My fiancé, Tim, was diagnosed August 17, 2016 with colon cancer after a colonoscopy. Had surgery on September 7, 2016. Went back 2 weeks later and was told it was Stage 3 B.
He is 50 years old and has always been healthy. All of this is being done at the V.A. hospital in Tampa. The oncologist we met with yesterday told us about the chemo and the process. We thought it would be an IV infusion every other week. Found out they do chemo on Tuesday. He'll have a port that they will put additional medication into and then have to go back on Thursday to have it removed. This will be done every other week. He told us about the side effects. We knew about the common ones but the hand pain and tingling is scary. The doctor also told him no working for 6 months.
Tim said forget it. He's not doing it. Doctor said 5 year survival rate without chemo is 60-70%. With chemo, 79%. Is it worth it? I would think those numbers are skewed. Don't they use a lot of 70-80 year olds? Is there a study with people just 35-55? His opinion is that since he had an aunt die from brain cancer after doing all the treatments, he wants to enjoy life. I believe after thinking about it overnight, he has changed his mind. I want him with me for a long time.
Can anyone advise on these medications? They are the names the doctor gave us. Adrucil and Eloxatin.
Thank you in advance for all your information. Andrea
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