I have just started my 13th year as a survivor of stage 3 colon ca into 6 nodes.
I had 48 sessions of 5fu backed up by 9 levamisole tablets each second week. There seems little evidence to support long term chemo effects . I believe that the chemo may well exarcerbate problems that are latent or dormant in our systems. Since chemo I have suffered acute pancreatitis followed by gallbladder removal. Several episodes of kidney stones. Chronic auto-immune problems including acute attacks of poly-arthritis on my joints causing severe inflammation,my kidneys resulting in excessive protein loss thru my urine and nerves causing irreversible neuropathy. Ironically my treatment has been another chemo agent,methotrexate,and it has controled my arthritis and my kidney functions have returned to near normal. My nephrologist believes either the original cancer or the treatment triggered my problems but he did point out that I have also survived for over twelve years. I guess I always wondered if there would be a price to pay for having chemo. I feel in my case it has been worth it. There certainly have been some low points but who is to say they would not have happened without cancer. They say life is about the journey not the destination,well it has not been boring,cheers Ron.