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Can metastatic cancer be cured?

aleftina
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My doctor said there is a small chance of metastatic cancer being cured, he didn't give the number, but said he had one patient who had a "complete response", so I realize it must be a very small persentage.

Then I posted a thread in Metastatic Cancer Forum and received a reply from a lady: "Metastatic cancer is VERY RARELY cured - it is often kept in check for months - or a year or so - but then the drug stops working because those cancer cells mutate much like all the bacteria and bugs in our world - smarter than we are." (see my thread "Metastatic colon cancer" for her reply). If this is true, it's pretty depressing.

aleftina
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I just re-read my post, it sounded too depressing. I am not that depressed, I mean if it's true, it's not that great of a news, but I am not giving up or anything. Just want to know what am I up against, that's all. Generally, I am pretty hopeful and cheerful, I appreciate life so much now, but don't want to be too gullible, you know.

KrisS
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Joined: Apr 2003

It is true that metastatic cancer is rarely cured, and I guess that being true, I have tried to make preparations for that possibility for myself a while ago. But I haven't given up on enjoying life, having fun, trying to be useful, or fighting. Rare is not never. Even if the percentage of cure is 0.1%, it is 100 percent for that person, and I am going to try to be one of those by trying to take as good care of myself as possible to hold out for some of the newer treatments that might increase the chance of sucess.

Here is hoping that something like that happens soon for all of us.

Kris

aleftina
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I am sure people with faith, cheerful attitudes and their sleeves rolled up and going after the cures are the ones that make up the whatever small percentage that gets cured! So let's be the ones!!!! Tina

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2bhealed
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YOU GO GIRL!!

peace, em

aleftina
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God's speed to us all. :)))

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cheer3
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Hello Kris, I love your attitude.We must be positive and pray for something new to come our way.
I too have metastatic colon cancer to the liver.I have gone with the agressive treatment.I have had colectomy, liver resection, and on two types of chemo for one year. I tested free in August. I will be re tested in Jan. The oncologist surgeon who did my liver resection said I had a 60% chance it would be back in two years.I am going with the 40% chance it won't. I am eating and doing everything for my liver. We must not let anyone take our hope from us. Stay strong and keep smiling. Jean

boosh
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Joined: Mar 2004

Hi, I am brand new to the network and am a metastatic colon cancer patient since September,2002. My surgeon removed the ascending colon and ablated the two small tumors in the liver. The chemo treatment was very aggressive from 9/02 thru 10/03 including oxilaplatin and 5FU on a pump for 2 days each visit. The surgeon is very optimistic as my CEA count has gone from 9.9 down to 2.4 while off chemo. He said if it returns they have all the tools to get rid of it, but HE REALLY DOESN'T THINK IT WILL RETURN. How about that for the right attitude. Would appreciate hearing from anyone regarding proper nutrition. We just read in the newspaper that sugar should be avoided. Good luck and may God bless you. Boosh

theresejo
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Joined: Feb 2004

don't give up - - my oncologist says that he has been treating a woman w/metastatic breast cancer for 10 years

swmets
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Joined: Feb 2004

My doctor has a record mets patient - 40 years!! I almost didn't believe him, but I trust him. Although I am now 52 & fighting my mets for 3 years - I told him I will beat that record. He just laughed a little & said - possible! Never give up!

aleftina
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Monika, it's funny, when I read 4%, my reaction was WOW that's more than I thought! I think I imagined it to be like 1% or something. A week ago I was wondering if 40% response was worth trying Oxilaplatin. :D Hey, 4% of a 100,000 is 4,000!

aleftina
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Monika, if there is no evidence of the disease, why are her chances slim? You mean it will come back again, that's why?

aleftina
Posts: 102
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That's a bumber! We really do need better treatment for cancer. One must have something to hope for. :(

aleftina
Posts: 102
Joined: Nov 2003

Praying is great, sustains me also. Did you/your mom use any of the prayer services around? I called Unity prayer from the hospital the night before surgery and the surgeon canged his mind 2 hours before surgery to cut me open and go instead with laproscopy to see what's in there, I consider it a miracle, I probably would be stuck in bed with a 10 inch scar if they opened me up just to see that the cancer was inoperable. So I am thinking about calling or emailing prayer services to pray for me. Do you know any good ones?

aleftina
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Joined: Nov 2003

Saw Deepak Chopra on PBS day before yesterday: "The Soul of a healing", it was very interesting. They are selling the tape of it for $120.00

Other_Half
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Joined: Mar 2004

I'm afraid the only thing Chopra has cured is his personal poverty, if he ever suffered from it.

See quackwatch: http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/chopra.html

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