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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).

Sparrow

Amazing news, @Chris82 !! Well done, young lad :) hugs :x::x::x:

Lizalou

Great news @Chris82 :x::x:

CD1966

Fantastic news @Chris82 - great to hear.

Chris82

Another stable scan!

After thinking about this over the past few months, we have decided to try moving to having my treatment (still Avastin and 5FU) every three weeks instead of every fortnight. Obviously these decisions are hard, but my tumour markers are now normal and I hope this will give my body a bit of a break and create more time for all my many activities...

:x:

Bear G

Hi @Chris82
That’s fab news on both counts, stable scan is just what you want to hear.
I’m a big fan of extending the break between cycles in maintenance chemo, it really helped me and improved tolerability.
Spookily was going to write to you today! Are you going to the volunteers conference in Birmingham?
Big hugs

Chris82

Thanks @Bear G! Hoping to go, will message you...

Lizalou

Really pleased to hear this @Chris82 , sounds like a good plan. :x:

Polly 1

Oh that's brilliant news @Chris82 :x:

david watt

4 years, congratulations 🎊 @Chris82

chris61

Great news @Chris82 !

Tiffany

@Chris82

Nice to hear good news from you. Mike was every three weeks 5FU and Avastin after a while as he was finding the 5FU hard. It really made a difference to him and hope it does with you too.

Thinking of you. Lots of love Tiffany :x:

determinedjoan

Congratulations @Chris82 ! Gr8 news ! V well done 👍 u :x:

angelj

Another success story @Chris82 just brilliant news, wishing you well with your treatment plan whatever you decide :x:

1234annie

Brilliant news!! :x: :x: :x:

terri m

Lovely news @Chris82 on your scan results.. Enjoy all your activities👍💗💝:x:

Clancy

Fabulous news @Chris82, and a good idea two request 3 weekly chemo. Do let us know what the oncologist says.:x::x:

Chris82

Thanks all! The 3-weekly chemo is agreed, it was more us holding back on making the decision. My oncologist tends to offer me options.

CD1966

Great news @Chris82 - just catching up with this.