Nov 04, 2012 - 12:37 am
Hi all - I've been battling colon cancer for over 5 years now, had my first surgery in 2005 to remove tumors which had metastized to my ovaries and omentum followed by 12 rounds of FOLFOX. After a year, some tumors showed up in a bit of omentum that was not removed originally and I had HIPEC surgery to remove them along with 14 rounds of FOLFOX, 8 before and 6 after HIPEC. Then a year later, I had a tumor show up near my rectum and the surgical oncologist would not do surgery due to lymph node involvement. 18 rounds of XELIRI, everything was gone on CT scan but CEA was 2.5. The tumor eventually grew back and I've had 6 rounds of XELIRI while waiting to see the surgeon. I could not believe him when he agreed to surgery and I just has surgery 2 weeks ago to remove it.
The big question is to do follow-up chemo or just relax. The surgeon believes that this is an old tumor, like maybe 5 years old, which gives me a better prognosis. The surgeon is the chief of the surgical oncology department and really conservative, so the fact that he is pleased with my prognosis is good. It does appear that my body is fighting new tumors, but traditionally they like to do chemo after, just in case. I've had 50 rounds of chemo in the last 5 years and am leaning towards wait and see, but am scared that I'll regret it if it comes back. My medical oncologist thinks we could just wait and see and is leaving the decision up to me. Any thoughts?