July 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm #83494
6.47 in the A.M and I was thinking of crispy duck Marion, must have been in need of my breakfast me thinks! As much as I like my prunes and toast for breakfast, crispy duck sounds better!
Hugs back at you,
GavinJuly 11, 2014 at 10:48 am #83493magicMember
I think most of the time this one is the quick and nasty cancer…..the one that bowls you overJuly 11, 2014 at 7:18 am #83492marionsModerator
Ha, ha, we can always count on Gavin embellishing on food subjects. You go, Gavin.
MarionJuly 11, 2014 at 4:57 am #83491
Yep, so agree with what you say as well! And I’ll add to your attempts to lighten things up here too if that’s okay with you, as for ducks….. crispy skin and plum sauce with mine please!
My best to you,
GavinJuly 10, 2014 at 11:58 pm #83490marionsModerator
Duke….quack, quack on that. Couldn’t agree more with your statement.
MarionJuly 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm #83489dukenukemMember
Coming up on my first anniversary of diagnosis so I looked back now that I have an idea what this is all about (as much as anyone).
What prompted my question was that in October 2012 my alk phos was 348 and increased to 449 a month later. It was about 70 the year before. It increased to 856 by the time I was diagnosed in July 2013. I know it is not proof of cc, but it should have prompted my PCP to do something other than order two retests that confirmed it was high. This is something that impacts both the Registry and the Mayo study since they want the diagnosis date. Which begs the question about what my treatment options could have been. But that train has left the station. I’ve come to grips with that.
More importantly, it highlights the importance of following up when things don’t look right rather than thinking “doctor knows best.” That’s the message everyone who reads this post needs to take to their friends and family. Doctors are human. Second opinions and all that. Plus numerous posts about clueless doctors.
This has been pretty much a downer, so to attempt to lighten this up:
If it doesn’t look like a duck, walk like a duck, or quack like a duck, maybe you should buy your ducks somewhere else.
DukeJuly 8, 2014 at 1:00 am #83488mbachiniModerator
I agree with Emad….Cancer JUST SUCKS!!July 6, 2014 at 12:38 am #83487seekMember
I agree with all what was said.
Every case is different with cc, some patients have slow progression and others a very aggressive one.
My Mom had her yearly check up CT scan for her abdomen in March 2013 and everything looked normal. A CT scan in mid December showed several lesions on her liver, we were in shock. I am still in denial of the whole situation.
So as Kris is guessing, it might be the mutation or other factors that we still don’t know about.
cancer just SUCKS
EmadJuly 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm #83486kvollandMember
Just like everyone else I think all we have is anecdotal evidence and it seems to differ for everyone. Mark was stage IIIb after his resection and I know he had symptoms at least 6 years prior to diagnosis. His tumor was about 3 cm by 2 cm by 3 cm so my guess is pretty slow growing in his case. Guess it’s just whatever mutation the genes have.
KrisVJuly 5, 2014 at 5:10 am #83485
Wish that I could answer this question for you but I can’t I’m afraid. I would argue though that it would be different for every patient, some quicker and some slower, much like everything to do with CC really. I haven;t seen any studies, data or reports about this and if I come across any I’ll post them here.
My best to you,
GavinJuly 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm #83484iowagirlMember
Duke….same question I had for my doctors and never got an answer. They just said there was no way to really know. That wasn’t good enough for me…but was the best I got from the doctors.July 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm #83483lisacraineParticipant
I know when they looked at my tumor after resection they estimated the tumor was about 16 months old. My diagnosis was stage IV ICC.
LisaJuly 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm #83482yellow77roseMember
They saw my mom’s tumor on scans over 2 years before diagnosis. She was critically ill from crohn’s disease/colitis that they didn’t bother checking out the “spot” until they were able to get the crohn’s stable. After about 2 years of no changes, the tumor got slightly bigger. That is when they did the biopsy and diagnosed bile duct cancer. With chemoemobolizations and systematic chemo it was relatively stable for the next 3.5 years. Then after a month-long break from the chemo, it spread like wildfire to her bones (leg and eventually her hip and rib-cage) and then her lungs. She did try a clinical trial and another chemo but when she discovered it spread, she said no more and passed just 3 weeks later.July 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm #83481kris00jMember
Duke, I think this depends on the particular mutation. There are fast growing tumors and slow growing tumors. So I don’t think this question can be answered in a paragraph.
My surgeon said the Stage IV tumor in my liver was probably about 9 months old. And it was only about 4×6 cm. but the placement is what determined stage IV.July 3, 2014 at 4:06 pm #83480lainyMember
Hi Duke, Not sure this can be answered as I don’t think we know, its a guessing game. Teddy was staged at 1B after his Whipple. The CC returned to the same place (ampulla of vater) 2008 had Cyber Knife returned again Jun 2010 again same place, passed Dec 2010. Never had chemo as 4 ONCs/Radmen said it would not work. But remember that was a long time ago in our CC world.
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