My dad (aged 63) has been diagnosed with a stage iv colon cancer last July 20, 2004. Initially he has been complaining of stomach fullness since May. But he chose to ignore it. Thus, it's been a big shock to me and my family when he was diagnosed with cancer.
All my life, he has been a very strong man who hardly gets sick. Unfortunately, his cancer has metastasized to his liver ( 3 little spots and a big spot in his caudate lobe comprising of cystic and mass component), spleen, and peritoneum. His surgeon just removed his primary tumor and gave dad a temporary colostomy because of the presence of lymph nodes in his cul de sac. The doctor said that he is considered lucky if he lives in a year.
My dad is currently undergoing chemo treatments comprising of folfox4 and avastin. We already had 4 treatments and he has tolerated them very well. In fact he has gained all his lost weight after the surgery. He went down to 148 lbs, but now he is back to 160 lbs and he has been going to work every single day except during chemo days.
Everyday, I've been praying that he gets cured, although I know that you hardly get cured when you have a stage iv metastatic cancer. But whenever I visit this site, my hopes get high.
It's been a really, really tough battle.
I am just so thankful for this site. The group has been so generous in sharing all their experiences and support to each other. How I wish that there will be a cancer cure soon and it will just be like a common flu where you can get vaccine every year.