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dkhappy's picture
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Husband 60 years, diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of small intestines, metastised to liver, and peritoneum, in stage IV. No chemo started yet due to recent surgery to remove large sections of bowel. No one will give us a prognosis for this aggressive cancer. What is survival rate after chemo? Any clinical trials in Florida?

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Hi dk~
Welcome to our family. Sorry you are here but glad you came.

I wad diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer ~ type being adenocarcinoma, last May. It was explained to me that this kind of cancer is your "run of the mill" cancer. Your basic cancer. My tumor was 5 cm (size of a racquetball) and had been growing for 3-5 years. It was explained that adenocarcinoma was not aggressive.

I don't know what the treatment plan is for this cancer in the small intestines, but after chemo/radiation, surgery and then chemo again I am considered "cured" and cancer free less than a year after diagnosis. Don't get me wrong... it was a helluva road to travel. But it can be done.


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Is this stemming from colorectal cancer? I am not familiar with this term you are using. I know that Avastin is a new-successful drug for colorectal metasis. I went to MD Andersen website out of Houston-a research cancer center and found several new drugs being used. Hope this helps.

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Welcome dk. I would hestitate a guess there are many here that are stage 1V that have rarely got a straight answer about prognosis. In fact although there are statistics offered to cancer patrients there are a lot of "survivors" here that could very well debate the future prospects of cancer sufferers told to them by their physicians. Although I am only stage 2 I try to look at things from a medical advancement point of view. In my case my specialist said he was unable to give a "true" indication of what may or may not be a reasonable assessment of future re-ocurrance. All he said was that unfortunately cancer can and does rear its head again no matter what the staging although going by statistics the lower the staging the less the chances of re-ocurrance. Many here have had re-ocuraces even at stage 2....but then again many here also have beaten the demon at stage 4. I would hope that your husbands oncologist will determine the most effective way of dealing with his cancer to help him join those on this board that have battled and are winning .
We send you and your hubby our best wishes and prayers, kanga n Jen

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My husband was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the small intestines 2 years ago. He has had 2 major surgeries, over year of different chemos, and 28 rounds of radiation. He has his 3rd surgery scheduled a week from Monday at MD Anderson. From what his doctors have told us and from all the research I've found, his prognosis is not good. But we refuse to listen and continue to fight.

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My friend is 32 years old and has been diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma of the small intestines. It is already in over 50% of his liver. They tell us there are more than 11 tumors on his liver. He was diagnosed in late December and the doctors are telling him there is no hope for him. His wife has been looking into different cancer treatment centers for help.
He has lost so much weight and is unable to eat more than a bite or two on his own. He has a feeding tube, and was sent home with hospice.
Now the more research we do we are starting to believe there may be more we can do. Anyone know where we should start.

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