Kalya's Journey:

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 53, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage III

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    • Kalya
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Problem with doctor

    Oh No

    I just got my diagnosis last Friday. (I had been told there was a tumour the week before, but not that it was cancer). I met the surgeon, who said it was urgent we remove the tumour, which is almost blocking the colon. He would have a date for the surgery by today. I heard nothing, so I called his office. He doesn't even work today. My stress level is going through the roof at the moment. :(

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    • Kalya
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a colectomy, and also had "spots" removed from my liver and pancreas. Following the surgery the incision became infected, and opened up. In addition, my pancreas shut down, leaving me an insulin-dependent diabetic.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kalya
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was told that with today's anti-nausea drugs, chemo did not generally cause nausea and vomiting. Well, I guess I am the exception. :( I had my first chemo treatment yesterday, and spent most of the day vomiting. My stomach is a bit better today, but I still feel pretty bad.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Kalya
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Well, maybe. It has been about a year since my original surgery, I am finished chemo and just back to work full-time. A couple of weeks ago I had a standard abdominal CT scan just to be sure things were okay. However, I have had mild epilepsy since childhood, and had recently had an increase in seizures, so they decided to do a CT scan of my head at the same time. I went in early last week to see the doctor. The abdominal scan was clean, but I have a small brain tumour. They did an MRI last Friday to find out if it is more cancer or not, but, needless to say, I am not have an easy time waiting.

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