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kerry
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I just returned from my monthly visit to MD Anderson for check up, CT scan and chemo. After my CT scan on Tuesday I ended up in the emergency room with a 103 degree temperature. Still don't know what the cause was but they brought it down to normal at about 2:30 am. The next day was my visit to the oncologist prior to my scheduled chemo. He came in smiling and said that my CT scan was NORMAL. All tumors were gone - no evidence of metestatic disease! Hooray! Just wanted to share.

This was after only 4 months of treatment after my recurrance. Now I am on a "maintenance" program. Has anyone heard of that??? I will be taking Xeloda and Celebrex daily for approx. 1 to 2 years! I am curious to see if anyone has heard of this procedure?

I trust my doctor completely and think very highly of MD Anderson Cancer Center. My doctor said that this "maintenance" procedure has produced great results and that 70% of the patients on it have had no additional recurrance for 2 years. (I think 2 years is the max. it has been tried)

I was surprised to see Celebrex on the list of colon cancer fighters!! Again, I was very lucky in that I caught my recurrance very early. It was in my lymph glands only.

Thank you all for all your well wishes during my treatment. I'll keep you posted on how this new "maintenance" program goes.

Best wishes, many prayers and love to you all.

Kerry

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alihamilton
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Joined: Jan 2004

Well done, Kerry...that is great news. I have not heard of that treatment plan but it sounds good. Our oncologist did suggest that my husband take Celebrex but because of the recent controversy about it regarding possible side effects, he has not pushed the issue. In any case, it can irritate the stomach in some people and my husband cannot take any meds that do that. So for him, it is not really an option.

Good luck!

Ali

juliababy
Posts: 130
Joined: Sep 2004

Congratulations on the wonderful news! I am so happy for you. Keep up the good work!

Susana

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Kanort
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Joined: Jan 2004

Hi Kerry,

I am so happy for you. What excitement you must feel! I'm sorry about your ER visit. That explains why I couldn't reach you.

Talk to you soon!

Kay

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littlejulie
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Joined: Mar 2004

HI KERRY!!!
I was SO HAPPY to see your name with the subject line - Clear CT Scan - that is WONDERFUL NEWS! Wishing you a lifetime of the same results!

julie:)

vanser
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Joined: Mar 2004

Congraulations on the clear scans !!!!
That is absolutely fabulous news - I am so happy to hear this update. (I follow the posts regularly and have been wondering how your treatments were going)

I have not heard about the kind of treatment you are receiving - but it sounds like it is working!

Vanessa

MUGGINS
Posts: 35
Joined: Apr 2004

HI, KERRY - WHAT GREAT NEWS!!!
I HOPE YOU CELEBRATE IN STYLE. MY FRIEND WHO WAS DIAGNOSED STAGE IV AND WENT THROUGH NINE MONTHS OF CHEMO IS NOW ON A MAINTENANCE PROGRAM CONSISTING OF AVISTAN EVERY OTHER WEEK - WITH REALLY NO SIDE AFFECTS. SHE IS COMING UP ON HER YEAR SCAN AND COLONOSCOPY AND WE PRAY THERE IS GOOD NEWS. TAKE CARE AND PRAYERS AND JOY ARE WITH YOU.

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Moesimo
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Joined: Aug 2003

Kerry,
what great news. You must be thrilled. Make sure you celebrate your good news.

Maureen

JKendall
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Joined: Nov 2004

Hi Kerry...Great news! I always tell Jerri about stuff like this 'cause some days this stuff just gets the better of you, and you wonder if you'll ever see the end of it and get back to somewhat of a "normal" life.

Thanks, and go celebrate!

Jimmy

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taunya
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Joined: Jul 2002

Oh, Kerry, that is wonderful news! I bet you are beside yourself with joy!! I am doin' the Happy Dance for you right now!!!!!!! Great news!
Taunya

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jsabol
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Joined: Dec 2003

Hi Kerry, GREAT NEWS! It seems that a number of cancers now have a longer term "maintainance" program. Sounds like they are finding the right combination for colon cancer now. Continued good luck! Judy

RunnerZ
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Joined: Feb 2004

Kerry, What great news! I have a good friend doing the same treatment and having the same great results. She is teaching full time and her CT's are great...and she is going on her 4th year of surviving! I am really happy for you. You obviously are receiving wonderful treatment and your outlook is only helping you. Great job!

andreae
Posts: 238
Joined: Sep 2003

Oh Kerry, that is AWESOME news!!! I am so very happy for you:) Happy dance, happy dance. I hope you out celebrating and having a FABULOUS time! I have actually heard of celebrex being used. It is a COX-2 inhibitor and it is thought that it has anti-angiogenic properties.

Good luck and keep us posted!

Lots of love,
Andrea

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aspaysia
Posts: 257
Joined: Nov 2003

Kerry, you need to bronze those scans!
I was praying for you with along with everyone else here. And I am not the praying sort. It must be a numbers game; if enough people are on your side.
Join us in the waiting room.
Aspaysia, who could not be happier!

jana11
Posts: 708
Joined: May 2004

YAHOO!!!!!!!!!! I am soooo happy for you. I get my next scans next week - I hope for great results too!

I really hope we can meet next round in Houston. Take care, jana

taraHK
Posts: 1961
Joined: Aug 2003

Congratulations on your fantastic CLEAR results!

I was on Celebrex as a maintainence. I just recently stopped because it was irritating my stomach (after more than a yr no problems) and also the recent controversies but I took it for ?about 1 year or 1.5 yrs. (no Xeloda).

All the best,
Tara

livin
Posts: 319
Joined: Jan 2003

Congradulations on all clear. I know it is a good feeling. I hope everything stays well. I hope you are still celebrating. Livin

crazylady
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Joined: Jun 2004

Kerry,
That's absoloutely wonderful news! I hope that you have a great celebration.
Jamie

steved
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Joined: Apr 2004

Fab news- will toast you over here in teh UK.
Steve

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kangatoo
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I'm back!!!!geeeeeez---missed a bit during my absence. Anyway, so happy to hear the good stuff your way Kerry. Now you can join me in the NED room! As usual 'ol kanga is late replying. Look for an email from me Kerry.
Congratulations sweetie.
luv n huggs, kanga n Jen

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StacyGleaso
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Joined: Mar 2003

SO HAPPY FOR YOU KERRY!

You truly are an inspiration to others here! Now, let's plan that Vegas trip! Somebody needs to set a date for Pete's sake! All the great news lately really needs some celebrating!

Keep up the good work!

Stacy

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grandma047
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Hi Kerry, Thought I had replied to this email already. Sorry. I just want to congratulate you. Hope the maintenance treatments keeps this beast from coming back. I hope to one day be able to celebrate like you should be doing now, Hang in there. You are a survivor.
Love, Judy(grandma047)

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grandma047
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Hi Kerry, Thought I had replied to this email already. Sorry. I just want to congratulate you. Hope the maintenance treatments keeps this beast from coming back. I hope to one day be able to celebrate like you should be doing now, Hang in there. You are a survivor.
Love, Judy(grandma047)

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