Andrea...I was initially diagnosed as a stage IIA, did a more unconventional approach to treatment (opted out of the LAR for an excision), did chemoradiation, more chemo and have been out of treatment now for almost 9 years. In June, it will be 10 years since my diagnosis.
Yes, it could come back OR I could get another primary....somewhere else in the colon or in my body. I can't worry about that and stress about it. IF I do, then I'm not living life....but rather wasting precious time worrying about something that I can't control.
Here's something else you need to understand. IF any stage has a recurrence after 10 years...that is extremely unusual AND, according to all of my doctors, it would lead to a better prognosis in the future. It would tend to be slow growing (seriously..ten years??), would have been caught early and would likely be more amenable to treatment. You can't live your life worrying every minute about something that might happen.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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