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David L Russell
Sep 16, 2018 Latest post:
15 hours ago
As most of you know, because most of you went through it with me, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer (stage 3) just over 5 years ago. I had a colon resection and under went 6 months of chemotherapy. I was told at the onset that I was a strong candidate for reoccurrence, Also, if I were cancer free for 5-years, chances of remaining cancer free were very good. Well, at the 5-year mark my tumor marker in my blood work was high and the CT-scan revealed a growth in the abdomen which required a closer look. Biopsy revealed I have mucinous adenocarcinoma (try saying that 3-times fast). With "carcinoma" in its name, you know it is not a good thing. On September 11, 2018, I had a discussion over the telephone with my oncologist. They were testing the sample to determine what trial/treatment options were available. Without treatment, I may have 6-months. With treatment, maybe 20 to 30 months. Of course, that is based on averages and the doctors do not know how stubborn I can be (it must be from our Dutch side). Tomorrow, September 18, 2018, I will meet with the oncologist to find out what, if any, treatment options are being considered. I will update the Journal entry at that time.