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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I cancel my Colon Cancer monitoring?

    Hi, March 2013 I was diagnosed T4a No Mo Poorly Differented tumor in Sigmoid colan.

    Did surgery. did 10 rounds of folfox.

    Was told by 3 different oncologists have survival rate of around 85% at 5 years.

    Was also told if tumor returns then its not curable.

    I have cancelled my follow up monitoring appointments and colonosopy based on this advice.

    I loathe the stress and anxiety of the testing and checking and just want to forget about cancer and live my life.

    If it returns they have already told me they cant cure me so don't see the point of being constantly checked.

    Based on these facts am I misunderstanding what non-curable means.
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    Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum. 

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    •Living with bowel cancer - 

    •Bowel cancer: What I Need to Ask - 

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

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    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia 

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