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Struggling to complete adjuvant chemotherapy

25 Nov 2021 12:19 in response to drobinson9

Hi Drobinson9,

I'm good, thank you. Though I'm sorry to hear of your diagnosis, I'm delighted it was caught early. It's a difficult decision you face, one that shouldn't be left in our hands, in my opinion. I struggled with it for a long time. Even after deciding not to proceed with chemo, it weighed on me. Did I do the right thing? 

So far so good for me. I have my year scan in January. My situation sounds like it may have been different to yours, I was looking at more like 1/100 for chemo efficacy. My tumour had a PSM2 gene deficiency, which lowered the odds of recurrence dramatically. I don't think I had any cells in my blood vessels, though I'm not certain. 

Ultimately for me it was a case of weighing up pros and cons. Risk of infertility was a big factor for me, I was 32 at the time and looking to start a family. Still working towards that goal. Had I already had my children I might have gone the other way. Chemo is no picnic, but there is also a strong arguement for doing everything you can to ensure a cancer free future, though that's never guaranteed. 

Whatever you decide, try to accept you did the right thing for the right reasons, and don't second guess yourself. Counselling also helped me massively in this regard. I wish you all the best for the future, and that this will be a distant, albeit unpleasant memory. 


Struggling to complete adjuvant chemotherapy

25 Nov 2021 12:56 in response to rubberyduck


Good to hear that you're doing well. Long may it continue! Happy

My cancer was actually a Stage 2, T3, N0, M0. No nodes involved. I keep reading on the internet that surgery is usually sufficient for stage 2 but I'm thinking that the belt and braces approach may be best for me. I'm 63. My dad passed away with bowel cancer at age 70. No idea if this is hereditary but I've already made massive changes to my lifestyle that I intend to maintain from now on. Lost loads of weight (2 and a half stone and 4" off my waist!), haven't touched a drop of alcohol for 3 months. Doing lots of exercise, too. But perhaps this chemo tablet is the final piece in the jigsaw, so to speak. I think I'll literally suck it and see! At least if it does come back in a few years time - or whatever - I can say that I used every means offered to keep it away (well, that's what the Colorectal Cancer nurse said to me yesterday, anyway). 

Hope everything goes well for you and best of luck raising that family you want!