Originally Posted by grannan
I am 76 years old and have be diagnosed with Stage IIIc colon cancer. I had a tumor removed in Jan. 2011. I had 8/12 lymph nodes engaged. I started Chemo and had one complete round of oxyplatin and xeloda then during the second treatment the iv infiltrated and chemo had to be postponed until the arm was better. I have been 8 weeks without any chemo. The tumor was mod-diff. I was wondering how fast something like this spreads. I am having my first PET scan and was wondering what I might expect. At this age is chemo really worth it??
Hi Grannann - sorry to hear about the return of your cancer. I have now had three sessions of chemo - the first ones were successful in shrinking my secondary liver tumour and I had a liver re-section, but sadly new tumours have appeared which are inoperable - now I am waiting to see if I am a suitable candidate for further treatment by radio frequency ablation. Like you, after the chemo which was awful, I really said to my doc - please, no more treatment - but now that the treatment options are limited or non existent, I am keen to get going with the new treatment. I am 63 and at the moment have no symptoms - the difficult decision is whether to go ahead with more treatment if I am offered it, or not. Everyone I know says yes, go for it - but they don't have to live through it ! I feel that when I feel worse in myself, or in pain, then I may wish I had gone ahead - isn't it a difficult one to decide ?
Good luck with your decision - whatever it is, it is what you feel is right for you, and not what everyone else thinks you should do !
Thinking of you !