I went to few places, got few opinions, picked up chemo/rad, and hoped for complete clinical reaponse CCR, and it happened. 2,3 weeks after chemo/rad I went for scope, surgeon had hard time finding the spot, good thing the ink mark was there, not a trace of tumor.
Initial plan was chemo/rad, operation than 12 rounds of folfox.
When I told my oncologist about W&W approach, and its risky, the answer was “every thing is risky”, so at that point I started my folfox, 10 rounds, chemo during radiation was considered as 2 rounds.
One radiology resident told me that in 30% to 50% of CCR patients that went for operation cancer cells were found. So risk is high, another reason why I went for chemo after.
Will have biopsies at the begining of next year as part of observation.
As per some studies rectal cancer patients with lower CEA have good chance of being cured.
People that smoke, its normal to have CEA up to 5, so your husband CEA is really low.
There is tread with more info on this subject:viewtopic.php?t=53498
55 year at the time of diagnosis, male, never been seek in my life.
Diagnosed with T1,T2 N0 M0 rectal cancer, tumor size 4.5cm, 9.2 cm from anal verge
Discovered by pure lack, after taking baby ASA, had blood in stool.
25 sessions of Chemo/rad finished end of January 2017, focus was on lymph nodes
Tumor erased, CCR, negative mri, ct, scope, no evidence of cancer
April 2017, folfox 8 rounds plus 2 rounds of xeloda
Sept.2017 CT , MRI negative