Re: Still cancer-free

Betsy...hugs and kisses right back at you. You are a trooper and take the grand prize for living with the nuisance of a leaky bile duct. 
Happy, happy, dog sitting.
Hugs,
Marion

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Re: Still cancer-free

Thank you for sharing and congrats. What a blessing. I hope you are cancer free forever. This helps to lift my spirits. yay!!!

Re: Still cancer-free

A little over a year ago Bob had liver resection (unfortunately with microscopic cancer cells at one margin), then underwent Xeloda and radiation therapy, rested for a month and then on to six cycles of gem/cisplatin.  He has just had his third MRI, no sign of cancer.  There is hope.  We are so happy.  He looks great and feels even better.  Again, there is hope.  Unfortunately insurance denied all of our treatments.   Bastards.

Re: Still cancer-free

Dear jgutt, CONGRATULATIONS on Bob being a CC SURVIVOR. That is the best news ever!  These Insurance Companies....Grrrrr. Has your Doctor tried writing them? Sometimes it really helps for them to step in. Love the GOOD news though!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Re: Still cancer-free

We had three appeals, all denied, even though the Ombudsman thought that with positive margins in Bob's case he should have adjuvant chemotherapy.  The insurance company decided to interpret it differently.  Three oncologists recommended chemo, and everytime a insurance case worker would call they were just plain nasty.  We were approved in the beginning, then they said they made a mistake, which took Bob out of the running for some clinical trials because he had already started the xeloda and radiation.   Enough said the most important thing is that my husband is alive and well.   My plea is for everyone to stay positive.  For a cancer that we were told was very, very rare, it apparently isn't so, but THERE IS HOPE.   One thing is for sure, we certainly look at life differently now.