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Positive scan results, ablation next

janderson1964
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Scan from Yesterday showed the chestwall tumor on my back that is causing me the rib pain is unchanged and the liver tumor had more significant shrinkage for the third straight scan since y90. It shrunk another 1.4cm for a total of 4cm since y90. I has been 5 months since y90 so I think we are hitting the window of opportunity at the perfect time. Further shrinkage is unlikely after 6 months. So I think we achieved great shrinkage to minimize the ablation and increase the odds of complete local control on both tumors. This will leave me with a couple of tiny areas in the chestwall region that are questionable for metastatic disease. They seem to come and go. My interventional radiologist was very happy with the results. So Monday morning I am off to Baltimore to turn the 2 tumors into iceballs.

LindaK.
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I am so happy you are getting the results you wanted and will be moving on to the next step for complete success!  Thanks for sharing your good news.

Linda

jen2012
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Woohoo Jeff!  Thanks for sharing and good luck!

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Annabelle41415
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That is some great news.  I'm glad that you are heading in the right direction.  Good luck on Monday turning those nasty things into ice balls.  Hope you continue to do well.

Kim

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Momof2plusteentwins
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Time to knock them out and get back to NED for the millionth time.  Good for you and good luck on your procedure.  Get that Christmas break from treatment and have a great Christmas present!

Sandy

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JanJan63
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Go get 'em! I hate to ask but what is ablation?

janderson1964
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They stick a series of probes in and around the tumor and kill it by either heat (Radio frequency ablation or RFA) or by freezing it (Cryoablation) which is what I am doing.

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JanJan63
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Thanks! That sounds like an aggressive way to treat it, I sure hope it's successful. And not too painful, it sounds like it might be. Kill the cancer!!!

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Easyflip
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Ablate away! I read new immunotherapy drugs for crc being fast tracked by FDA. We live in exciting times when it comes to new advances and technologies. Good luck!!

Easyflip/Richard

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As you know, I had an Ablation, but mine was thermal, so I have a charcoal tumour left in my liver. I can feel it now and again, especially after I have been doing something strenuous (shovelling snow right now); other than that, I have had no problems at all. Recovery was a breeze, too much so, as I was want to do a little too much too soon. 

Good luck with everything. I have a great feeling about this. Your a star!

Sue - Trubrit

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lilacbrroller
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Sounds just like the process of freezing a wart.  Wish compound W worked on tumors...

good luck and I'm looking forward to reading about the results.  My frozen warts shrank and eventually fell off. What happens to the tumors, which are inside your body?

atb

Karin

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mukamom
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Don't you love it when a plan comes together??  Good luck on Monday~ Laughing

Angela

janderson1964
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The doctor told me the immune system disposes of the dead cells and in theory they believe it can make the immune system more responsive to other colon cancer cells still active in the body. Cryo is supposed to be less painful and more effective on tumors over 4cm than RFA. They can also visualize and sculp the ice ball around the tumor with either realtime ultra sound or in my case they are using realtime ct scan.

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Trubrit
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They used real-time ultra sound on me; so I've got lots of little scars all over the place. 

It will be interesting to hear from you as your recover. You will do so well. 

Sue - Trubrit

janderson1964
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I have no choice but to recover fast since we are moving the tailor shop and have to be open for business in the new location on 12/22. I will be glad when that is over.

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Trubrit
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well, for me it is. I'll be 56 that day. Bet I have more fun than you. 

Sue - Trubrit

hippiechicks
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That is wonderful news!! So very happy to hear there has been such progress for you!  I wish you much success and comfort during your proceedure!

Love to hear such positive news!

 

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maglets
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oh Jeff that is the very best news.....you have worked so very very hard to get to this place.  I wish only the best for you on Monday.....and speedy recovery

well done!

mags

janderson1964
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Thanks Mags. The last 10 months has been not just another battle but a war within itself. The first 3 times will simple in comparison. Surgery followed by 12 rounds of chemo then NED for a couple of years. This time I have had to fight surgeons, travel around the country, send out endless scan disc, fight with my insurance and the state health bureau which still isn't resolved, do radiation for the first time and 16 rounds of chemo. I am hoping my oncologist will agree to let me do just ADAPT (Xeloda, Celebrex) maintinance therapy for a while.

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Yolllmbs
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we can sing all the Frozen movie songs. Great news!

Yolanda

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This is really exciting! Have a safe trip to Baltimore and Best luck with the procedure. Be NED very soon!

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PhillieG
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This is GREAT news Jeff! My thoughts are with you

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lilacbrroller
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Iceballs and shrinkage - you boys!!!  Kiss  Hah.

good luck again. sounds very positive. I may even try it someday. 

 

Karin

janderson1964
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Its good to hear from you Phil. I miss that sense of humor of yours.

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lp1964
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As we all know there isn't such a think as fairness in Cancerland, but you have worked so hard and you deserve a break. Good luck and cant wait for some more good news.

Laz

janderson1964
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Thanks Laz. Life isnt fair either but we can certainly work hard at making both cancer and life more fir.

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annalexandria
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All your hard work to figure out the best path forward seems to really be paying off.

Good luck on Monday, let us know how it goes!

Big hugs~AA

janderson1964
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Thanks Anna. The IR might go after one other small spot near my ribs (5mm x 8mm) if he can safely get to it. Then I think I could be considered NED. What a battle this time around. I will update next week.

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sdp
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Wish u all the best

 

janderson1964
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Thanks. I decided to drive up the night before since it is a 3 hour drive and they want me there at 6:45am. I am in my motel and keep sleep yet not because i am nervous but i am excited to get the ablation.

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and good thoughts. Cyber hugs

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