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Newly Dxed Stage II/III might want to check out this video on"Managing Adjuvant Treatment in CRC"-added Part II (WOW!)

coloCan
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Grace14
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What is considered large for a tumor? I was stage 2 and had adjuvant therapy but I don't remember the size of my tumor. 

coloCan
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does each oncologist,pathologist ,surgeon have his or her own criteria?......

coloCan
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karen40
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As someone diagnosed stage II, I often wondered if the oxaliplatin was necessary. I did 6 months, 8 treatments of xelox.  (xelox = xeloda+ oxaliplatin).  The reason I chose to do the oxaliplatin, in short, was because I didn’t trust the surgical procedure, more so than any other reasoning. My tumor was very low and large. I went from a completed laparoscopic procedure to a full open surgical procedure after the surgeon was told that he did not get good margins. I just could not shake the idea of a few cancer cells coming loose after having been reconnected laporscopically with bad margins.  I wonder if they will discuss how much bad vs. good surgical technique plays a part in determining how much and what kind of adjuvant therapy is needed.  Am interested to see how research compares 3 month dosages of oxilaplatin to 6 months dosages. Intresting.

 

Karen

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