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Cancer: Colon Message Board


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My mom was told she had colon cancer in sept. of 2004. She had surgery to remove the 2 tumors. We then found out it had spread to her liver. We now know that she has it in 90% of her liver. Shes been doing chemo every week since nov. 17th(5fu, avastin, and somthing else that starts with an L). At first she didnt really have any symptoms, but for about the past month, shes had diarrhea, and the bottoms of her feet and hands are burt from the chemo. Her skin is turning a really dark color,which they say is also because of the chemo. They only gave my mom 18 months to live. It hurts so bad to see such a wondrful woman suffer. My mom is only 57. Just to young to die. On the last CT scan they said the only place she has it is in her liver now. I cant understand why they dont offer her a liver transplant or something. Does any one know if this is an option? Should we see another doctor?
[QUOTE=itsmegfa]My mom was told she had colon cancer in sept. of 2004. She had surgery to remove the 2 tumors. We then found out it had spread to her liver. We now know that she has it in 90% of her liver. Shes been doing chemo every week since nov. 17th(5fu, avastin, and somthing else that starts with an L). At first she didnt really have any symptoms, but for about the past month, shes had diarrhea, and the bottoms of her feet and hands are burt from the chemo. Her skin is turning a really dark color,which they say is also because of the chemo. They only gave my mom 18 months to live. It hurts so bad to see such a wondrful woman suffer. My mom is only 57. Just to young to die. On the last CT scan they said the only place she has it is in her liver now. I cant understand why they dont offer her a liver transplant or something. Does any one know if this is an option? Should we see another doctor?[/QUOTE]

Hi megfa
sorry to hear about your mum. It sounds like your mum is on an agressive chemo. Avastin is one of the new "wonder drugs" for treating colon cancer patients and is getting good press regards to prolonging life and reducing tumors. 90% is a lot of liver. My husband was in a similar position in 2003 and was told his liver was inoperable due to the secondaries size and position. The chemo he had (oxaliplatin/5fu/flonic acid) reduced the mets in his liver to the extent that they could resect the liver. They removed about 70% and he is still doing great.
The liver is a remarkable organ as it grows back very quickly (the only organ to do this). But because of this they have to be very careful that there is no cancer deposits in or around the liver cavity after resection. Any cancer that is left behind where the liver regenerates would also grow at that speed and you would be worse off.
Perhaps you could ask the oncologist and liver sugeon about what they expect to see happen to the liver post chemo. Will the tumors shrink enough for surgery? Are there too many of them or are they in the wrong place?

Hope the above helps. Good luck
ktee





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