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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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What is prognosis like colon cancer if chemotherapy

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What is prognosis like for metastic colon cancer if chemotherapy works ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi again. What exactly do you mean by if chemo works?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

My father has started a new chemo - oxyplatin . If cancer responds to this what is prognosis

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Well, to a certain degree it would depend on how positive the response was. If it were very positive, then his five year survival chances would be about 10%.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Only 10 percent ?

well he's only had 3 rounds but I don't think it's working .

cea before chemo was 65

cea after 1 round -80 it jumped to

cea after 2 round -55

what at you think ?

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.

The CEA alone really doesn't say much about whether or not the chemo is working.

Seriously here for a moment--you've asked many of us many questions about your father's condition and really most of those questions should have been directed to and answered by his own oncologist, but I have to be straight with you here--I personally don't think he's going to get much benefit from any chemo at this point and most likely he'll succumb to the cancer withing the next two years

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

So would chemo b pointless ?

is it better we try other treatment in Germany like TACE and denderic cell vaccination etc ?

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
I can't say pointless since I'm not his doctor. You can try the other treatments but really I wouldn't expect them to help
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I suppose chemo is main right ? He seems to tolerate it ok

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
If his oncologist is suggesting further chemo then he should have it