Mar 12, 2004 - 4:44 pm
My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer (stage IV) in May 2002. He had one spot on his liver. Everything was removed during surgery. Then, he underwent chemo for a year (4 weeks on and 2 weeks off). I believe he was on campostar. In December 2003, he had a clean pet scan and normal CEA levels. As of March 2004, his CEA level has increased (it is now 8) and according to a recent CT Scan there is a spot on his liver. I believe that his CEA level was 9 prior to surgery. According to the oncologist, it could be one of two things. If it is cancerous, he believes that it most likely is operable. So far, our oncologist has been right at every turn. Following surgery, he would undergo six more months of chemo (new regiment). If not, we are okay. He will have a PET scan on Tuesday (3/16/04) and get the results on Thursday. According to the oncologists, most people who survive this form of cancer, usually have a recurrence at least once during the 5 year period. Has this happened to anyone else? I need any information that I can get. Thanks!!! I am trying to get my dad to participate in postings but that is tuff right now.