Stage IIA - diagnosed 6/06
Surgery 4/20/07 - 6 years ago.
Been NED ever since.
The stats that you are talking about apply to stage IIB - not necessarily all stage II
It is believed that the stats for stage IIB might be worse simply because many do not undergo chemo. It's not as cut and dry as saying stage II are worse.
Also an FYI .....IF you were going to have a recurrence, you are more likely to have one in the first two years. I believe it's somewhere in the vicinity of 80% of those occur in the first two years. THAT IS NOT SAYING THAT THERE IS AN 80% CHANCE OF RECURRENCE IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS. Simply put IF (again IF) you were going to have a recurrence, the first two years is the timeframe when it is most likely to occur. After that, the chances continue to drop. Also, generally speaking, the medical profession starts the clock ticking on NED status from the date of your last treatment....be it radiation, surgery or chemo....generally not just from surgery and definately NOT from dx.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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