Feb 28, 2014 - 8:49 pm
I need to decide my next treatment step. The surgery biopsies showed clear margins but closeand radiation should be considered.
Spoke with the radiation oncologist today. He said 50 precent overlap between radiation fields from 2007 and what I need now. If I do radiation now, there could be lots of issues down the road like no more swallowing, wounds that won't heal,breakdown of my stoma. I've already experienced some breakdown because of prior radiation.
We are leaning towards no radiation at this time. And then have regular CT scans the next few years. Any change from the baseline, regardless of how minor, we will do a PET scan.
If itcomes back we should be able to catch quickly and radiate then.
I think this is the best approach that will preserve quality of life and let me continue eating and maybe get rid of the PEG tube .