Colorectal cancer Surgery: Watch and Wait
A 30 year old female patient, stage III and T4b with colorectal cancer (cancer cells also in vagina) has neoadjuvant chemo to shrink the tumor for surgery. The treatment didn’t work. Additional chemo and radiation therapy was given for about 2-3 months to stall growth to prepare for surgery.
Biopsies and PET scans now show no cancer cells.
The surgeon is recommending WW – watch and wait for 6 weeks…stressing the surgery is life altering and she is “so young.” Surgeon says he will do the surgery if she wants, but pushes for waiting.
Has anyone ever been advised to take this approach? Is it possible she could be “cancer free.”
Biopsies also show the cancer cells have turned “mucinous” according to the surgeon, but he states there are no cancer cells. Can this be?
Thanks in advance