I was diagnosed with Bowel cancer in july 2005 and had emergency surgery after I was rushed to hosp with an obstruction which was when they found the tumor. I started chemo in Aug 2005 and was clear for 15mths before secondaries were found in my ovaries. I had a hysterectomy in May 2007 and was then told I had 4 small tumors in my liver this number grew to 7 quite quickly and surgery options were looked at and ruled out due to the positioning of the tumors 3 are in the liver and now 5 on the outside. Everyone is different and my diagnosis was grim with 6mths being a stretch in Aug 07. We are now in july 09 4 years since my cancer was found and 2 years since that terrible terminal diagnosis and I have just started another round of the dreaded chemo. My tumors went dormant until recently where scans have showed them to be growing again. I am confident that this new chemo (Avastin) with the folfox can but me some more quality time wouldn't do it if I didn't believe it was possible.I wished I could have had surgery and I was referred to 2 Drs Prof Morris in Sydney and a Prof in townsville where we were living before moving to Vic. You put your faith in your Drs but don't forget to put your faith in yourself and do what you feel is right for your body. I wish you the best of luck and hope that you find some comfort in knowing that there are others out there that know how you feel.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.