Dec 16, 2004 - 1:58 pm
I havent been posting in quite a while but I am back now and hoping for some advice from what I believe to be the best source on earth.
On Nov, 6, 2004 I finished 6 months of Folfox 4 chemotherapy for what they thought was Stage III Colon cancer. I had a resection in May, 2004 and was told that the surgery was a success, the surgeon being confident that he had gotten all of the tumor, blood supply and clear margins.
On Dec. 10, 2004 I underwent laprosocopic surgery just as a sort of look around inside (I underwent 5 MRI's and 1 Pet Scan during chemo and all were clear and my CEA was always normal).
Unfortunately, during surgery the surgeon found spots on my liver and abdomen and the diagnosis of paritoneal carcinomatosis was made. I know that Kris, who posts here, also had this diagnosis if I am not mistaken.
My chart has now been sent to a Dr. Sugarbaker in Washington DC in the hopes that he will perform the surgery necessary to save my life. My oncologist told me that without this surgery my life expectancy is 6 months (I just turned 43 in Oct). I am trying to stay positive and be positive for my husband but I am hoping that someone out there has come through this. I know the surgery is massive with a relatively long recovery time. I will do anything to fight this battle, as I have so far.
Any advice or experiences you can share would be greatly appreciated.