Met with my onc today. For background I had goj cancer that had grown into my stomach with lymph node involvement. Operation to remove my full stomach 8 weeks ago was a success although my margin wasn't the required 2mm clear (but was 1mm clear) however I had 16 lymph nodes test positive for cancer - not great I know.
The surgeon estimated an 80 percent chance of reoccurrence and I came to terms with that and met with my onc a fortnight ago and he prepared me for post op chemo (which was a little worrying considering despite the clear improvements in my swallowing, pathologically it seemed to have very little effect pre op). Anyway, my wound from my op and a lumpectomy I had (turned out to be benign) on my back haven't healed properly yet so I had to go in to see him again today as he wanted that to have settled before embarking on the next cycle - with a view to starting chemo on Friday.
I've had no tests or results in the meantime. He sat me down and told me that he and his colleagues had now decided that I have incurable cancer because it will definitely come back in their opinion due to the number of (removed) lymph nodes involved. This means I'm now being offered CX plus herceptin(I'm HER2 positive) starting in 6 weeks once I've had time to recover, my wounds have fully healed and I've had a ct. I will then be scanned pretty regularly.
I feel a bit confused and I'd be interested to find out if anyone has come across a similar situation before. They are expecting my ct to show nothing but that there is microscopic cancer. This is fine and frankly expected but I thought this could be dealt with in the post op chemo.
Also, there has been no evidence of metastasis through the the testing period and still none. I feel perfectly normal (considering I have no stomach) and was pretty positive up until this meeting today.
Does this sound unusual, being diagnosed with no evidence (although I accept the odds aren't great). I guess I'm looking for some hope or advice if anyone can give any.
Thanks in advance as always.