Colon Cancer Sucks Ass

Monday, June 09, 2008

And Now The Moment You've All Been Waiting For

An Update!!!!!

Well, the school year is basically over. I still have a take-home final to do and a paper to put the finishing touches on. I'll have them both done by Friday. Woohoo!!! I've been so busy that I'm looking forward to my break. I am planning quite a bit of travel this summer. I'm visiting a friend in NYC at the beginning of July. My cousin is getting married towards the end of July so I'll be in the Midwest from then until the beginning of September. Another friend is getting married in September so I'll be in Seattle for a week right before classes start again. I'm not spending much time at home, but it should still be relaxing.

So how am I doing medically? I'm still on my a break from chemo. I had a scan in April which was stable except for one very small tumor (6mm) in my lung. I was given a couple of options. Chemotherapy and a lung resection were both seen as an over-reaction to such a small tumor. Instead, I could wait and see what it would do or I could see if I was a candidate for radio frequency ablation (RFA). Well waiting is not my strong suit, so I wanted to get RFA. It turns out that I am a candidate and my procedure is scheduled for tomorrow morning. My next scan will be in July.

I'm a little nervous about the procedure. It's outpatient, but I just expect that they'll keep me in the hospital overnight. I've looked up information about the procedure so I know what they're going to do, but I can't get the visual out of my mind of a little torch that comes out to burn the tumor. I also imagine the radiologist is wearing a welding mask and now, thanks to my friend Mandy, I head "What a feeling" playing in the background. I'll know this is all true if I wake up tomorrow in a chair dressed like a stripper with a cord hanging over my head that I'll have this strong desire to pull. I'll let you know what happens.


  • At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Don said…

    Hope everything is well. My preference would also be to ablate small tumors hoping their prodigy cells are caught within the scar sphere of the ablation. Thanks for the splash dance montage… and I hope you left the hospital doing the “outpatient” dance.

    Hold Fast

    Don Macleod

  • At 8:53 AM, Blogger One Mother with Cancer said…

    Good to see you are doing alright.

  • At 4:57 PM, Blogger bri said…

    so glad for this update! good luck with the RFA. post again when you can.

  • At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Please leave an update soon Christine, thanks, Fiona. (Husband also stage 4, diagnosed at 39)

  • At 7:45 PM, Blogger CLAIRE said…

    My first time reading your blog... glad to find other young folks like my hubby who are fighting this (his blog (via my words)... He is currently undergoing chemo and radiation for stage III colo-rectal cancer. Hope everything goes well with the RFA- I had one for my heart problems last year- it was more like the doc's are on the other side of a clear window looking down at you and at a screen while moving a joystick and hitting "the" red button, but I like your version,too ;) Goodluck with treatments and thanks for posting your story!

  • At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi - I found your blog on google, and wanted to contact you. I was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer on May 23, started chemo on June 17 after colon resectino on May 28, and am in the midst of the hell that is chemo. I hope that your RFA went well, and that your lack of posting is b/c you are too busy living life. Good luck, and I will keep you in my thoughts.



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