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Is it pretty much a death sentence? My buddy got married last year, his wife is pregnant, he just turned 35 years old and he was recently diagnosed with that bullshit. I guess it has spread to his liver. Does he have much of a chance to live more than a couple of years? I feel awful for the guy and his family.
My wife ( a MSU Grad Class of 95),who is 40, was diagnosed in 2011 with stage IV colon cancer. It was in her lymph nodes but luckily nowhere else. She beat it a year later but then it returned last August. She has since completed 39 straight weeks of chemotherapy. Her Oncologist told her to not pay attention to survival rates (which I believe are around 15% or so) because each person is different and that attitude and faith play a large role in the healing process. We have found that is generally true. As long as your buddy has something to fight for, such as a newborn kid or in my wife's case our 9 and 11 year olds, and has a strong belief and support system in place, anything is possible. God bless and hang in there.
Sorry man. Prayers for you and your family.
Thoughts and prayers to both of you...
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I think typically the outlook is not good. One of my good friend's sister passed away from Stage 4 Colon cancer after being diagnosed for 6 months. It depends on where it has spread to. In her case it had already spread to the liver, lyphnodes and her lungs.
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I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
I'm not sure what stage my bosses wife (mid to late 40's) was at, but after a year, they said it is in remission. I know that she had 2 or three surgeries. It had spread to the liver for sure. She did 6 rounds of chemo, 1 round every other week, then surgery, then a month after surgery started another 6 rounds of chemo. If the doctors want to send him to Houston, it may not be good. If the doctors think that normal procedures can fight it, that is a good sign.
I didn't ask a lot of details, because I'm not sure how to ask about things of that nature.
It's not good, and even if he survives, life will never be the same.
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At what age do people start to get a colonoscopy?
I started at 50 and while drinking that stuff is not like diet coke, it is well
worth it, because Colon cancer is one of those that IS preventable.
If it's already spread to his liver, that's generally not a good sign.
Stages are just a way to describe how far the cancer has spreaded. Each individual case is different as we know.
I had A very advance stage and only took a 12 week cycle of chemo to crush it, even aftrr it spreaded to my lungs and liver. However, there have been people with lesser cases then mines that wern't so fortunate.
Everything depends on how the body reacts to what is given to you.
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35 here because I had some issues and wanted some answers.
That and a vasectomy are the two of the easiest and painless procedures around that people seem to worry about ahead of time.
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In fairness, this can be said about eating broccoli.
Bronco and HSCoach, best of luck to both of you, and your friend/wife/families. Cancer sucks. No way around that.
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ditto 'hscoach'....I have friends and family that have beat it with similar odds....your in my thoughts for sure.
true, but as tJYD said....everyone reacts differently to chemo and treatment in general. Sounds like he has ALOT to live for...he can beat it.
This. Liver cancer is very bad news.
Thoughts and prayers to all the sufferers. Wish all of you the very best in overcoming illnesses.
Do you know the cicumstances surrounding how he found out?
how do you even know you would have something like this?
fecal occult test, colonoscopy, family history, change in bowel habits, etc.
ah ha, ok
Mostly you begin noticing changes in how you go to the bathroom. Don't ignore it.
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I've had colon cancer, and a recurrence...chemo, radiation, two surgeries, the second resulting in a permanent colostomy. (You know how they say opinions are like assholes...every one has one?....I don't!)
The concerning fact is the degree of spread...solving that will likely involve prolonged unpleasant chemo....which really sucks.
Five and ten year survival rates are worth discussing as your buddy plans contingencies to provide for his family....they don't serve any other purpose as every case is different.
He should seriously consider going to Houston....those guys are the best in the world.
Should your friend want someone to discuss surgeries and their aftermath with who has been there PM me and we can set it up.
Oh man, I can't imagine what you two went through and continue to go through. Thank you for your response. Like your wife, my friend definitely has a lot of fight in him and a great support system. The wellest of wishes and God bless to you guys as well.
Persistant abdominal pain and recurring IBS made him go get checked out by a docter.
Thank you and the best of luck and fortune in your own battle.
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