Stage 4 Colon Cancer Prognosis

Stage 4 Colon Cancer Prognosis

The first stage 4 colon cancer prognosis my husband got was pretty bleak: a few months to live! This came as a shock and at the same time it didn’t seem real. Even though, when I was looking at my husband, he was looking like the walking dead, the reason I demanded that he see a doctor, a couple of months before that bleak stage 4 colon cancer prognosis.

So, this was two years ago, the verdict from the oncologist was clear: stage 4 colon cancer and a critical situation. Neither he, nor I had at the time realized the seriousness of the illness. Cancer for me meant death. Friends of mine had it throughout the years and they were gone, my mom had it and after years of battle she had left us the year prior.

The only thing that did not make any sense to my husband was that his parents were both still alive in their 90’s with his father just short of 2 years to be 100. Nor did my husband have any plans of giving up his life at that time either. These factors got us to believe that the stage 4 colon cancer prognosis we got was not quite right. But, we had no clue what we were dealing with. We were like an ant facing an elephant in the eyes.

Our first visit after the initial diagnosis laid out the ritual we were going to go through for the next few months: chemo treatment every three weeks. The idea of chemotherapy was giving me tremors in my spine. All of the people I knew who had chemotherapy were no longer among us. On the other side, I also knew if we were doing nothing, it wouldn’t be long. My husband’s look was really hard to watch. I left the job I had which kept me away from home most of the day and week and stayed home to take care of my husband and do all I could to make his sufferings lesser and his life brighter.

Naturally, we turned to the internet to research what other people do in this kind of condition. What we found is pretty astounding and overwhelming for people who know nothing about such a disease and how to overcome it.

I’ll spare all the details in this short post, and I’ll say in a nutshell that there are almost as many remedies out there as there are cancer patients. The truth is, that no matter the cancer, the decision of making it through rests with the patient. You need the right state of mind. Once the patient has made the decision of fighting the disease, then all the other elements will help pave the road to recovery. And the road isn’t easy, especially if you’re at stage 4, which means that the source of the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. It is thus more difficult to win the battle over all malignant tumors.

One year ago, we thought we were done, the cancer was in remission. However, it came back as fast as a galloping horse. And after new chemo treatments, the verdict was that he would have to have maintenance chemo treatments for the rest of his life. This to me was devastating. I was able to see that while the chemo treatments were keeping the pain away and the condition stable, they were impinging on the other parts of the body and restraining his ability to simply live life.

At that point we doubled our efforts in each routine action we had implemented in addition to the chemo treatments to fight the monster. And a miracle happened: four more chemo treatments down the road and our oncologist changed his verdict. He said that surgery could now be considered pending the say of the concerned surgeons. Our only hope of getting rid of all the bad tumors. And we went through the process. And another two months later, another miracle occurred: after surgery, having reviewed all scans, pathology reports and blood tests, he declared my husband clinically cancer free! What a relief! What we have to do now is make sure this is not going to come back like last year… but this time, there’s hope, the cancer is not in remission, it’s not there. We beat the initial stage 4 cancer prognosis we got!


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  1. Ancozz
    6 years ago

    Colon cancer can occur at any age, but the symptoms are far more commonly displayed by lesser illnesses. Colonic cancers are more prevalent in older patients, but there has been an increase in the number of younger patients who follow a western style diet high in processed foods. Common illnesses are common is one of the first things quoted to medical students, and there are many common ailments which singly or in combination can cause all of the symptoms of colonic cancer. Accurate diagnosis involves taking tissue samples for microscopic examination and the process in which this is done can be a bit uncomfortable but is not painful.The internet and self-diagnosis can in many ways be more worrying than the illness itself. Stop assuming it’s cancer and let the expert make a diagnosis. Even if your worst fears are realized, then early detection and modern treatment ensure a high survival rate; treatments have dramatically improved even in the three years that I’ve been interested in oncology.

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