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Default BIL - Stage 4 Colon Cancer

While I rarely post, I visit THT daily for the sage advice and amusing anecdotes.
Unfortunately, I have a reason to post now, and that is to ask for your prayers.

As young children, my sister and I lost our mom to breast cancer. After that, our aunt, who adopted us, survived 2 bouts with breast cancer. Sadly, we find ourselves up against this relentless beast again.
My sister's husband was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

A fit and healthy firefighter, my brother-in-law, Rob, went from being symptom free to stage 4 almost overnight. He was feeling fine up until about the 4th of July when he began to lose weight and experience GI issues that left him unable to work. Inflammation of the colon delayed a colonoscopy and after weeks of appointments and tests, we received the devastating news that he has stage 4 colon cancer on August 21st. He began chemo Sept. 4th at Dana Farber in Boston and we're confident he'll win this fight.

Please keep Rob, as well as his wife and 3 children, in your prayers, as you've done for so many others on this great forum.
For those of you who have travelled this road before, and can offer advice, I'm all ears.

Rob has a great support team of family and friends and his brothers at the Wakefield (MA) Fire Department have been phenomenal.
What we need most now are your prayers.
Thanks!
Matt


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I'm sorry to hear about your BIL.

Look into Keytruda. It is an immuno therapy that can be used for certain stage 4 colon cancers.

https://www.keytruda.com/

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Prayers sent to your BIL. My wife lost a younger sister to CC. She also has an older sister that is a survivor, I would guess it runs in her family. No one knows what Gods are for any of us.
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Good luck to Rob. Fireman have significantly higher chances of cancer and it’s a constant concern. Hopefully he will kick it’s butt quick. F cancer

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Prayers for Rob..Cancer sucks..
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Prayers positivity and hugs to Rob!!
he is in my thoughts...consitent positivity efforted!!
and more hugs!!
Hang tuff Rob!!!
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Thank you HeadHunt, JRG41, Brett, Cracker, and Lance. Your prayers and supportive words are greatly appreciated.
HeadHunt, I'll be sure to mention Keytruda to him.
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Terrible, terrible, terrible, wish him and family the best outcome.
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I'm very sorry to read this, but with the love of family and a fighting spirit, he will beat this.

FWIW, this will get me off my butt (no pun intended) to schedule my 5 year follow up on my colonoscopy. (It was due Sept. 5th). Do you know the last time your BIL had one?
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He's got this.

Scheduling my colonoscopy Monday.
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F cancer! Tell rob to keep his head up and stay strong. Nothing is put in our plate we weren’t meant to handle. Rob will be in our family’s prayers
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Hopeful for a good outcome. Prayers sent..
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My friend had stage four and had to do chemo and radiation at same time ....he road his bike after every treatment no matter how bad he felt. Two weeks after last treatment was completed we did 400 mile ride for four days. CTs prior to his scheduled surgery showed it was gone; No surgery still cancer free two years later. Not sure if the bike was coincidence or what but wonder if the exercise helped
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Thanks all!
John_Madison CT, IIRC he's 48 and was scheduled to get his 1st colonoscopy at 50.
I'm 44 and just scheduled my first physical in years. While there, I will be pushing for one myself.
Get checked and stay safe all!

It seems 50 is still the most common age for the first screening, unless you're at a higher risk, though as of 2018 the American Cancer Society recommends 45.
https://www.webmd.com/colorectal-can...-colonoscopy#1
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Grouperdawg, I'm so glad to hear of your friend's positive outcome!
I don't believe Rob ever rode, but we may just have to get him a bike
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Prayers for Rob and your family !
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Rob, my heart and prayers go out to you and fish, SHOW THEM HOW IT'S DONE ROB!!!
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wow, that sucks, prayers to your whole family. I got my first colonoscopy at 52, was told I was good for ten years. Then at 54 I decided to find my birth parents, (I was adopted), found out my birth father died of colon cancer at 39, when my primary heard that, I went back on the five year schedule. Prep is not much fun, but its the best nap you will have had in a while. Be strong!!!
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We're on this!!!!!!!

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