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Posted by Tom T on August 02, 2000 at 00:38:39:

In Reply to: Re: Colon Cancer posted by Melanie on May 17, 2000 at 16:26:03:

: : : My 82 year old father was diagnosised with stage 4 colon cancer on March 1 of this year. The colon cancer had already spread to the liver and left lung, when the tumor in the colon was removed. His life expectency after the surgery on March 1 was six months. My father didn't want chemo and/ or radiation. He died six weeks later on April 17. My question is why didn't his primary care doctor detect it sooner? My father has been seeing the doctor for stomach pain for the last year and was only given pain pills and Zantac. I beleive that the colon cancer should have been detected much earlier.

: : Hi Suzanne,

: : First, I want to say how sorry I am to hear about your father. I am in almost the same situation with my mom. She was diagnosed on Feb.16th, with the same diagnosis, except so far her lungs are clear. Maybe, you Father, like my Mother, did not give specific information to the doctor. Stomach aches usually are not the only warning symptom of Colon cancer. My mother chose to keep all of her symptoms from us for 3 years before she finally went to the doctor. The information they gave us was that even if she came a year or 2 before it wouldn't have made a difference. When you begin to show signs of the cancer it is already too late, the cancer could have been growing for many years! Make sure that you are screened for this horrible disease! That is the only protection from it, to catch it early!

: Hi Kelly,

: I read your follow-up and wanted to let you know that my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer last year and it had spread
: to her liver and her lungs. She went on chemo for approx. one year and her tumour on her liver
: has shrunk from 3 cm to 1cm. The nodules on the lungs which the doctor's say are not life threatening
: as they are smaller then pinheads have decreased from 5 to 3. She is now off chemo for the summer
: (they will monitor her) and after 3 months she will receive another CT Scan to see if anything has
: changed.

: I just wanted to tell you my story because I know how you must be feeling since your mother was
: just recently diagnosed. Don't give up hope!

: Melanie

I just wanted to tell you all that I know just how you feel, and I am truly sorry that the cancer wasn't detected sooner. Early detection and agressive treatment are Vital! My wife, age 37, has 4th stage colon cancer, which has spread to her lungs, lymph nodes,spine,and hips. Her only warning sign was a discomfort that she at first thought was menstrual cramps. It seems that if not detected early enough, the disease spreads very, very rapidly. After removing 18" of her colon in 1997, we thought we had it licked. The next year, her CEA count was elevated, and they discovered it had matastesized to her liver. Apparently it follows a common pathway to various organs. Please have them keep close watch of her CEA count. Last year it spread to her Uterus, which was removed. Again we thought we had it licked, especially after undergoing "preventative" chemotherapy. What they didn't tell us was they knew it was in her lungs when they did the liver surgery. I highly recommend, if you can, to get a copy of all the physicians records, and read them. Now all we can do is wait for the end. Please take care of yourself, as I know very well how stressful it is for the person without the disease to witness it's wrath. My prayers are with you.
Tom T

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