• All my cancer was removed along with 16 lymph nods in which 7 had in active cancer cells so why do chemo ?

    Asked by Jean on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    All my cancer was removed along with 16 lymph nods in which 7 had in active cancer cells so why do chemo ?

    All my markers are good no signs of cancer, chemo is just to make sure no unseen cancer is left is it worth it as in being sick from chemo ? I don't know anymore theres just no easy answers

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    • lovekitties' Avatar

      You are right there are no easy answers...not any one answer fits all...it has to be a personal choice (chemo/no chemo) because it is your body, your life.

      I would suggest you discuss with the doc what exact treatment is being recommended (that is which chemo) and what are the side effects (short term/long term) that might occur.

      Once armed with that information you can then assess your personal situation...how it might impact your work, your life style, your finances.

      The more you know the easier these tough questions get. Just remember, no matter your decision...you can't or at least shouldn't ever look back and wonder what if I had taken the other road.

      Best wishes as you move forward.

      over 10 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      alls it takes is 1 cell to escape and to go and hid then rear its uglyhead down the road all of my nodes came back clean I had stage 1 grade 3 breast I had 13 rounds of chemo i considered it a weed killer for my cancer. My mom in law died 2 1/2 years after her cancer was found onc said since it was encapsulated and there was no nod involvement that she was ok.... she died dec 26 2004 her kidney cancer came back went to her liver and brain we now know that chemo could of given her a better change at living chemo has a bad name it is a nasty drug with nasty side effects so people try to get out of it but chemo can save your life and with the new meds on themarket today vomiting is a thing of the past I had red devil that stuff is nasty I had dense dosages bi weekly it kicked my butt but i was able to do things it mademe tired and weak but i functioned and at the end of the red devil chemo we went to ride roller coaster at 6 flags...... Chemo is no longer living in the bathroom hugging the toilet.
      my husband worked with a guy who had colon he worked had a ton of energy and never lost his hair.
      my husbands uncle also wheil undergoing treatment for colon went to hawaii for 3 weeks. So talk to your onc find out about the chemo you will be given ask about side effects and ask what meds will be given for vomiting both uncle and friend never had any vomiting or needed drugs for it.
      Cancer coming back is what needs to be feared not chemo!

      over 10 years ago
    • RE16's Avatar

      Jean it is my understanding that there is no way to be sure that all the cancer is removed. You say you had 7 nodes that were positive for cancer so I suspect that is one of the biggest reason's for chemo. I would suggest you direct this question to your oncologist so you clearly understand what your situation is. The surgeon can remove the tumor but they have no way to be sure all the cancer is removed especially if it is in the nodes. Normally chemo is done in the hopes of destroying any wayward cancer cells that are not visible to the eye. I know chemo is scary but speaking from expierience it is doable. I hope this has been helpful to you, wishing you better days ahead!


      over 10 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar
      PhillieG (Best Answer!)

      Like others have said, all it takes is ONE cancer cell to not die and it can start all over again. They honestly can not tell you that they removed ALL of the cancer cells. Ultimately it's your decision to do chemo or not. You do have to prepare yourself that if you choose to not do chemo and then something comes back, that you're OK with that. Also, there are no guarantees that doing chemo will prevent you from ever getting cancer again. It's just that it's been shown over time and by monitoring people with cancer that it often lessens the likelihood that it will come back and makes your chances of beating it better. It's a tough call. I knew that if I refused the chemo and it came back I'd have a hard time with that so I went and did the chemo and the areas that were giving me trouble have been OK so far.

      over 10 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      The goal of chemo is to knock down those rogue cells that got away. Having positive lymph nodes means that the cancer is trying to spread.

      The decision is yours. I had chemo with no positive lymph nodes, but the drs felt it was wise. Yes, it was miserable, but hopefully it means that my cancer won't come back. My cancer has a high likelihood of recurrence - the chemo was to increase the odds of a cure. I felt it was worth it.

      over 10 years ago
    • Jean's Avatar

      Thank you all for your feedback it helped alot. I did go back to my doctor he's a real nice man i like his gental maners but i also like his outspoken talk lets say he dosn't beat around the bush i like that, i cam right out and asked him ok if i don't do any chemo what happens he said your odds are 60 % it can come back and if goes to your liver not much they can do then he said you need the chemo it will reduce any rick down to 20 % i am back on chemo and doing fine.

      over 10 years ago
    • Ginster's Avatar

      I just had my rt kidney removed in July 2011. Renal cell carcinoma. I just started chemo yesterday. There have been a few friends or family that do not understand my reasoning for doing chemo,since the kidney is gone. Like someone said earlier, it only takes one cancer cell to NOT die...........I would rather do 6 months of chemo, then to do none, and wonder.

      over 10 years ago
    • Jayne's Avatar

      I was faced with the same dilemma. I keep having spots pop up in my lungs (my primary is Colon). After this latest (4th) lung surgery, the docs were talking to me about chemo. Of course, they couldn't say whether or not there were any stats to back this up, but in my mind, my markers were good and the spot was removed, so what's the point of doing chemo? I elected not to, so I guess the validity of that decision remains to be seen. I have my next round of scans next week. I think those of us living with cancer as a chronic illness are forging new ground in terms of protocol. I always have trusted my gut with difficult decisions but I do consider the opinions of the doctors very heavily as well. And it's interesting how the Onocologist really wanted to follow up with Chemo, yet the surgeon was leaning more towards agreeing with me.

      over 10 years ago
    • EskimoDoll's Avatar

      Do the chemo. Do what ever you can to keep it at bay. I have stage 4 and it spread to my liver. You still have a chance at stopping it in its tracks. Do the chemo. Its not easy but its your chance to kill it. I'd do anything to be in your shoes. I'd do chemo and be thankful. I'd feel like I had a better chance to keep on living. I would feel like I had a better chance to see my grandson grow up.

      over 10 years ago
    • hometown's Avatar

      Just wanted to put my two cents . I was stage 4 C colon cancer with 3 nodes positive. I felt like you they got the cancer out. Well I waited 3 months before I made the decision to have the chemo, as I was so afraid of what chemo can do to you. I did 6 months of chemo and yes I had my ups and downs, but I a still alive 2 years and 5 months since my surgery. Also a new mass has turned up in my pelvic area and the doctor was sure it was a recurrence, but after the biopsy's it came back non cancerous. I was lucky this time but if I didn't have the chemo I am sure it would have been malignant. So go for it and best of luck Joyce

      over 10 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      A 1 mm tumor has about 1 billion cells in it. Any tumor has to be at least 4 mm to be detected. All it takes is one rouge canser cell to grow and create a reoccurance. In this canse it is better safe that sorry

      over 9 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I had 2 lymph nodes that had cancer attached to a 12 inch of my colon. All 12 inches were removed and I was told it would be a recommendation to do chemo to be proactive against any potential spread of the cancer. It was unknown where it could go next.

      over 9 years ago

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