Hi, My 61 year old friend recently underwent emergency surgery for bowel cancer. The results are good. She has a Stoma and tests indicate that the cancer was removed. She has been offered chemo to 'mop up' any rogue cells. It will be 6 month of treatment then she can look at a stoma reversal.
She is unsure whether to have the treatment or rely regular checks.
I don't know much about bowel cancer. I had tongue cancer - it was surgically removed, no treatment. Despite PET Scan and regular monthly checks, I found a lump in my neck 6 months later and had to have a radical neck dissection then radiotherapy.
So, given my experience, I want to tell her to have the treatment - but I know I know her cancer is different and she has to make the decision for herself.
At the moment all I have said is that she could get a second opinion and that what ever she decides she has to feel comfortable with it. I can't decide for her.
Any advice or personal accounts would be welcome.
I too have just undergone bowel cancer surgery and the cancer was removed. I was told to have 'mop up' surgery too by surgeon but when I saw oncologist he said it wasnt needed, just a 6 monthly check up. I also have Myeloma and wondered if this was the reason. I think a lot of it depends on your age. Good luck.
I would say for your friend to throw anything and everything at this. If the onc's recommend mop up chemo do it.
I was suggested that I have mop-up chemo after my bowel surgery (ultra-low colorectal cancer). Even though I did not finish the treatments 10/14 use everything that is at the disposal and suggested by the specialists.
At the time it was inconvenient and down right awful - I'm happy to say the other side is a bright future.
Good Luck :0
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