- August 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm
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.
Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets