IrishPegOfAR's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 9 years ago, Female, Age: 58, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage III

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Problem with doctor

    Oh No

    Being diagnosed with cancer initially and being told by the doctor, "Yes it is malignant. It's bad and it's in a bad place."

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Removal of rectal tumor

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had an endo-cavity procedure to remove the tumor from the rectum; it was analyzed and determined to be stage 1; then I had a brief round of external radiation and two endo-cavity irradiation treatments.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation (Endocavitary)

    Radiation

    I had 5 days of external radiation tx. followed by two endo-cavity irradiation treatments. The latter were done two weeks apart as outpatient procedures at Barnes-Jewish in St. Louis.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I finished the initial treatment in October 2008 and went two years being cancer free

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    A blood test showed the blood marker for my type of cancer went from 1.0 in June 2010 to 10.0 in December 2010. CT scan, then PET scan, then Biopsy showed the cancer was recurring in lymph nodes in my upper abdomen near the aorta.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had six months of IV chemo with two drugs plus oral chemo medication. Experienced about a dozen side effects.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Severe arm pain the day of IV chemo treatment followed by continued arm pain/discomfort for several days after; diahhrea, gas, constipation, fatigue, headaches, sleeplessness, neuropathy in hands/feet, sensitivity to cold/hot foods & temperatures, etc. - just to name a few.

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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Following the six months of chemotherapy (Jan-July 2011), I had radiation and oral chemotherapy for 28 treatments in Aug/Sept 2011. Facing both radiation and chemotherapy seemed daunting at first, requiring me to "dig a little deeper" to face that challenge and overcome my fear of having both types of treatment at the same time.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

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

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  10. 10
    over 4 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Acidic stools and sensitivity to feet and finger tips.

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  11. 11
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    A second recurrence happened in the lungs about 4-6 months after the second round of treatment for the first recurrence. Basically, the second area treated (the lymph nodes) appeared to be cured, but then nodules showed up in the lungs and I was facing chemo again...

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  12. 12
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Oral chemotherapy resumed in May 2012, then as a CT scan showed the lung nodules were increasing, IV chemo was started in Oct 2012

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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