Apr 12, 2004 - 11:56 am
My dad was diagnosed 16 months ago with stage 3 colorectal cancer. He had surgery to remove the mass as well as 12 lymph nodes, of which 4 were positive. He had radiation and chemo, after which the cancer returned. He had another round of chemo (Camptosar, this time) and got a clean CT scan 2 months ago.
Last week he went for another CT scan, and had his doctor visit this morning. The doctor is saying that although the CT scan is still clean, and he can take a break from chemo, that it's only a "break" and eventually the cancer WILL be back. Not MIGHT be back, not MOST LIKELY will be back, but WILL be back. When he asked her if his cancer was incurable, she said "yes". No one has ever told us that before. I've heard that stage 4 is incurable, but is stage 3 as well? Is this really true?
Can I PLEASE ask for success stories that I can share with my parents? I know this doctor is not God, and only He knows for sure, but can I please have some proof that long term survival is possible after a stage 3 diagnosis?
He was just starting to race again. He was just feeling good again. We were just starting to relax again.
The doctor also mentioned some "spots" on his liver that we were always told were just cycts, and nothing to worry about. Now she's sending him for a PET scan, and she said that if he has no tumors in the back of his belly, she'd like to send him to have the spots on his liver removed somehow. But we were always told the spots on his liver were not cancer.
I'm getting this information second hand from my poor mom who's crying between words, so forgive me if I'm not making much sense.
Does anyone have anything to share, please?