Congratulations on your second year of NED!!!
I finished chemo and had CT scan in August and had PET scan in September. I was then given my 5 year plan based on a new protocol that was just being implemented.
Blood tests with CEA, plus ultrasound and x-ray at 6 months, 18 months, and so on. Blood tests with CEA, plus CT scan at 12 months, 24 months, and so on. Colonoscopy every 12 months on anniversary of surgery. I was told this was the new protocol and that after 36 months NED it my be reviewed. The reason I was given was as you said, risks outweighed the benefits of more frequent scans. I am in Ontario, Canada if that makes a difference?
I would be interested to hear others opinons on the benefits of more frequent scans.
CC Dx Oct 2017 @ age 58
Laparoscopic right hemi-colectomy Dec 2017
Adenocarcinoma ascending colon – 6cm x 6cm x 2cm, Low Grade, penetrates to peritoneum
T4a N2a M0, Stage IIIC
lymph nodes 6 positive out of 18
FOLFOX started Jan 16 2018; finished Aug 2 2018 (felt like a year)
CEA - 01/15/18 - 2.8; 07/29/18 - 5.3
CT scan Aug 8 2018 - Clear
PET scan Sept 6 2018 (thought about bringing the cat
) - Clear
Colonoscopy Dec 7 2018 - Clear - Next in 3 years?