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Chemo after RC

Super girl
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Hi everyone , hope your all doing as well as can be excepted . I had my histology report  last Friday which we were really please with the surgeon said he's had all the cancer with 10 mm margins which is fantastic news but he also said I'm still high risk and in between whatever that means . Seen my oncologist yesterday and they've offered me chemo 4-6 sessions but i got the impression that she was reluctant to give it ? And left the decision to me i don't understand this i either need it or i don't . Has anybody had chemo after RC any advice would be appreciated xx HELP          

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rily
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Hi . Good to know your recovery is going ok. I did not have RC, so not the best to answer, but I believe the chemo is to help clear up any rogue cells, if any, floating around. I am sure someone with better experience will be along to help. Best wishes.

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Crustybladder
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Hi supergirl

It's not unusual to be offered chemo after surgery though mostly it's done before the RC as I had. As rily notes, the chemo is designed to kill off any rogues cells that may have escaped into your bloodstream and might be lurking in other organ tissue.

Statistically, have chemo improves survival by about 5% so I decided to go for it which brought my survival chances up to 85%. When I checked the survival rates of healthy 62 year old men, I found that it was also 85% meaning I'm back where I was pre cancer diagnosis.

Chemo can be a breeze and can also be vile and you can't predict how it will affect you. I recall that Rily was fatigued and otherwise ok ish and it pole-axed me for 3 months. It's going to be your choice. If you go for it, I'll give you detail of my experience and what I learned.

CB

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Catcatcat
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Good to hear from you xx

Keep positive, keep fighting, but it's also ok to have days when you are not ok x
Super girl
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Thank you Both i really don't know what to do i understand its got to be my choice but it would be  good to have guidance from the oncologist which wasn't the case   

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Super girl
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Thank you catcatcat how are you doing ? xx

You can be given a cactus but you haven't got  to sit on it !!! keep smiling
Lugsy
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Hi Super Girl , glad to hear you are doing well and the RC has made a massive positive difference. 

Not an easy decision and can understand confused. Sorry can't offer advice for that but wish you well going forward.

All the best.

Super girl
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Thank you Lugsy how are you doing ? 

You can be given a cactus but you haven't got  to sit on it !!! keep smiling