Capecitabine and Lynch Syndrome
I met my oncologist on Wednesday, and i am being put on a 3 month course of Capecitabine.
He also informed me that as well as doing biopsies on the lymph nodes, they also do them on the actual tumour. As a result he mentioned that mine could be hereditary as it was missing one of the protein markers and he is sending me to the genetics team to see if I carry the Lynch Syndrome gene.
Interestingly enough when my dad died 35 years ago in Australia, our GP there told me and my two sisters to get tested on a regular basis as it was thought to be hereditary! Apparently if one does carry the gene, then the tumours appear to be mainly in the right hemi region and are fast growing - both these apply to me. I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago which only showed a couple of extremely small polyps near the rectum which were benign, but this year when I had the colonoscopy in March it showed a large tumour up near the small bowel and in fact that had grown from a T3 on CT scan to a T4 by the time of the operation 2 weeks later!
Hopefully the chemo which I will start in the next couple of weeks will blast any stray cancer cells, but one never knows. I just have to keep positive and keep walking!