I did the long course of radiation. I had 3 rounds of FOLFOX, before radiation. Standard radiation comes with Xeloda or 5 FU. I was lucky, mine included oxiloplatin.
I was very tired of my side effects.
I had surgery, and after surgery, I opted for the short course of 5FU.
I switched oncs, and I had an option.
She knew I just fired an onc, because he wanted FOLFOX, with erbi and iri, for final chemo. I was a stage 2a.
I was offered 1week of 5FU , 1 week off, and 1 final week of 5FU, by push injection.
The other option which I took was, a push of 5 FU, once a week for 6 weeks, 2 weeks off,
then a push of 5FU for the next 6 weeks. I was low on iron also, so once a week I got infused with iron.
the total sessions were one and a half hours per week.
That is my version of short term chemo, 12 infusions in 14 weeks. I couldn't get the time off to do it in 3 weeks, nor after surgery, could I afford to take three more weeks off work.
There are options other than standard protocol, that are just as effective!
7/11 diagnosed Stage 2 colon and rectal cancer
Reversal & port removal
21 round of chemo Folfox 9tx, 5fu 12 tx
Last treatment July 2012