Oncologist recommended stopping the chemo - so completion of four cycles rather than five. He says with the gut problems (capecetibine) and foot neuropathy (ice picks in toes) the negative side effects may be outweighing positive benefits, given my staging etc. He has felt the this third phase shows the weakest survival benefit and also the weakest evidence after the chemo radiation and surgery. Is completely comfortable with the call. Wants me to recover from all this and see him in two months. So - woo hoo!
RC, F, 63 at diagnosis, Sept. 2017
Adenocarcinoma 6.3 - 7 cm tumor (PET)
Initial path, MSS, G2,
Stage est. T3N0M0 PET only
2500 Cap/RT Oct/Nov18; 25 treatments
"Near complete metabolic response" PET Jan 2018
CEA 0.5 Oct. 2017, Jan. 2018
MRI Feb. 2018 for Presurgical staging yT2 N0 12 cm from AV 3 cm in size
LAR Feb 20 yT1N0M0 0/21 G1 0.3 cm in size
CAPEOX starting March 2018, oxi and cap reduced to 80% at cycle 3
Completed 4 cycles CAPEOX; stopped due to gut issues.