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Nonna2005
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My friend just called me with the name of her Cancer... "Adenosquamous" of the Colon. I cant seem to find much information on this. I gather it's a bit rare. Does anyone now anything about this "Villian"??? I would appreciate any info at all.
Thank you so much... Liz

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Sorry about your friend and I'm not sure about that cancer, but hopefully someone can help you with some information. Hope your friend does well with her treatments.

Kim

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Thank you Kim, I appreciate it :)

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I am not too familiar with that exact term. Could she mean "adenocarcinoma" of the colon and "squamous cell" type? If you look these up then it might make more sense.

Take care - Tina

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Awesome Tina, I will try that!! Thank you. I am very new to all this, I have no clue about the terms, names, meds, any of it! seems I have ALOT to learn!
Thank you so much again...I am going to search for the name you gave me!

Liz :)

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is the most common form of CRC (ColoRectal Cancer). Squamous cell cancer is rare in CRC, but more common in anal cancer, they are two distinct types and respond differently to different treatments. Adenosquamous is a rare combination of the two types in a single cell.

There is a possibility that your friend heard both (my original surgery consult discussed both) and turned them into a single term, most of us get very confused in the first couple of consults after the diagnoses. This is a good reason for taking a recording device, as well as a knowledgeable friend or relative to accompany the patient to any consult, and particularly to the early ones.

The important thing now is less the type of carcinoma, but the staging. This affects everything that will happen in the next few months and all of the treatment decisions.

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That could be, that she got them confused or twisted together. If by staging you mean, like what stage its in. It is stage 4 They put a pick line in her yesterday and are wanting to get her going with the chemo. By reading on here, I am picking up that there are several different chemo treatments. Is that right??
I so appreciate all you wonderful people,and all your help.
thank you soooo much!!

Liz

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Praying for your friend.

*hugs*
Gail

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Thank you so much. Hope your day is going well :)

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 "...By reading on here, I am picking up that there are several different chemo treatments. Is that right??" 

The two most common first line chemotherapies are FOLFOX and FOLFIRI, and for Stage IV, with no recent surgery, they are supplemented with Avastin.

Both of these take about six months to complete, your friend would then graduate to one of the second line treatments that might include radiation, and a number of biological/chemotherapy treatments that would be dependent on tumor type and placement, as well as a genetic profile of the patient.

Stage IV is not good news, and now the type of tumor (squamous, adenocarcinoma or adenosquamous) will be used to determine which first line and second line treatment they will go forward with.

As a fellow Stage IV patient, your friend has all my condolences.

Blake

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Thank you Blake, I realize I have soooo much to learn!! It's all very confusing! I know she has "poorly-Differentiated Adenocarcinoma" The report says..12 of 21 Lymph nodes are positive for tumor with extracapsular growth!
The more I read, the more I dont understand!! There are just so many words I have no clue what they mean!! Well...looks like it's back to the internet and the medical dictionary!!
But, I do appreciate you explaining the Chemo. One less thing I have to look up!
You are wonderful Blake...Hope you are feeling well. You are in my prayers.

Liz

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Well, I think we will find out tomorrow what the chemo game plan is!!
Kind of scared for her but, at the same time. want to get this ball rolling. I want her to get better!

....Liz...

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11289278

Separate the words "Adeno Squamous Colon" and quite a few research papers come up.

Best Always, mike

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Thank you, I will try this! I appreciate it. :)

Liz

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