Nothing unusual, just took beta glucan before chemo/rad, dont think it had much to do with final result.
My activity was normall, walked every day 4-5 km, rain or shine, was off work during therapy, so that was my main job for time being.
Gym,first time over killed it, felt it for 2 days.
Avoided anti oxidants, vitamins, stayed on high protein food.
At the end its luck, stage, some cancers respond completlly, some dont.
Radiation peak is about 16,17 weaks from initiation, in some people it might take 6 months.
There is another tread where I posted some links about radiation, some info about folfox 3 doses in 9 weeks, post chemo/rad, inreases cCR to 50% from 25%.
Also you will find info in those links what is considered cCR.
Radiation plays major role, how they program it, my radiologist told me that they gonna focus on lymph nodes.
After radiation, was told not to touch antioxidants for at least couple of weeks.
There is no guarantee in this bussiness, surgery or no surgery, surgery is still considered king,
some people had pCR, they probablly had cCR as well, maybe re staging wasnt donne, or it wasnt an option,...
With surgery it is important to get clear edges if posiblle, otherwise if cancer cells present at the edges, cancer is still left and distrubed.
Chemo after chemo/rad is important, to kill any small microcells , if any.
Good luck to you!
55 year, male, never been seek in my life.
Diagnosed with T1,T2 N0 M0 rectal cancer, tumor 4.5cm, 1 suspicious lymph node
Discovered by pure lack, after taking baby ASA, had blood in stool.
25 sessions of Xeloda 1750 twice a day and Radiation 50 gy finished end of January 2017
Tumor erased, CCR, negative mri, ct, scope, just scar left, suspiciouss lymph node shrinked 65%
April 2017, started folfox 10 rounds, every second week