Delay between chemo & radiation-time for cancer to grow? Why wait?
I had a hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy in Jan 2022 – Stage 1a, Grade 2. No follow-up treatment, checks every 3 month. In June 2023 cancer returned with a soft tissue mass in the anterior upper pelvis and in iliac lymph nodes. No distant metastasis. I am currently undergoing 6 sessions chemo (carboplatin and paclitaxel, keytruda) and have 1 more session to go Nov 8th. I'm told that I will have a scan done after that last session but that I can't schedule it ahead of time- I have to wait for the infusion on Nov. 8th. So it won't be done most likely until late Nov. Then I have to schedule appointments with they Gyn/Onc/Surgeon and the Onc/Chemo doctors. They've already indicated that I will most likely need follow-up radiation. So now we're talking Dec and doctors on holidays/vacation. Radiation prep will mean meeting with RadioOnc, scheduling etc. It seems like we're talking well into the new year. My concern/question is if my last chemo is Nov. 8th and nothing more is done until late Jan or into February – isn't that delay just giving any lingering cancer time to replenish and grow? Shouldn't there be less of a delay between treatments? I'm tolerating the chemo very well and would like to just get on with it.