Sep 15, 2004 - 1:02 pm
I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer a little more than one month ago and have undergone a surgery to have ¼ of the colon removed recently. My pathology report said that 2 out of 21 lymph nodes were positive and the doctor said I should be treated with chemotherapy. Since I am only 29 years old, the doctor said an aggressive treatment should be used. The drugs consist of standard 5FU/LV plus one called Oxaliplatin (FOLFOX). I did a little bit searching and found that Oxaliplatin was mainly used for stage IV colon cancer patients, although there were studies showing that Oxaliplatin also has good effect for state III patients. I am particularly scared/nervous about the possible side effects. I have a two year old son and a five year old daughter, and dont know how much I can still take care of them once chemotherapy starts. Is there anyone who is using the same drugs as I do? Was the effect severe? Today I found a web site about Moss Report when surfing the web (http://cancerdecisions.com/091204.html), where I found an article basically saying that whether undergoing through chemo or not does not make any difference. I found that article (published in the August 4, 2004 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute) and the conclusion was based on a national study on more than a thousand colon cancer patients. If this is so my question is why should I undergo a painful and costly chemo process? It seems to me even researchers in colon cancers differ in opinion about the usefulness of this therapy. Does anyone feel I should not go through the chemo process?