Hey all. So I met with my oncologist on Friday, 7/31/20. My colon resection surgery took place in the fall of 2014 and I finished 6 months of folfox in the spring of 2015. I had the stable ct scan in July of 2020. I was a little surprised that my oncologist told me that I still had a chance of colon cancer recurrence. I believe he said that I had a less than 10 percent chance of colon cancer recurrence. I guess I had assumed that if I made it to 5 years without a recurrence, that I would be completely out of the woods.
He thinks that the likelihod of me getting a new spontaneous case of colon cancer is low, assuming I keep up with colonoscopy schedule.
I will no longer receive ct scans for surveillance. I will only meet with him once a year, and I think my colon cancer monitoring will be limited to blood work including cea. Unfortunately, cea was not a sensitive marker for me when I was first diagnosed with cancer.
I did ask the oncologist about tcDNA, but he did not believe it would be helpful for me at this time. If I understood him correctly, tcDNA is potentially helpful for people who have more recently had colon resection surgery and have more recently finished chemotherapy.
male-age 44 at diagnosis
8/14-CT scan,no mets
9/14-left colectomy,CEA 2.2 before surgery
3 cm tumor in dscnding colon
7/23 pos LNs
low grade MSI stable
1/15-CT & PET scan and sigmdoscopy- no mets
9/15- clnscopy- 3 polyps removed
10/15- CT scan, NED
10/16- CT scan, NED, CEA 1.6
10/17- clnscopy- 4 polyps removed, CT scan NED, CEA 1.8
10/14 1.9; 4/15 2.8; 5/15 2.4; 9/15 2.8; 12/15 3.1; 1/16 3.0; 4/16 2.5; 7/16 2.5; 10/16 1.6; 1/17 1.9