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Could someone explain the importance of cancer seeds? A relative who has suffered two operations for breast cancer has just been diagnosed with cancer seeds in her lower spine and pelvic girdle. I am particularly interested to know how dangerous this is as I have received conflicting information. Also what is considered to be the best treatment?
hope this helps a little.
on a slightly 'off topic' note.....i think this demonstrates a good reason for chemo after surgery.. i know some are against having more treatment than surgery, but personally i'd like to think every last little speck of cancer was eradicated by chemo or radio etc...just my opinion though..rant over
(sorry for the thread hijack)
Hi there imabloke,
Thanks for the blog address, this sheds a little more light on what my oncologist told me before Christmas. Cancer in the ascending colon + 20 lymph nodes( only one node affected), removed in November 2007 followed by 1 course of of xylodia which was badly tolerated, and I refused further courses (no alternative suggested), however my CEA count went down to 3, and I felt fine and well, still do. Four CT scans as routine checks showed nothing, but a rising CEA count gave course for concern and CT scan number 5 showed exceedingly small nodes in the Lt Lung. My oncologist and my GP (who used to work in oncology), have both told me that the seeds went travelling before my surgery, and have taken just under 3 yrs to find a host spot to settle in.
They have made me wait 3 months (before deciding the treatment), for another CT scan, which I have later today 14th Feb. Pat alias cougar69
Hi, I to had bowel cancer in 2009, had a left hemicolectomy, but no chemo, a year later they said I had very small nodules on my lungs, but they said they were not sure what they were! After 2 moreI ct scans I have been told I have metastis on both lungs and will need chemo but he wants to leave chemo until they are bigger.I am really scared and am not sure what to think. I t is nice to chat to other people though.Hope all goes well for you keep me posted. Pam
Fascinating article, I would love to know where the research is at a year on. To chemo or not to chemo - my ma had an advanced bowel cancer between 15 and 20 years ago, contained and safely removed, with months and months of chemo afterwards; she's now 80 and has had no further cancer issues. I know chemo takes a lot out of one, but personally I am pro the zap it, nuke it, get rid of it concept. This said from a purely emotive view point, being scared for my own situation, and without having done any research whatsoever on the other possible long term side effects of chemo. I've not heard anything about it, but I am well-aware of the negative side-effects of not having it. Metastasis or at least the constant fear of metastasis.
Had my follow up appointment with Oncologist today (22nd Feb). My CEA count is now at 9; the nodes have grown a little in the 3months wait, but have been told that after a lung capacity test, he will refer me to the Thoracic surgeon who may want to repeat the PET scan; but is saying that my 2 nodes might be able to be removed by a couple of wedges. I asked about Chemo or radiotherapy to follow the surgery and he said No, just repeat CT scans every 6months. When I was first diagnosed by biopsy tail end Oct 2007, I had two polyps which he did not remove because of cross contamination. These were down in my notes to be removed 3 months post surgery! In meantime as I say, CEA went down to 3 by June 2009, polyps eventually removed in July 2009 together with 3 others which had appeared (all benign), but there on in, my CEA count started to rise. I think we all start living like a 'cat on a hot tin roof' and its not always very clear cut. Different parts of the country/different surgeons viewpoints, and we do not all conform to the norm as our surgeons see it, that's what makes 'life a ***** sometimes' ! Kick ass girl and ask why this and why that, take nothing as read. pat alias cougar69
Thanks for your reply hope things get better for you.My dr said he could not operate on my lungs as their are too many polyps on both lungs,I just have to wait to see what he says when I go back in April, I do wonder if in the they might be able to do something.
All the best. pamB