My dad was diagnosed in August with Colon Cancer.
He had surgery in Sept. The pathology reports showed 9 of 30 lymph nodes postive for mets. The exact result were TNM stage T3b, N2, MX or Duke's C2. He has just finished his first cycle of folfox and begins his next this Monday. They plan on doing this for 6 months but after this round ending Dec 23rd they plan on having him go to 5 days straight of 5-FU and radiation every day for 5 to 6 weeks.
My question is has anyone gone through this regimen of radiation? He currently has no tumors although they have not done a PET SCAN. I am worried about the side effects of the radiation. I have been unable to find any studies that show it is advantageous for his particular situation. The doctor even said that they think it may help the cancer not come back but was unsure of what if any results it may produce. It just seems crazy to me to have radiation for 5 to 6 weeks because it "might" help. After the surgery he was really starting to do well without any issues. He has tolerated the chemo pretty well a few times getting sick, tired and a bit of the cold sensation issues. I am just starting to look into the alternative route in regards to nutrition. My dad spent the last 4 years on the Atkins diet which based on what I have read was clearly not the best thing to do. Any input that anyone can give would be great.