Anyone Had Their Tumor Not Shrink Following Chemo/Radiation?

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Deep
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Anyone Had Their Tumor Not Shrink Following Chemo/Radiation?

Postby Deep » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:08 am

I did 25 sessions of chemo/radiation in January of this year and then had a scan in mid March to check the results. The scan showed the same dimensions as before the treatment for the main tumor. My surgeon says that it shrunk but gave no details, although he did state that he no longer sees the lymph nodes in the scan. Just wondering if anyone has went through chemo/radiation without any change to the tumor size? Also, does anyone know how long the radiation works after you are done with surgery? I am hoping that the tumor did shrink. My bowel movements tell me it did, but the scan said it did not.
11/29/18 Diagnosed T3N1 Rectal Cancer (Age 39, Male, no family history)
01/02/19--02/7/19--- 25 rounds radiation/chemo (Capecitabine 2000 mg)
04/15/19 Surgery, temp ileostomy

Pyro70
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Re: Anyone Had Their Tumor Not Shrink Following Chemo/Radiation?

Postby Pyro70 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:03 pm

Scans are far from accurate. It’s also possible for tumors to “die” and turn into scar tissue without changing in size a lot. Your pathologist will be able to assess how well the tumor responsed to chemo/radiation. Remember it’s not all about the main tumor anyways, the goal of chemo is also to stop occult metastases and to reduce circulating tumors cells.
Dx Jan 2017 stage IVB w/ PC age 35
FOLFOX
SEP 17 HIPEC 1, anastamosis leak
XELODA
MAR 18 HIPEC 2
JUN 18, ileo reversal and 2nd anastamosis leak

Pyro
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Re: Anyone Had Their Tumor Not Shrink Following Chemo/Radiation?

Postby Pyro » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:46 pm

Deep wrote:I did 25 sessions of chemo/radiation in January of this year and then had a scan in mid March to check the results. The scan showed the same dimensions as before the treatment for the main tumor. My surgeon says that it shrunk but gave no details, although he did state that he no longer sees the lymph nodes in the scan. Just wondering if anyone has went through chemo/radiation without any change to the tumor size? Also, does anyone know how long the radiation works after you are done with surgery? I am hoping that the tumor did shrink. My bowel movements tell me it did, but the scan said it did not.


My body did the same thing IAW the main tumor shrinkage, I knew it worked when things passed through WAY easier. Mine did shrink somewhat significantly, then they cut it all out.
Aug 2015- Diag Stage 4 CC with mets to liver (38/m)
Sep 2015- Avastin/Folfox/Iron
Dec 2015-Not a surgery candidate for liver
Jan 2016- Erbitux/Folfiri, 2nd opinion at MDA in TX
Feb 2016 -MDA liver surgery, Dr. Vauthey
Mar 2016 -30% of left lobe rem, PVE
May 2016 - 70% of liver rem
Jun 2016-Rad
Jan 2017-perm colost @MDA
Jul 2017-Erb/FOLFURI
Nov 2017 -Lung & Liver ablations@MDA
Jan 2018 -Xeloda & Avastin mx
Jul 2018-Avast/FOLFURI
Sep 2018-Rad
Mar 2019 - Keytruda, CEA @30, shit still here


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