May 01, 2013 - 12:17 am
when I read about lung mets (colon), it seems that one strives for surgery and chemo, if any, is used neo-adjuvently. My boyfriends doctors don't seem to be inclined to give my boyfriend chemo following the lung surgeries that he is currently undergoing through which they expect to resect everything (my boyfriend is actually really happy about this). however, I don't really understand that approach although it seems to be common from what I read. The doctors state that this is a curative approach. My question is probably very naive: if the cancer has made it from the colon, to the liver and then the lungs, doesn't that mean that it is in the system? Are there actually cases where cutting out the mets can be enough?
My boyfriend has been treated over years now for mets in the liver via ablation. however, although they always got them out, each scan showed 1-3 new (or old) spots. is that an indication that the same will happen in the lung With surgery options being more limited? It would just seem logical to me to follow surgery up with chemo in order to catch wandering cancer in the system.. Is a chance of "curative" treatment really in the cards by only resecting?
Thank you and best,