The Numbers

I met with the oncologist yesterday and he advised me to undergo a series of chemotherapy treatments to help minimize the chance of recurrence. There was a fancy test he ordered that broke this all down to numbers. It took in to account the pathology of the tumor that was removed along with other conditions such as the overall aggressiveness of the tumor and how far it had attached itself to the colon walls.

With a standard treatment the chance of recurrence would stand at approximately 21%.
With a more intensive treatment the chance of recurrence would stand at approximately 16%.
Without further treatment the chance of recurrence would stand at approximately 25%.

So with the intensive treatment the chance of recurrence goes from 1 in 4 to 1 in 6.

I start in a week or so as soon as the insurance approval comes through.

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