Topic: Chemotherapy post-resection
Most of the posts on here are, inevitably, about patients with non-resectable tumours. I guess I am one of the lucky ones who, despite my tumour being at (I think) Stage IIA, had a resection by a very skilled surgeon (Prof Lodge in Leeds). This was 5 months ago and of course I'm well aware that there is a significant risk that my cancer will re-appear in due course, the median survival rate is quoted as 1-2 years.
So far at least I have not had any chemotherapy. The surgeon said it was unnecessary and an oncologist told me that, whilst there is no statistical basis for asssessing the effectiveness of post-resection chemo in prolonging life expectancy (since the trials such as ABC02 with Gemcytabine/Cysplatin were limited to non-resected tumour patients) his estimate of effectiveness post-resection would be 10% or less (compared with about 25% effectiveness in shrinking unresected tumours).
Does anyone know of any data related to post-resection effectiveness, or even personal exreience ?