Sep 06, 2013 - 8:47 am
I am 50 years old. I was diagnosed of having a Cancer in my rectum in early July 2013 & underwent a surgery to remove the tumour in late July. Post operative Pathology report confirmed that it is a stage III Colorectal Cancer with regional Metastasis in 4 surounding Lymph Nodes. According to the Surgeon who operated me, the Tumour was successfully removed with distal margins from both ends including surrounding Lymph Nodes. I have now fully recovered from my surgery & met my Oncologist 2 days ago to discuss the Adjuvant Chemo Therapy. He said that based on the stage of my cancer I will have to go through around 8 cycles of Chemo Therapy. His preferred treatment for me would be a combination of Capecitabine & Oxaliplatin (CAPOX) However he has reffered me to a Radiation Oncologist for his opinion as to whether I would need to go through a radiation therapy targeting the area where I had the the tumour. I am told that the Radiation may require to prevent any local recurrence of the cancer in the future.
I am just beginning my journey & would like to hear from fellow CSN memebers of any similar experience & how they fared during the treatment process, Sequence of the treatment (which therapy was given 1st) Side Effects of Chemo & Radiation Therapy they experienced.