this week to see if she is a candidate for ablation. Liver ablation is common, but ablation of tumors on two different organ systems is not common. Is anyone familiar with ablation of tumors on two different organs? Needless to say we are praying this will be the answer. Any help anyone could provide will be greatly appreciated.