Very interesting about the Watch & Wait approach. I told my mom we for sure should seek a second opinion at Mayo if we are lucky enough to have a complete response.
Punky44 wrote:They just called with MRI results—T3/N2.
But then they said they found a distant enlarged lymph node in the iliac region. She’s stage IV. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. God please help us.
Punky44 wrote:Thank you tater (I replied to your PM before I saw your reply here.)
Yes they are saying “technically” she’s Stage 3 (or 3.5 according to some in the medical community) because of the internal iliac still being outside the mescorectal area that would typically be removed in surgery.
I am reading promising studies about neoadjuvant chemo (even for stage III) and have consulted with two major cancer centers who acknowledged this approach as well.
Where doctors seem to differ is whether or not they would remove this node in surgery and my goal is to get my mom somewhere that will.
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