May 01, 2004 - 1:23 am
Hello everyone, I have stage 4 cc with a small met to the liver. It can be surgically removed, but we are waiting to see how chemo effects it. Here's the question for you guys, once we get rid of this tumor i've seen that the 5 year survival rate goes up to 25-40%. Why is this number so low? Since I will get a PET scan every three months, we will find any recurrence when they are small. Why can't they just remove them as they pop up? I understand some recurrence might be unoperable, are most inoperable, or do recurrent colon cancer grow a lot faster than the original tumor? I've done much rsearch but haven't found much info on this and won't see my onc for two weeks.
Thanks to any response in andvance. You are all wonderful people, especially those don't need to be here but are here to help others through this.