Well, Spring is here... and with it comes HOPE! - AND GOOD NEWS!! The embolization seems to have worked - it has produced a lot of dead tumor cells... That's good news. To tell you the truth, because we've never really had good news in the last two and a half years, we told ourselves that if there was no progression, that would be great. We weren't disappointed. Tony's tumour marker (CEA level) went down 300 points after the (hepatic artery) embolization. Of course, we are caustiously optimistic because his tumour marker nearly tripled between the end of January to the end of March; going from 805 to 2349. There is still a lot of disease left, but we are moving in the right direction. As well, his surgeon seemed very pleased that Tony is getting Erbitux. He said all the members of the Tumour Board cheered when they heard that the SAP application had been approved. That can only be good, right? Tony will be scheduled for another CT-scan and tumour marker test in 6 weeks time (after this round of Erbitux). At that point they will re-evaluate and decide on next steps.
So for tonight, it's all good. Hopefully our visits to the colorectal surgeon and Mathieu's gastroenterologist tomorrow will also be cause for optimism... Keep your fingers crossed.
I am a happily married 40-year-old mother of two boys, 13 and 10. A little over 2 years ago, on our wedding anniversary (Dec.03-'04), my husband (38 years old at the time) was diagnosed with colon cancer. We have since learned that his disease has metastatised to his liver and that he has a disease called FAP. Although his case was spontaneous, meaning he did not inherit it, our sons each had a 50-50 chance of having the same gene mutation. As it turns out, our youngest son also has the gene mutation and, at his last scope, had 18 polyps. In order to deal with all of this, and other challenges, we have had to learn to live one day at a time.