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    Waiting to start chemotherapy following colon cancer surgery - how does my future look?

    I am a 56 year man with no family history after colon cancer surgery waiting to start chemotherapy fluorouracil & oxaliplatin. What is my chance to cure afterward. In good physical health.

    Stage T3 N1a ACPS-C Surgery chem
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    Dr Sujoy Mitra

    Medical Oncologist (Cancer Specialist)

    Medical oncologist and clinical haematologist treating all malignancies apart from acute leukaemias. View Profile

    Good chance of cure - around 70 per cent

  • Anonymous

    So surgery & chemotherapy in my keys will give me 70% of chance to cure or to stay alive during the 5 first years?

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    Dr Sujoy Mitra

    Medical Oncologist (Cancer Specialist)

    Medical oncologist and clinical haematologist treating all malignancies apart from acute leukaemias. View Profile

    Cureb- bowel cancer rarely recurs beyond the 5 year mark

  • Nataliya

    HealthShare Member

    My oncologist told me that after surgery I have 65% of chance to cure, but he assured the chemotherapy will increase my chance by 20% ( statistic ) . Is this correct ?

  • chelseamckinney

    HealthShare Member

    Hi
    I am a bowel cancer patient too. My oncologist advised me that to reduce the risk of recurrence after you have finished your treatment the two key lifestyle issues are diet and exercise. Eat well, get really fit, and the research shows you have a significantly better chance of survival.
    Good luck with your treatment

  • Anonymous

    Hello, thanks so much for your response . I had the surgery in March 2013, will start chemo next week, cause one of my limf node was involved . How long ago you was diagnosed. What kind of treatment you went true? What you mean by ,, eat well"? Should I keep special diet? Do you have any experience to share? My best wishes to you. Kind regards.

  • chelseamckinney

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    Hi
    If you would like to contact me on chelseamck01@gmail.com
    I will be happy to let you know about my experiences.

    Also do you know about this fantastic website
    http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/
    there is so much information there. You can phone them and speak to a Nurse and a nutrition advisor if you would like extra information and support. They can post information out to you. In my experience sometimes nurses gave me more information than doctors.

    The main issue re diet is lots and lots of fruit and vegetables and wholegrains (high fibre) but there are also lots of other recommendations.

    Take care

  • 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 so much for your lovely recommendation Chelsea, much appreciated :)

    With thanks,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia

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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

    Thank you very much for your enquiry.

    Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum.

    If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse Adviser we'd be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individualised response and advice.

    You can send your questions to us using the web form available at http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=305&Itemid=305.

    In the meantime you may also be interested to read some of the information available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website including:

    • Bowel Cancer: Surgery & Treatment - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149&Itemid=302
    •Living with bowel cancer - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=459&Itemid=303
    •Bowel cancer: What I Need to Ask - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=325&Itemid=47

    We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice.

    Kind Regards,
    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia
    www.bowelcanceraustralia.org


    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.

    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.

    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.

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