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      LauraJo

      I agree with these ladies. I had 2 out of 18 lymph nodes positive, so I wasn't offered a choice. That pushed me from Stage 1 going into the operating room, to a Stage 3 coming out. My oncologist had said if the nodes were clear, no chemo would be necessary, but if they were involved, chemo was a no-brainer. Get rid of all the little monsters once and for all (hopefully) so you don't have to deal with this ever again. And contrary to what you may have heard, chemo, while not fun, is managable. Temporary inconvenience for permanent improvement :)

      over 6 years ago
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      IKickedIt

      I vote with the others. Going into surgery, my husband and I had discussed that even if they hadn't found any lymph node involvement, we were going to inquire about chemo. Just the thought that one little undetected cell could have gotten into my system was enough for me to want to go through chemo. As it turned out, 2 of 26 nodes were affected so I had to go for chemo (although, you never have to do anything). It was a small price to pay for a lifetime with my family.

      We all had side effects, but everyone to a different degree. The doctors monitor them closely and can adjust the dosage.

      I'd be more worried about a stray cell affecting a different organ, going undetected and multiplying for months.

      about 6 years ago
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      abrub

      You can always start chemo and if the side effects become too severe, stop. I chose to quit after 7 rounds of Folfox (was aiming for 12). There was no assurance that the chemo would have any effect on my future with cancer, and when the side effects got too bad, I bailed. 5 years later, no regrets.

      about 6 years ago
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    Decision Point (chemotherapy drug (Xeloda), OR blood tests ev.6 mos., CT scan, colonoscopy yearly)

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    Procedure or Surgery (Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy))

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