i am trying to find as much info as possible to be able to make a decision regarding having chemo.
My T3 N3 has been successfully removed, Capox and CEP tablets have been offered, which I had a horrendous reaction to. I must now decide on a reduced dose and start again, or do nothing.
As the type of cancer is rare, the stats I’m given are not really helping me. Also I am finding mixed info on google as to whether this cancer is invasive or not? A question my oncologist is coming back to me about as this would determine greatly what I decide to do.
Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated thank you.
Hi Unbelievable Jeff.
Thanks for contacting Macmillan Cancer Support and welcome to the online community.
Your pathology of T3 N3 means that the cancer has grown into the outer lining of the bowel wall or into the tissue layer covering the organs in the tummy (abdomen) and it has spread to between 1 and 3 nearby lymph nodes or to areas of fat close to the lymph nodes.
Technically the cancer has been removed, however some small cells can still be present. The chemotherapy you have been offered is to mop up any cells that may or may not be left behind.
It’s a difficult decision to make as you have already experienced side effects.
Sometimes it can be helpful to write down all the pro’s and con’s for continuing. Usually one list outweighs the other.
These are general statistics based on large groups of patients. Remember, they can’t tell you what will happen in your individual case.
I see from your profile that you have joined our bowel cancer group. Support from others going through similar experiences can make such a difference at this difficult time.
As well as the online support at Macmillan, Maggie’s also offer some emotional advice and online courses that can help anyone affected with cancer.
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