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    King
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      Hi Kevin,

      You must hang onto hope but be realistic.  I advanced to Stage IV in 2005 when a 4.5cm tumor was found in my liver.  I had a liver resection (70% of my liver removed) followed by a year of participating in a Phase II clinical trial of GM-CSF.  In 2008, I had a recurrence with a tumor around my pancreas and a subcutaneous tumor in my left hip area.  Of course, this was very bad news since I had gone 2 1/2 years with no evidence of disease (NED) and now I had a recurrence in 2 different areas.  However my aggressive surgeon once again pulled it off.  I realize that surgery is probably not an option for you at this point because of several areas of metastasis.  However, the odds were against me…I have been a Stage IV patient for 5 years now.  There are more systemic treatments in trials now then ever before.  

      I've been treated at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL (where I live).  Do your research, post your questions and surround yourself with supportive family and friends.  We have a lot of personal experience here and love to share it.

       

      Stay Strong

      King

      Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

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