Standard of Care, and non surgical options (Rectal Cancer)
My wife was diagnosed with Stage II/III rectal cancer, 7 cm from anus, in the Spring and has just completed 6 cycle of FOLFOX infusion treatments. It’s grueling for her. But scans show no signs of the tumor or the lymph node involvement – so, “woo hoo!”.
Standard of Care says we are at the ‘radio followed by surgery’ stage. I’m reading up on the latest data in NEJM, and it appears adding radio doesn’t necessarily improve outcomes. I am also interested to know if there are non-surgical options (very afraid the lifestyle changes will be intolerable for her). Again, does surgery improve outcomes?
Experiences or advice, and pointers to studies, research, articles would be appreciated.