My dad has been on FOLFIRI + Avastin for 16
months with his Aug 2005 dx of stage IV Colon cancer w/inoperable liver mets (many of them on both lobes of liver) .
He had a little bit (20%) of shrinkage in March 2006 cat scan but since then it has been "no change..."no change"..."no change"..."no change"
He has gradually been regaining his strength from initial dx and is still working full time and able to have normal life.
Doc initially gave him 1 year to live in Nov 2005 and he already surpassed that and I have a couple questions:
1: how long can you take chemo non stop with no breaks? (he goes every other week for infusion and wears chemo pump for 48 hours)
2: Does the chemo do any long term damage to liver or other ogans while trying to kill the cancer?
3: how long do people usually stay "stable" with a stage IV diagnosis w/ liver mets???
4: could his cancer be "dead cancer tissue" that was not reabsorbed into the body..since there was so many tumors in the beginning? (He has never has PET scan only CAT.)
...seems unusual that he is feeling better and better or am I being to optimistic????
Any info greatly appreciated.