SurvivorsSpouse wrote:My wife was diagnosed 2A after pathology 5 1/2 years ago with no high-risk factors. Our oncologist discussed a chemo option with us but said he recommended against it because at stage 2A with no high risk factors there was a very small percentage improvement vs the potential for liver damage. Additionally, he wanted to keep all chemo options open if we needed it. At the end, he said the choice was ours and he had no objections to electinng chemo, he had many patients elect the chemo option but had also had many go without and go on to live normal lifespans. He had also seen patients in both categories come back with recurrences.
There is no universal right choice in stage 2A, it is an individual one based on the factors that are important to you.
My wife was seen every 3 months for 3 years and went to 6 months for years 4 and 5 and is now on yearly visits. So far NED and our one is very comfortable with her progress.
The only blip is that my wife’s CEA hovers around 2.4- 2.6, but our Onc is unconcerned. Scans have been clean and it goes up and down. His comment was that CEA wouldn’t go down by any amount if there was a recurrence to worry about.
We are getting our treatment at a highly rated major cancer center, so we trust that this is the state of the art medical protocol.
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