Hi Becky, My suggestion is ct scan every 2-3 months and if tumors are still growing then I personally would be proactive and try chemo. I waited over about five years before I started chemo, but I had resections and was caught probally alot earlier than many. I did try alternatives, probally everything listed on this site. Did any do any good. Maybe or maybe not. Tumors continued to recur and grow slowly. I started chemo three years ago. Plus had radiation to the liver and spine bone. I start my 5th chemo regimen Monday. I can't really remember the different combination I've tried but know I've had 5-FU, carboplatin, Cisplatin, gemcitibine, oxalyplatin, xeloda, and trying taxotere on Monday which was just approved late 2006, by the FDA specifically for CC. There is a couple others I have had but just don't remember. You can always ask the oncologist to start out treatments at a lower dosage or cut back if side effects were to harsh. Yes, all of these chemos have either shrunk or held stable the cc. But I kept changing as eventually one regimen would become ineffective so I moved on to another. I guess I waited and monitored the first five years as the oncologist I had back then told me if chemo is going to work now it will work later but not to let tumors get to big before trying. But you also got to remember the little radicals lurking around that can pop up any where; like my rib and spine. That wasn't caught on a CT Scan either but verified by MRI after a few weeks of incredible pain. I was up to 120mgs of morphine daily with a break through med called dialud(SP). Becky, I just feel your struggle and it's a difficult choice. Only one that you can make. Just living and thinking of this disease everyday is rough enough, let mind which direction to lead off with or not. I wish you the best and trust you'll make the right choice for you.
Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)