Atoq wrote:A week has gone after the last chemo and radiotherapy session and I am feeling much better, just a bit of nausea which started now, but I guess both Xeloda and radio are still at work in my body.
I am a bit worried about the CT scan to my lungs in two weeks. It is to see if the 8 mm node changed with Xeloda, which would restage me as 4.
I see that when I can train strength or dance I am much more positive, while spending a lot of time at home makes me more negative.
I am also worried about adjuvant chemo, I guess I should just focus on these two months of break and then the operation, but it is difficult to concentrate myself on the present.
We went on a vacation in-between the end of chemo/radiation and surgery and it was quite nice. I wouldn't have been able to enjoy a vacation between surgery and Adjuvant Chemo. It is great to get out and do something which is why I prefer to go into the office to work and I'm enjoying it now because I will likely work from home while on Adjuvant.
You have to take one step at a time. You get stronger with each step. There are times when you wonder how you will make it through the next step and then you're there and you do.
6/23/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy+Biopsy
7/13: Stage 3B rectal cancer. T3, N1b, M0. 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6 mm, 5 x 5 mm
7/31-9/8: Xeloda 3,400 mg/day+radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 9/8: 1.8. 11/30: 0.6
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/6: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 mm (-75%), 5 x 3 mm (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/30: Surgery: LAR, Temp Ileostomy
Path report: Tumor regression grade: 0 (complete response).