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    What are chances of recurrence of rectal cancer?

Posted on Wed, 12 Nov 2014 in Cancer
Question: My wife was treated two years back from rectal cancer 9cm from the anal verge stage T2N0M0 by doing surgery using LAR technique . They sampled 27 LN and all are negative. The preoperative CEA was 2.2 . What is the percentage of having a recurrence provided that she is under follow up now every six months .
Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh 57 minutes later
Brief Answer:
recurrence rate is quite low

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your query.

You have not stated the grade of tumor. Assuming that it was low grade (well differentiated) and a stage I disease (T2N0), the outlook is quite good. 5-10% recurrences do happen but good followup can detect them early.

Even if it is high grade recurrence rates may be only slightly higher.

Hope I have answered your query. I will be available to answer further followup queries, if any.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Indranil Ghosh 3 minutes later
Thanks Doctor

The grade is Moderately differentiated .

The follow up includes annual CT scan and blood test every six months is this ok ?
Answered by Dr. Indranil Ghosh 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
it is similar to well differentiated

Detailed Answer:
Yes, the followup plan sounds reasonable

best wishes
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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