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5 Years NED

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Hi all,

It's been quite awhile since I've posted so the newbies won't know me. Here's a brief history: diagnosed Dec '04 with stage 2a colon cancer and had laprascopic right hemicolectomy.

Like many stage 2 colon ca patients I struggled with the decision regarding chemo or not, and decided not since the data were not convincing for stage 2. To be clear, if I had been diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 I would have done the chemo. And I'm not suggesting that anyone else follow my path since everyone is different and this is a very personal decision.

Over the past 5 years I had regular follow-ups with the oncologist every 4 months for the first 2 years, then every six months. Each new ache and pain brought new fears of cancer, but my oncologist was good about following-up with CT scans (about 1/yr)and I had a repeat colonoscopy 1 yr after surgery, and two years later (2 years ago). I have an appointment with the GI doc in early January to discuss my next colonoscopy.

Over the years I have celebrated the successes written on these pages, and have been saddened by the opposite of those I only knew through their words written here.

While no one knows what the future will bring for any of us, at least for now I can say I lived 5 years after being diagnosed with colon cancer. So far so good...

Happy Holidays to all!


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Thank you for posting your 5-year NED. It is wonderful to bring hope and cheer about good outcomes. Merry Christmas and a very happy NED New Year!


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Thanks for sharing your story and giving hope to others.

Merry Christmas!


lostit2003's picture
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I'm going to show how really new at this I am. I'm assuming NED is something about being cancer free but what does it stand for?


Julie 44
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Hey Howard,
That is awesome news..It makes all all who are dealing with this monster feel hope...Happy Holidays...JULIE

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It means No Evidence of Disease. No harm in asking, that's how we all learn.

lostit2003's picture
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Thanks for the info. Way to go Howard!!!!!!


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That's fabulous! I just reached my 2-year mark, and that 5-year mark is the one I'm working for now.

Hope you have a great Christmas!


ron50's picture
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Hi Howard,
Glad to see you make the 5 year mark with many more to come,best wishes Ron.

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Howard, congrats on being NED!
Have a Happy and Merry!

Fight for my love
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Joined: Jun 2009

Thank you,Howard.Congratulations on 5-year mark.Happy holidays!

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That is so awesome, thank you for sharing, we need to hear great outcomes like yours. God Bless you


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Nana b
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Love hearing it.........

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Congrats on joining the 5-year club!!!

I agree, the future is a mystery...so, I live life as large as I can!!!! I figure I worked so hard to save my life, well, I must enjoy it while I can...lol!

Hugs, Kathi

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