CherylHutch's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 11 years ago, Female

  1. 1
    about 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    When you hear the word "Cancer", everything else becomes "Blah Blah Blah". Your whole world turns upside down and all you can hear is "Cancer".

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  2. 2
    about 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Was in the hospital for 5 weeks. The first three weeks were to battle perotonitis with IV antibiotics. They were trying to get rid of the infection before doing the surgery. The surgery took place in the first week of January 2007. The surgeon removed 18 inches of colon/intestine, including the tumour which had perforated the intestinal wall and attached itself to my abdominal wall. 6 hour surgery, but my wonderful surgeon appeared to get it all and he put metal clamps on the abdominal wall where the tumour had attached itself, so the radiologist would know where on the wall to radiate.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 3
    about 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    In March 2007 I started FOLFOX.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    The Oxypiliptin has done permanent nerve damage to my shins/calves/feet which makes walking a bit of a challenge... some days, a real hard challenge.

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  5. 5
    about 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  6. 6
    about 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  7. 7
    about 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    I was on the oral (pill), Xeloda. This did cause fatigue now and again and severe pain in both my heels. I think it just aggravated the nerve damage that was already there.

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  8. 8
    about 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    For lack of better description, I had a reaction to the Irinotecan... and the longer I was on it, the stronger the reaction became. I developed a severe asthmatic response to the chemo. I have never had asthma in my life, but that is how I responded to this chemo. Very hard to breathe... to the point I ended up in Emergency.

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  9. 9
    about 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was put on Irinotecan.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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