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Chemo here we go

Hi friends, Just had a phone call from the hospital so say my husband needs chemo. We don't know anymore details than that until we see the consultant in two weeks. The nurse said that they found some cancer in the veins for his bowel but nothing in the lymph glands. It has come as a slight shock as we really thought after his operation 3 weeks ago he would not need any further treatment. Not sure of this news is good or bad . We cannot wait now to see the consultant to ask lots of questions that we have in our heads :x::x::x:

Bear G

Hi @Sia
I can imagine this has been something of a shock to you both but I would certainly encourage you to try to view this as a good thing.
You’ll hear more from the consultant but it sounds like he just has some localised spread so they’ll be using the chemo to mop up any cells that are roaming around.
Please write down all your questions ahead of the appointment so you can make sure you get all your answers, I do that every time!
Big hugs


Hi @Sia my husband recently started chemo following surgery. Although the surgeon removed all the cancer they found that 3 lymph nodes proved positive. The surgeon referred him to the oncologist so that some 'mopping up' of any stray cells could be done. We were a little upset because like you we hoped that the surgery would be enough. Well my husband was told that he would have 6 months of chemo and he is just in the middle of his second of eight cycles.
Let us know how you get on when you see the oncologist and please try not to worry. I think this mopping up with chemo after surgery is quite usual :x:


@Bear G @Lupin thank you both so much for your encouraging replies. Yes we cannot wait to see the consultant and ask the questions. Take care love Sian :x::x:


Bless him, mop up chemo is ok. It sounds scarier than it actually is. I had 6 months too, it was manageable. :x: :x: :x:

Lady B

Hi @Sia , I too had to do mop up chemo after surgery, was supposed to be 6 months which seemed an age at the time but it was reduced to 3 months which was more bearable. Hope it goes well :x::x:


Hi @Sia - I to did mop up chemo for 6 months, it was capecitabine in tablet form. I was generally okay continued working , driving etc I did get tired towards the end and my toenails went a bit yukky but other than that it was doable. Ron :x::x:


Hi @Sia my hubby is on mop up too. He had chemo before surgery, as he was stage 4 at diagnosis, chemo worked wonders for him, and then he had two successful ops. He is on Cycle 3 of mop up (hooked up to his pump as we speak) he has folfox and 5fu and has found it ok. He suffers with some cold sensitivity, some neuropathy and the first bite syndrome, but other wise tolerates it pretty well. They give you so many drugs to help with the side effects, and can offer alternatives if these do not work. Hopefully in a week or so after seeing the Onc you have a better idea of what chemo and for how long. :x::x::x: