Jelenae's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 56, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IIIB

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    • Jelenae
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    over 4 years ago
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    Colonoscopy started in all

    Procedure or Surgery

    Routine colonoscopy that I took simply because I'd never had one. Turned up a malignant tumor in the sigmoid colon.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jelenae
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    over 4 years ago
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    Just being single with a very limited support system

    Oh No

    I am fortunate to have a sister who is my rock. She's taken the diagnosis in stride.

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    • Jelenae
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    over 4 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    because of a family history of ovarian cancer and my age of 52, went ahead and had a total hysterectomy at the same time, while doing the major surgery. Had one small spot of the incision that refused to close. Spent three weeks in the hospital, then two more weeks in a rehab hospital before going home with outpatient nursing to continue the dressings.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jelenae
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    about 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Simple hospital day surgery that meant more wait and wait than anything. Gave me more time to spend with my sister. Left me with a serious itch, I don't tolerate adhesives well, and I had medical superglue on the wound, steri-strips, and paper tape on the gauze covering which caused hives.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Jelenae
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Doing the Folfox regimen and having the pump to carry home was a bit awkward, but it beat having to make continual trips in to the office for infusions.

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