Four years post op and in March given the unwelcome news, following a routine CT scan, that there were enlarged abdominal lymph nodes and therefore likely the cancer had returned. Not easy to deal with, but two more three monthly scans later, my cancer specialist nurse phoned to say my case had again been discussed at the oncology team meeting. This consists of consultants, surgeons, radiologists and all concerned with treatment. I also had an endoscopy the other week, and that did not reveal anything nasty other than the tender inflamed area caused by bile reflux, but nothing much can be done with that other than persevere with various medication. The team also discussed that the latest scan showed no appreciable change in the size of lymph nodes, so watch and wait, with another scan in early December, is the way to go. It was said that it seems to be an 'indolent' cancer, which means in medical terms, slow growing and not immediately problematic. Got to be happy with that. Especially given that although an indolent cell can change into an aggressive one, this will usually happen over a relatively long time.
So if only could sort out the bile.