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Phil64 One Point One Update

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It's been a little while since I've posted!

I have a lot to update on... 

Some of my last posts where during the Erbitux treatments and just before a follow-up CT / MRI.

The short update is that the follow-up MRI showed that the Erbitux was kicking the crap out of the cancer and that surgery was now an option. I had the surgery at U of M Health System on 4/19.  Surgery confirmed that there were only two tumors in my liver (they thought there could have been many) AND they were both removed with clear margins.  I've been rapidly recovering from surgery and I'm back to work and feeling good.

Yesterday I went to see the onc about follow-up chemo and I learned that my CEA has tested at 1.1.  Yes ONE POINT ONE.  That is the lowest in over a year and the FIRST TIME it tested in the normal range for me.  And given that my CEA seemed to correlate strongly with my cancer this is excellent news for me.

The onc wants to finish 8 more treatments of the Folfiri and Erbitux beginning in June (I already completed 4 treatments pre-surgery). The good part of that is I get to go chemo-free for a few more weeks. :-)

I have more detailed updates (with pics) on my blog.

Wow, After an orchiectomy (testicular cancer), radiation treatement, colon resection (colon cancer), lung resection (met of colon cancer), liver resection (met of colon cancer) I finally have a normal CEA...   I hope it will remain this way for a while.

God Bless you all!!!



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I am so happy for you and your wonderful results. You have been through a lot and you deserve the great news. Thinking of you ~ Ann

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Absolutely elated for you ... thanks for sharing this wonderful news with us to kick-start the weekend on a positive and grateful note. God is great.

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that is rockin news! good work! so happy for you



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CEA...   I hope it will remain this way for a while.

I hope it lasts WAY more than a while. 

It must feel so good to be back to normal. 


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Such great news. Enjoying them with you. 

Happy greetings


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Absolutely fantastic news Phil. I am really happy for you. Enjoy the chemo break.

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Best news I've heard in a long time. So happy for you and your family.


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Keep up the good work!


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Rockin GREAT news...Thank you for letting us know.


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Thanks so much for sharing with us.   AA

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So very happy for you!!!

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this is the BEST news all week.

thanks for sharing. 


It's got to feel so good to be able to share such good news. You've been through so much, and I pray that one day you get to post... "I'm cancer free!"

I know you will.  


go phil, go!




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your good news, is inspiration to the rest of us to Keep Fighting!


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Excellent news!

Phil64's picture
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All, Thank you for the well-wishes!

I know Craig once told me that fighting this disease is like running a marathon. And I have a lot of respect for Craig and his wisdom. Therefore I am cautiously optimistic and regjoice in having some chemo-free time with my beloved.

And, at least for now, I am NED!!!  And it feels GOOD!!! :-)

I pray for many blessings for all of us fighting this ugly and complex disease!

And I'm thankful for every day on this great earth!

Make a great day everyone; IN SPITE OF cancer!




joemetz's picture
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can you share the name of your doctors and U of M?


thank you




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We got my wife's pathology samples stained for CA19-9.  That being positive, with the initially elevated CEA, pretty much means to me lifelong cimetidine is beneficial to her mCRC status, helps prevent more metastases, and may help her immune system rub out a few more spots in conjunction with the other immune supplements.  We also monitor her CA19-9 blood levels.  Any surgery means more cimetidine.

Oops, my bad.  This reply was meant for Phil64 at http://csn.cancer.org/node/263921 on Oct 24, 2013.

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