i am trying to decide if i should do chemo..
my situation is as follows..
i had 1/2 of my large instestine removed, rt side... found in the colon and thru the wall was a t4 stage 2 tumor.. 18 nodes were looked at and they found no abnomal cells.. my liver the same and my chest wall the same.. bone scan neg.. buy they still recommended the study or if not the study one of the other alternative chemo treatments.
i am 62.. i want to know.. and hear from those that have a simular condition and have not taken chemo and those that have.. if i continue without chemo. they will monitor me with blood tests every 60 days.. then if the cancer comes back. i will do the chemo. but now. im thinking.. i may have a couple good quality years.. the risks for me not knowing if it will even make a difference or if theres anything left there to kill seems to be to risky... i wish they had better ways of finding cancer cells in our bodies.. but we are where we are.
are there many of you that have been succsessful without the chemo.
and if your having chemo. what are you being told to expect as far as increase in your prognosis.. how many years or what percent increase? what side effects are you experiencing.
and your age.
i really would value your options too.