Follow up at 5 year mark(next year)

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Follow up at 5 year mark(next year)

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:03 am

My resection surgeon's office wrote back to me and said that after 5 years I will no longer have ct scans, tumor marker blood tests and will have colonoscopies every 5 years. I'm on their list for a colonoscopy in April of this year. I wrote back to the surgeon to check if they mean I still get checked next year(5 years) or if this year is the last year. I assume they mean next year is the last year. Does colonoscopies every 5 years seem to be a long time between them? I was stage 2a, didn't need chemo and have been in remission since surgery.
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17

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Re: Follow up at 5 year mark(next year)

Postby susie0915 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:13 am

Wouldn't you have one more year after this year? Your were diagnosed in 2014 and it is 2018, that is only 4 years. Is it 5 years from diagnosis or when determined cancer free? I know it's only a couple months different for your case.
I just read your post again, you did mean 2019 right?
58 yrs old Dx @ 55
5/15 DX T3N0MO
6/15 5 wks chemo/rad
7/15 sigmoid/scar tissue left
8/15 Pet scan NED
9/15 LAR
0/24 nodes
10/15 Bowel blockage. surgery,early ileo rev, c-diff inf :(
12/15 6 rds of xelox
5/16 Clear CT lung scarring/inflammation
9/16 clear colonoscopy
4/17 CT 4mm lung nod
7/17 no change lung nod
10/17 Clear pel/abd CT
11/17 CEA<.5
1/18 CT/Lung no change in 4mm nodule
5/18 CEA<.5, clear CT pel/abd/lung nod no change

DarknessEmbraced
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Re: Follow up at 5 year mark(next year)

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:21 am

Yes I would assume that I would have tumor marker blood tests and ct scans in 2019 when it will be 5 years since diagnosis. I had a colonoscopy in 2015 which was clear and was told that I wouldn't have another colonoscopy for 3 years. In 2016 I saw a GI who performed a colonoscopy which was also clear. I think it's if in the 5th year following diagnosis nothing is found then one is declared cancer free. I could be wrong.
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17


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