I'm with Mary (the patient) fully on this. I've been an engineer for over 40 years - the latest catch phrase is "trust but confirm". That says it all. Since so little is known about CC (and probably less about how it would restart), extra testing (within some restraints) makes sense to me.
How many of us change engine oil every three months or 3000 miles? Realistically, it is fine to run it twice that, especially the synthetics. Why hesitate about testing? "If only" I had found CC earlier, I might have been eligible for surgery and might have a better prognosis. That belief is probably affecting my attitude.
I'm not advocating CT scans every five years for adults over 50 - there are probably not enough resources to support that, plus the insurance companies would refuse to cover it. It almost sounds like the position is that after you've had cancer, even if you're in complete remission, the clock is ticking, so testing more frequently than recommended will not appreciably affect the outcome or the timeline. I hope I'm wrong.
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