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by Cliff_l on Fri Mar 11, 2005 12:00 AM

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Cancer in colon eliminated by surgery.Invaded liver. Five infusions avastin+irinotecan reduced tumors size 25%. Continuing seven more infusions.

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by Esperanca on Mon Jun 06, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi Cliff, I'm also taking the same, plus Xeloda for colon mets to liver. I'm in my first month,and is very reassuring to know there was a reduction in size! GREAT! Did you had or have any side effect? so far I'm doing great, NOTHING!just fine...same with you? How long had you taken it? I wish you all the best, Esperanca

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by Redindian on Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi esperanca: My mom age 69 ,was diagnosed and operated for CC stage 4, and was cleaned up with surgery- started chemo 6 weeks after surgery but within 3 months despite chemo (oxaly/ca lecovorin /5FU)she had a spread in liver, one small spot 2cm by 2 cm and is now on same clinical trial as u- Avastin/Campto/Xeloda, after 2 cycles of this we have done a sono and it shows it has reduced in size...also anxious hoping after 6 it is further reduced or gone. She was not able to tolerate Folfox 4 treatment (the earlier treatment) and had terrible side effects. now however she is eating better and hope she starts gaining weight. Cancer runs in our family. Did Cliff reply to u re his 25 pc reduction. Thanks, your spirit is great. God Bless.

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by Esperanca on Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:00 AM

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Thanks for the reply Cliff, I'm happy your mom is doing well and I hope with NO side effect! Is indeed great news, that this combination will KILL the BEST, is very reassuring 25% reduction in 2 months! Thanks GOD and scientists to continuing searching for away to find a cure! Tomorrow I will go for my 2 cycle on chemo, so far only my hair is starting to fall and only on two occasions I had a queasy felling and right away ,had a nausea pill. I hope stays this away it for sure will be ease to get strength to kill the best with the power of positive thinking in conjunction with the drugs. Every time I take the zeloda (at home) and the avastin/cpt11(at the hospital) I do visualize every Little drop of the chemo targeting the the bad cells in a corner suffocating and dissolving it to ZERO! Let me know of the improvements your mom is doing, is very important to be in contact with people in the same boat,and I KNOW we have a life saver and this is only a detour in our planes and behind the dark clouds 100% the SUN WILL SHINE for us! All the best Esperanca


by Cliff_l on Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:00 AM

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This is Cliff L., Sorry to report Avastin fails to continue to produce postitive results. I have stopped all further drugs. I am on Hospice. I am optimistic, up-beat and joyously celebrating every beautiful day I am given. Best Wishes to you. Cliff L. (It was not my Mother, It is Me.)

Thanks For Update...cliff/esperanca

by Redindian on Fri Jun 17, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi Cliff I am sorry to hear that u are now not on any medication after so many rounds of Avastin etc. I know how debilitating it can be. I am a cancer survivor myself (NHL) 1994 and am now seeing my mom go through treatment for CC. How advanced was your cancer when u first found it? My mom was stage 3, which has now touched her liver even while she was going thru standard chemo Folfox. I too am concerned about continuous treatment as i would also like her to have a good quality of life vs struggling constantly on chemo. this is her wish too. I am hoping and praying that she does not reach the hospice stage soon. I hope u are not in much pain. You are so brave. Take care and God Bless. RedIndian.

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by Muts21 on Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:00 AM

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 Hi all, i am about to start using avastin+irinotecan soon as a combo. Do these 2 drugs cause hair loss?? I ve been using many other drugs like Taxotere/5FU/Cisplatin-Carboplatin and Epirubicin. I took the first 3 as a combo too. Now my hair is thin and it's  %60 percent back. What do you think? Am i going to loose it all??

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by Anniedips on Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cliff L:

You are an inspiration.  I wish you the best there is.  My husband survived three years with stage IV stomach cancer and lost his valiant effort on February 22, 2008.  He fought to the very end but his quality of life was not good.  Stopped Taxol treatments December 20 (doc wanted to give him a break from chemo which he had resumed in March 2007 due to liver mets).  My prayers go with you.  Peace.


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