My wife has crossed the four year mark of NED status and is heading for year 5 now. After the first year of an aggressive treatment plan, her maintenance plan involves Zeloda pills (2 weeks on and one week off) and a visit to oncology every three weeks for an Avastin infusion.
Her life is very well managed over the past three years, since the treatment plan is less harsh and the maintenance side effects are less prevalent. Many on this forum only pop-up here on their yearly anniversary, but there are many people over 5 years of survival on this forum. You can use the search engine under "quick links" to find their posts.
Basically these survivors are out there, so keep your head down and get through the initial treatment period and know that it will become more manageable and less intrusive after the first year. We are all here to support you along the way and wish you a speedy recovery from your recent resection. It sounds like you are well on your way and getting great care from an excellent cancer center.
Spouse of wife 47 years old
10/2014, Stage IV Metastatic CC
Lymph node involvement 12/15, w/ positive PET on para-aortic lymph nodes.
5 cm sigmoid tumor resection as well as positive Virchow lymph node.
KRAS mut, Highly Differentiated, Lynch Negative
Folfox and Avastin 1 YR (Oxi for 5 months) NED 05/2015
Zeloda and Avastin since 01/2016
Chemo break 03/2017, back on Zeloda and Avastin 04/2017.
"...Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."