Sep 15, 2013 - 11:21 pm
I posted the below a bit ago and received the most uplifting responses. I wanted to give all of you an update based on his oncologist appointment today.
Obviously they received a TON of information that I think they are still trying to digest. However, the doctor started the appointment by telling my mom that she is his witness when he says tha my father will have many years to livamend that he doesn't have "a lot of cancer." the doctor did say that he was pretty surprised on what was going on, though. He has Stage IV Colon cancer that has gone to his lung AND Stage IV Rectal cancer that spread to his liver. He has had it for years and his own body has actually been fighting off the majority of it, which I thought was awesome.
The oncologist said that he believes he can be treated solely using chemo, but they will gauge this as time goes. He will be on chemo for 3-6 months, with treatments once every 2 weeks. Obviously the doctor did not guarantee a 100% cure but was very positive that they could get the majority of it.
I did feel like a big weight was lifted. My mother's voice was noticeably different after the appointment than it has been since the diagnosis.
I have not received the information on what chemo he was on. He said "one is something fox" which I think is FOLFOX?
I will post as I find out additional information!
Thank you all.
I am new here and never thought I would be looking at this type of information... Sadly my father was diagnosed with colon cancer about 2 weeks ago after going in for a colonoscopy. He is 65.
The following CT scan showed that the tumors in the colon looked "small" and "confined" but they spotted small nodules on his lungs and liver that were very tiny. The following PET scan showed that those are cancerous as well. The doctor said they cannot even say they are tumors because they are so tiny and were caught early.
They have cancelled the surgery appointment and want him to start on chemo right away. Then they will do the surgery. My father is in good spirits. He says that he will just follow what they say and get it over with. My mother, him, and myself have a feeling that he will make it through, but I know the statistics.
I am here mainly to hear any success stories... My father is in good health in all other areas. The blood work all came back normal, he is active, and a healthy weight. Also, he has no other conditions such as IBS, Chron's, etc. Since I do have a history of ongoing bowel issues, my PCP sent me to a specialist right away even though I'm only 25.
Its very hard right now to function when I'm not at work or with a group of people. Talking to him and my mother is also very helpful because he sounds very normal considering.
Another question... I've read about marijuana helping... Thoughts?
Sorry if this is all over the place.