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belindahill
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Hi, just sending new so far on my husband Ian, he had his last of 8 cycles of chemo today, for colon mets in peritoneum. Next step is ct on 13th and then results on 19th. He has done so well so far, the ascites has not returned while on the chemo, we are hoping that this will be it, and chemo finished for good!! Oh well dreams might happen. Sending my love to you all and hoping you all have a fab Christmas.

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westie66
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That is great news. I hope so too. Have a wonderful Christmas!
Cheryl

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LaundryQueen
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How were Ian's scan results? Expecting some good news.

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belindahill
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His previous scan results after his 7th round of chemo the report read there has been significant improvement in all areas, so the chemo is working at this moment at its best.

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LaundryQueen
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Great to hear this good news.

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AussieMaddie
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I'm very happy to hear that he is improving.

I'm sorry also that I am too late to send Christmas wishes to all. Maybe not too late for some. It is 26th here, now in Australia. I'm sure it is still 25th in some places.

Merry Christmas and positive news to all!

AussieMaddie

momscoloncancer
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Hello,

I'm new to this site and my mom completed 6 months of chemo for Stage 3B colon cancer 4 1/2 months ago & 2 weeks ago we found out that the cancer has now showed up in her extra peritoneum. I'm just wondering what to expect. Did your husband have surgery before starting chemo again? What chemo drugs was he given?

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westie66
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Hi: I also have secondary mets to the peritoneum from gallbladder cancer. I had the gallbladder, its tumour, and part of the liver removed during surgery in April 2010. I then did 12 treatments of cisplatin + gemcitibine (standard gallbladder cancer chemo). That apparently didn't work all that well for the peritoneum. I then did 12 treatments of folfoxfiri (oxaliplatin + irenotecan + 5FU pump + leucovin) which can be a standard treatment for colon cancer - another is Folfox and another is folfiri, i.e. with oxaliplatin and no irenotecan or with irenotecan and no oxaliplatin). This treatment did seem to stabilize growth and spread of the peritoneum nodules (I have 5 or 6). They are trying to get peritoneal stripping surgery for me followed by the HIPEC procedure but in Canada it is only done in a very few places and they are very fussy whom they operate on as these are tough procedures.

Cheryl

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belindahill
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Hi, momscoloncancer, he had bowel resection aug 10 6mths chemo, 3mths off, spread then to liver lung and periteneum, 6mths of avastin oxliplatin and xeloda, finised 2nd jan 2012. Having ct 18th april. The only surgery was aug 10. Wishing you all the best.

HaffMohd
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Joined: Jun 2012

Hi Westie66,

I have been following your posts and find them to be quite helpful. I am from the Caribbean and my mom was also diagnosed with gall bladder cancer with mets to the peritoneum. We are not too sure of the liver involvement and are awaiting the results of a CT scan. Can you please tell me where in Canada you are receiving treatment? Our doctor has prescribed oxaliplatin and gemcitabine chemotherapy but I am very interested in knowing more about the FOLFOX/ FOLFOXFIRI that you have mentioned. Please advise as soon as you can. Thanks.

To all, I continue to be amazed by your determination and wish you all the strength and courage to continue your fight!

Warm Regards
MM

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aurora_t
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My boyfriend was diagnosed with colon cancer 3 months ago and the doctor said it already spread to peritoneal activity. I searched on the internet and the prognosis is very poor. I am very worried and upset. my boyfriend is only 30 and i want him to have a long healthy life. Can someone please share similar stories . Is this type of cancer curable? I have heard of HIPEC but not too many hospitals offer it and my boyfriend doesnt have insurance.
Aurora

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westie66
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Hi MM: I receive treatment at the London Regional Cancer Centre in London, Ontario. My first chemo regime was cisplatin + gemcitibine. I had 12 treatments - didn't really do much except perhaps stabilize the peritoneum mets. After that, I had 14 treatments of folfirinox. Folfirinox is sort of an offshoot of folfox which is given to people with colon cancer or pancreatic cancer. As I don't have those cancers, I had to pay for the folfirinox. Folfirinox consists of: oxaliplatin + irenotescan + 5FU pump for 42 hrs + leucovin. I had it by IV (through a PICC line) every 2 weeks with the 3rd week off. It is quite a nasty chemo treatment with all sorts of side effects like neuropathy, cold intolerance, diarrhea, joint pain. I had to have Neulasta injections every 3 weeks to up my white blood cell count. Folfirinox had not been tried on gallbladder cancer mets before as far as I know. It did work - even on the liver met. But unfortunately I ended up with a perforated bowel in May and had 3 months in hospital. The chemo cocktail is very strong and I think just eroded my bowel lining.
Cheryl

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