Rich469 wrote:>> Anyone else doing or have done a similar treatment? It seems a bit excessive to me as I had 1 lymph node come back positive after surgery but my PET scan showed no spread of cancer. I am seriously considering stopping the chemo after a couple more treatments and exploring alternative methods of treatment.
I understand your worries; chemo ain't no fun, but as ANDRETEXAS said, its purpose is to keep the cancer from spreading. When you look around on this forum you'll see that there are many who have recurrences despite an earlier declared NED. I'm not in your league in that my cancer had already spread at diagnosis. Therefore I had little choice and took the full Capox treatment to make liver mets resectable. And, with success. Pathology reported that the chemo had been 100% effective; they found no living cancer cells in the resected samples - all due to chemo. When that news was shared, we got the full ceremony from all hot shots of the university faculty where I had my treatment. Main message was that there was a real possibility that the capox may have eliminated any other stray cells too.
You say that you're considering alternative methods of treatment. Your choice, of course. I'm glad I sat out the chemo, and yes, I still suffer from some neuropathy 3 1/2
yrs after chemo; and it is not allways 100% effective. But keep in mind that scans may miss small spots. With a lymph node affected, I'd say nuke any stray one that might be around. Keep in mind that you'll get over most of the chemo effects once cycles are over. And do keep your docs informed - they know when to reduce or stop.
Best wishes, L
Married MaleDec 2012 - Dx CC
@ age 65; 2 unresect liver mets, CEA 41.8Jan 2013 - IVa T3N1bM1a
colectomy @ spleen; 2/26 nodes
Feb-Aug 2013 - 1x Xelox-7x Xelox/Avastin, shrinkage from cycle 3
Sept 2013 - 2 failed Portal Vein embolizationsOct 2013 - R liver resect
28 hosp days (bad delirium, emboli, encephalopathy) pathology: cancer free CPR
2014/15 - recovery; benign polyp Apr '15Apr 2016 - reclaim life
, move house/town
1.3/1.4 CEAs and clean CTs - 4x2014, 4x2015/16; next May 2017