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A 29-year-old male asked about a 30-year-old female:

stage iii-b crc removed surgically 2 weeks ago, 3 days ago surgery was performed to remove post op adhesion blocking the small intestines, suggested chemo is capeox. when should treatment begin?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
As soon as: The surgery heals. We try to do it no later than 6 weeks from the cancer surgery but of course, stuff can sometimes happen that can delay it. Best to you.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Provided original answer
Dr. Ho astutely noticed you are only 30 and advised genetic evaluation. She is spot on.
Aug 13, 2013
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Adjuvant chemo: Adjuvant chemo for stage iii colorectal cancer would be combination of 5fu/oxaliplatin or capecitabine/oxaliplatin. Chemo can be started as soon as you are recovering well from your surgery. It can be started 4-6 weeks from surgery-providing that all surgical site is healed. Good luck. It is not a common thing to have a colon cancer at age of 30- thus a genetic counselling/testing is recommended.

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Last updated Aug 14, 2013

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