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What stage are you and when were you dx?

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Stage 3, dx April 14th 2009

Life is funny sometimes

Kathleen808's picture
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Husband diagnosed Jan 2009 - routine colonoscopy stage IIIc
resection Jan 2009
Folfox March - August 2009
1 lymph node active on Pet Sept 2009
Began Folfori Sept 2009 - March 2010
Lymph node still active
Surgery to remove lymph node May 10, 2010
Waiting to hear chemo plan

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Stage III, November 2008.
Oral chemo and radiation Nov-Jan 2009
Resection Feb 2009
Port March 09
Folfox March-Aug 2009
Illeostomy Reversal Sept 09
Port Removal Feb 2010

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Stage IV, mets to right Kidney, Ovary and Liver. 02/06/2010 @the Emergency room thought had appendicitis.

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dx 5/08 stage 4 rectal cancer; 1 met to liver; resectable at dx
radiation 28 tx xeloda/oxaliplatin 6/08
LAR surgery 9/08
R hepatectomy 10/08; NED after surgery
FOLFOX 10 tx 12/08-5/09
baseline PET/CT after surgeries/chemo 8/09; still NED after 3/10 CT scan!
next PET/CT 6/10


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Dx Stage IIIB Oct 2008 with 10" decending colon removed. 3 of 17 lymph nodes pos. Started folfox Dec 08 to May 09. Last scan March 2010 which was clear. Next one in 6 mo.

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stage 2 rectal cancer
recurrence Oct. 2005 lung
has been in and out of lungs since 2005

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DX Feb 2009
rectum - stage IIIb
descending colon- stage IIIa

claud1951's picture
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Stage 3, dx November 2006.

Enjoying life even more and doing lots of vounteer work!

Keep moving forward


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Hubby David dx April 3, 2008 Stage 3C, Stage 4 January 2009 with single met to liver.
Liver resection 3-24-2010 and will have first scans tomorrow at M D Anderson since surgery. Currently no evidence of disease!


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Angels tumor had already ripped threw the colon wall they said he was a stage 3c but he was really stage 4 they just didn't see all the cancer cells at the beginning but they soon saw them.


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I think David was stage 4 all along. Those cancer cells were probably in his liver and all the chemo kept it from growing for a while. His two month scan after he finished chemo is when the liver tumor showed it's ugly head.

I hope you are doing okay. I know you miss Angel terribly but I think it is so great you stay on this board and keep in touch. You are very much admired for your strength, knowledge and inspiration to others going through what you and Angel did.

Hugs and Healing,

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It is really just a short skip, hop, and a jump from the more serious stage 3 to stage 4. As you have both said, sometimes it is just a matter of whether it is big enough to be scanned.

So nice to still have you connecting with us Michelle.

Peace and blessings... Rob; in Vancouver

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mets to liver and left lung.

Lisa P.

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Diagnosed 03/02/06 as a result of biopsy from my first (but certainly not my last) colonoscopy 02/28/06.

Fight for my love
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Husband got diagnosed with stage2A rectal cancer on 5-18-2009 by colonoscopy.

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Stage 3A
No reocurrance

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diagnosed april 2007, 3c, 20 of 22 nodes. resection and lots of chemo(done it all) one recurrence in lymph nodes, did lots more chemo, solved the problem temporarily, now stage 4 with lung mets and lymph nodes, even more chemo, keep you posted. i have cancer, but the cancer doesn't have me, Randy

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Hi all,
I am looking forward to August to reach my 5 year cancer free mark.
I had two tumors, the whole left side of colon removed, 6 months FOLFOX.
All is good except some numb toes.

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What's your sign?

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DX July '09
Stage 4

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Stage 2B, dx April 27th 2009. Chemo 12 rounds, made it to 8

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DX 3/08 - stage 4 - mets to the lungs...! Jean

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Stage III, dx 11/2004.

Stage II breast cancer, dx 8/2005.

NED on both...

Hugs, Kathi

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Colonos. 12/08, surgery 12/08-right ascending colon removed. dx'd 3b 3 lymph nodes out of 30 positive.
Chemo 1/09. 7 sessions of folfox-ended due to reaction 5/09.
So far clear scans/good CEA.

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Stage IV Colon Cancer, mets to right ovary, right kidney, and far to long in the liver according to the onc, who can't cure me, just make me feel better.
DX 02/06/10 @ emergency room.

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Hi, I am 49 and I have had every treatment. I was NED for 4 years then since that it has been in my vagina,lungs,peritoneal a couple places, and liver. If you read this and would like to respond I would love to hear from you. I forgot original surgery in 97 my right ovary also

cmcl's picture
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Stage IV June 19, 2003 hysterectomy, bowel resection
Stage IIA May 7, 2010 total colectomy

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Dx April 2009 stage 2B Colon resection, chemo 12 rounds made it 8. Still no feeling in hands and feet. Had 1 year colonoscopy, found polyp that was precancerous and had it removed. Have to go back in 1 year for another colonoscopy. See my onc in September.

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9 tumors in liver

In the past year I have:

infection at colon surgery site
port infection
2 blockages and surgery
ileostomy reversal
removal of original port
insertion of new port
re-gained 30 lbs of the 50 lost Yippee!!!
20 rounds of chemo, a few more left I hope then done!
liver resection - 8 tumors removed and 1 ablated

Hope, Prayer, Attitude, Perserverance and the abundance of blessings bestowed on me brought me back to life!!!!!!!


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Stage 1 with 8 lymphnodes removed, diagnosssed on May 13, 2009

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Rectal cancer stage T3N1, November of 2004 at age 44
Stage IV, April 2006, tumors now in both lungs, liver and several nodes around the heart and currently on a Cmet(arq 197)/Erbitux/CTP11 clinical trial out of MD Anderson.

I don't worry about it anymore. When they tell me I have a few days to live, then I will worry about cancer. Until then, I'm living, not dying.

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Stage IV, Mets to Liver and Nodes, DX January 2006, during a Colonoscopy. I knew the minute the doctor came out from doing the colonoscopy that we were in trouble, I just did not know the extent. Two weeks later we were having a port put in and chemo, July 06 he had
his surgery, rectum removal,permanent colostomy and a liver resection. Wow its 2010 and we are still posting good news. Love you all, any thanks for being there for us.


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Diagnosed April 24,2009 with Colon Cancer. Had resection surgery June 15,2009. Staged at IIIc 4 of 24 Lymphnodes tested positive several days after surgery.


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Symptoms began in 2005.
Diagnosed rectal cancer August 2007 at the age of 38 by means of a colonoscopy.
Six weeks of 5FU, thirty zaps of radiation.
Colon resection January 08, 4 nodes positive, so diagnosis of stage IIIc.
Six months of Folfox ending in August 08. Only missed the last treatment due to bad neuropathy.
PET scan in March 2010 revealed cancer on right ovary.
Salpingo oopherectomy in June 2010 revealed colorectal spread on that ovary.

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Stg II during a "routine" coloscopy. Laproscopic surgery Nov 5th. No nodes involved.
Scans and repeat colonoscopy due this fall.

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Stage II TN3 Nov 5, 2008, age 49, after a year of problems and misdiagnosis. Resection on Nov 15th, 11 nodes taken all clean. Chemo Jan - end of April 2009, no radiation, ileostomy reversal June 2009. All PET/CT scans and colonoscopy clear with the exception of the last one. Had 3 sessile polyps removed - surgeon thinks they are benign. Much love to you all. Walking in Undy 5000 in Denver. If anyone going please let me know - I'd love to meet you!

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DX 2/28/08 Thought it was ovarian, but surprise, stage 4 colon. Jean

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My husband was diagnosed in Sept 09, Stage IV with mets to liver and lung. He's done 12 treatments of FOLFOX + Avastin, and now is on FOLFIRI. His scans and counts were showing improvement but CEA counts started to rise, so his doctor switched him to the FOLFIRI, and unfortunately his counts are going up again. We're hoping it's working and the counts will go down again; otherwise I don't know what will come next. We visited Moffitt in Tampa a few weeks ago, and they have a possible trial he can enter if his FOLFIRI goes south--so that might be a possibility.

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2000---50 yrs old--1st colon.--"Great--come back in 10 years."
2003---"It's in the wall." Resection and chemo--"just as insurance." Did 8 of the 12 5FU and Oxcilaplatin.
Great for 4 1/2 years
2009--reoccured--mets to lungs,liver. Been on chemo since with breaks for surgery.

Just have to hang in there and let it know that it will not win.

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April 19, 2010 Stage IV with mets to peritoneal lining and left abdomen. Recent PET scan demonstrates chemo has been effective with tumors reduced by 50%and no sign of nodules! Based on other postings it appears many are holding up well after many years! Keep up the good fight and providing confidence to us rookies....

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stage 4 june2007-- uterine stage1 june 10

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DX'ed feb 2009 with stage 3.

Live love and laugh often. Petrina

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DX June 22, 2010
Stage IIA, T-3, N-0, M-0 Adenocarcinoma approx. 3cm in size about 7-8cm from anal verge. Heading to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida in the morning for Tues. apt. Female, Age 54. PET and CT do not show any other positive sites. I'm hoping to start chemo and radiation ASAP but know I must be patient as I meet new doctors and get situated. Wish me luck!

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You got it - good luck! Welcome to the site.

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Hi Dorothy,
I was diagnosed in April 2009 at age 49 with T2/T3, N0, M0 adenocarcinoma of the rectum approx. the same size as yours but closer to the anal verge (about 2 cm). Neo-adjuvant chemo (oxaliplatin and xeloda) and radiation, followed by LAR with temporary ileostomy. 12 lymph nodes taken and all were clear. Ileostomy reversed but recto-vaginal fistula developed so I got another temp. ileostomy so I could finish the adjuvant chemo: 8 rounds of oxaliplatin and xeloda. Just finished last week and will have PET/CT on Tuesday. Sorry for the reason but welcome to the board. Wishing you lots of good luck. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

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Thanks Dorothy - I will definitely be in touch. We are heading to Tampa today. I know I'll have lots of questions as I head down this yellow brick road. Amazing the relief I feel knowing I can talk to people who are dealing with this. In some odd way... it is such a sense of relief.

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My husband had the same diagnosis 10 months ago. His tumor was 10cm from the anal verge.
He's doing fine and will do his last round of chemo in 2 weeks and after a few weeks reversal surgery. This board will really help you along the way.
Good luck

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i had gallbladder surgery on may 19 2010, went back for a check-up and was still vomiting and hurting really bad. ended up in the er on may 25 2010 and dr did cat scan with die and there it was in my colon blocking it.did surgery on may 27 2010 took 70% of my colon. 1 LN showed postive.i am 40 years old told i shouldnt have this. someone neglected to tell the cancer that..said i was too young. this was a shocker! mine is stage III B


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