Bowel cancer that has spread to the liver
My name is Lee and in April last year I was diagnosed with secondary bowel cancer.
In June I started chemo/folfiri with Panitumumab with great success. I had 12 tumours on my liver which were scattered all over, after 6 cycles of chemo 8 had disappeared and 4 had shrunk massively. The primary had also shrunk significantly. After another 5 cycles everything had gone from my liver. My oncologist told me to carry on with the chemo as it would get rid of anything that could be left behind and everything had disappeared beyond their detection. In April this year I underwent surgery to remove the primary and have a stoma and ileostomy bag. This was also a success as I am now clear, and going back in for surgery to have the stoma reversed. However I'm basically being told I have to stay on the chemo/panitumumab because it could come back and if I stop having the chemo for longer than 6 weeks I will lose funding for the Panitumumab , I am in hospital on Monday for my 27 cycle. What I'm being told is that I'm clear as far as they can detect and they say that theres no other way of detecting it my liver to see if theres anything left behind. I am grateful for everything they've done but feel like I've got no option but to stay on the chemo. Has anyone else been in the same situation or have any advice?