Topic: Recently Diagnosed
Hello fellow fighters!
I'm a 45 year old husband and father of 4 (ages 14-9; Fantastic4) and was diagnosed with Stage IV CC this past May. I have mets to liver, gallbladder, and both lungs which also means I'm not a candidate for surgery or radiation. My palliative chemo regimen started with GEMOX and I went through 8 cycles of every other week. I had some clinical progression and had bilateral stents placed in September at which time we also added Tarceva. Due to neuropathies, BMS, and progression, my oncologist has switched regimen to 5-FU + leucovorin weekly and Tarceva daily. I will be getting a repeat Pet scan the end of this week or next week. I've been monitoring the clinical trials offered on clinicaltrials.gov and have really not found anything too exciting as of yet. I have consulted with Penn, Fox Chase, and Jefferson. Although my prognosis is grim, I have the advantage of a phenomenal wife providing tremendous amounts of love and support, 4 terrific kids, relatively young age with no other comorbidities, and an extremely positive attitude.
Just wanted to introduce myself, give a brief history, and thank everyone for their participation and support.