Watch and Wait even though its a newer method, has still been around quite a few years and they do have data on it. Numerous articles have been coming out about not rushing to surgery when a patient has CCR.
Of course its still a difficult decision because the standard of care has always been, surgery is king. Watch and Wait is kind of debunking that thought and working for a lot of people. Like anything in cancer, there was a time when nothing could be done, everyday, month, year there is new things that can be done. So we should all be open to Watch and Wait, Surgery, Chemo Radiation, Immunotherapy and whatever else they are doing to help fight cancer.
If your a candidate for W&W based on cCR I would go that route and do anything and everything possible to help the doctors with achieving cancer free outcomes and non recurrence. We can't be just sheep listening to everything the doctors says, we have to also be our own advocate. Doctor's are not perfect and one can also question the reasoning behind certain monetary rewards for the institution/doctor's if they follow the standard of procedure, vs shifting away and doing something different like watch and wait.
I am not knocking on anyone who did surgery, I have a cCR and still having a hard time deciding what to do, because there are so many angles being thrown at you, from reading here at the forum and from doctors. It's really hard to make a decision. If I a biopsy comes back and there is cancer, I am doing surgery no questions, but if not, why go through a surgery when there are possibly other techniques that can be done and proven to be successful not given a chance?
Standard of procedure is open to change and like we all probably agree, there is possibly a cure for cancer, but its a multi billion dollar business. You have a cure, no more chemo, no more radiotherapy, no more surgeries, just a pill. No way pill is going to cost as much as all of that. Their is just so much thrown into this equation, it makes for a difficult decision making.
I hope everyone has a great outcome no matter there choice, but surgery is not the only option now, 2017 and more options are available.
38 y/o male, 3 kids 7,9,14
12/12/16 Colonoscopy, DX Tumor recto sigmoid 9CM from anal verge
12/16/16 Biopsy Results in Malignant, no staging
12/22/16 Pet Scan; 12/28/16 MRI; 12/29 T3N1M0 Stage III possibily
1/2017 Chemo Radiation Planned prior to surgery
1/26/2017 Chemo 3500 MG Xeloda/Radiation Begins
3/9/2017 Completed Chemoradiation, good response
5/1/2017 Met with surgeon to follow-up Surgery schedule 6/6/17