Jun 13, 2004 - 9:02 pm
Hello and help! My 47-yr brother, Dave, was diagnosed with colon cancer and had surgery on 4/22 with resection; 2 of 13 nodes involved. Back to the hospital 2 wks later with vomiting and gut pain, determined cause was bowel blockage, no surgery-- n/g tube and meds used. More tests revealed 2 spots on the liver. On 5/27 he had emergency surgery (same symptoms) for what we thought was a "blockage". It was another mass in another part of the colon, and a 2nd resection was done in that area. We were then told that he had multiple adhesions on the liver and that the peritoneal cavity contained several small tumors. A few days later he threw 2 pulmonary embolisms and spent 5 days in ICU. 5-FU/oxal/leuk began on 6/9 and Dave was finally discharged today. Any Stage IV's out there who can help me with what to expect from treatments much appreciated. Anyone on Avistan? They may try it in 30 days.