When the doctors knew what they were dealing with, there were a couple of options. One was to remove the cancer in the colon with surgery and then start chemo. But, that still left chemo for the lesions on the livers. The decision was to start chemo right away and see how small we can get these things before using a knife.
My colon was close to being blocked, so there was a concern that it could become blocked during chemo and really cause havoc. A colonoscopy doctor went "up" and placed a springy-piece of chicken wire in my colon to hold open the blockage throughout the entire, upcoming chemo months. (I have photos...I should post them.)
Chemo started on 27 December 2007 with me receiving a "boatload" of drugs. They say a lot of people either get one type or the other, but I got both because I'm young and strong. (Have you seen me lately?) So, we are one cycle into this process, now, and I'm SOOOO tired!