Oncology (General Cancer)/S/P colon cancer to omentum


QUESTION: The wife (+/- 65 yoa) developed colon blockage secondary to malignancy 9 years after clean colonoscopy.  Treated surgically without chemo approximately one year ago and did well clinically.  Within the past week catscan showed two masses in her omentum, each approximately one centimeter long.  PET scan confirmed.
Would appreciate your thoughts, comments, and suggestions, particularly in regard to treatment and prognosis.  Thank you very much;  I believe you provide a much needed service.

ANSWER: This is not a good situation, as you know.  If she were my patient, I'd seriously consider going to a center that managed peritoneal surface malignancies.  If your wife has standard therapy, she can't be cured, and her survival will be limited.  Standard therapy would involve chemotherapy together with a vegf growth factor inhibitor, and would probably buy her a year to two years.  Peritoneal surface therapy, which would involve removing all disease surgically, then treating the peritoneal surface with chemotherapy (and heat), followed by standard therapy, just might cure her.  There are people who have done very well with this more aggressive approach, but of course, many who haven't.  Right now would be the best time to explore these alternative and investigational treatments.  Hope this helps.  

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QUESTION: Thanks again.  For clarification, the woman under discussion is the wife of a friend, not my wife.  Are you able to suggest experienced practioners of "peritoneal surface therapy" in the Northeast?  That would be extremely helpful.  
With gratitude,

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Dr. Martin Goodman, Tufts University Medical Center

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I have been a practicing medical oncologist for 36 years, and have been chief of service at a major medical center for 25 years. I've also done research in cancer treatments.

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