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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I get chemo for Stage 2A colon cancer?

    I am 35 but have no additional risk factors - I had a right hemicolectomy, 44 nodes removed, all negative, T3, moderately differentiated, no lymphovascular invasion. I know that in the US many people would do 6 months of 5FU or Oxy for this. Is there much evidence that this could help, so as to be worth the risk and annoyance? I am awaiting testing on MSI. I believe that MSI-H would be another element reducing the risk of recurrence.

    Thank you
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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thanks for your enquiry.

    I suggest you discuss your situation with your Oncologist. They will have access to your medical history and current results and will be able to advise the best course of treatment for you individually as obviously, each person's cancer is unique. Your Oncologists advise will be essential in helping you make an informed decision.

    If you would like to talk with us directly about any questions you may have please feel free to contact the Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser team  at

    Kind Regards,
    Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser

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