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Younger people with bowel cancer

Chris82

Hello (...and updates from Chris82)

I just wanted to introduce myself.

I'm 32 (and male) and was diagnosed three and half weeks ago. The cancer has spread both to my liver (two places) and there are multiple deposits in the peritoneum. My oncologist has indicated an 'average' life expectancy of 2-3 years but has warned me that I could only have 6-9 months if I don't respond to treatment.

I'd been experiencing what I thought was IBS (mainly discomfort that has come and gone - it all still seems very mild) for about 7 months and had been to the doctor a few times. I was only recently referred for a colonoscopy after some blood tests showed the inflammation.

There isn't any surgical option at this point, unless it's necessary as an emergency due to blockage, which miraculously has not happened yet. I've so far had one cycle of FOLFOX and Avastin just over a week ago, with no major side effects so far. I barely have any symptoms at all right now in fact.

Obviously the whole thing has come as a massive shock. I only got married two months ago. My husband, family and friends are all being amazing and I think I'm coping well. But I also lack any connections with other people in a similar position, especially of my age - so I thought I would at least say hello (before I go to bed).

KarenE

Brilliant news @Chris82 :x::x:

angelj

Lovely to hear @Chris82 :x::x:

Jane39

@Chris82 . That is wonderful news :x::x:

Salgal

Awwww brilliant @Chris82 :x::x::x:

HH79

Brilliant @Chris82! Even better outcome, wow! I bet that really took you by surprise!! :x:

PixieSister

Fab news! My sister is cancer free atm and what a fantastic feeling that is! :x:

DianeS

Hi @Chris82 so lovely to hear from you, and thank you for sharing your amazing news. Well done you, so pleased 💪💪💪😀 :x::x:

Hollyhock

Fantastic news @chris28 , I'm so pleased for you :x::x:

angepange

Hi there @Chris82 , that is good news. You are doing amazingly. So pleased you will get less chemo and more fun! Lots of love Angie.:x::x:

Lirio345

Brilliant news, take very good care, Kim :x::x:

charleyb

Brilliant news @Chris82 :x::x:

Lizalou

That's really good news @Chris82 and on reduced chemo too! :x:

Barbara

@Chris82 fab news. Gives me more confidence about extending chemo from two weeks to theee as well!
Barbara :x::x:

cyclingjohnny

Fantastic news, you are an inspiration, all the best. John

mem

Great news @Chris82 :x::x:

GD62

Marvellous @Chris82 you're an inspiration, best wishes :x::x::x:

Chris82

Thank you to everyone for kind comments. This whole community is an inspiration as far as I'm concerned!

island girl

@Chris82 fab news really pleased for you :x::x:

azro3

@Chris82 fantastic news Chris! All the best