Callapt's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 29 years ago, Male, Age: 68, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage 0

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    • Callapt
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was going through a separation and divorce when I was diagnosed with colon cancer. My wife had moved to an apartment and left our two kids with me. I spent just over a week in the hospital and then went home to finish my recouperation. My church supplied meals for a couple of weeks which helped. I didn't have any complications from my surgery. I'd had great training from my Ostomy nurse as to how to take care of my colostomy that was part of my surgery. It was sometimes a challenge but I learned to adapt.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Callapt
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I began chemo thearapy before I could drive to my appointments, due to my surgery. I had a round of chemothearapy that was 6 weeks, with a treatment each week. I had Lucovorin (SP) and 5FU. I then had a concentrated dose of chemo when I started my radiation treatments that lasted for 6 weeks, daily for 5 days with weekends off. I then went back to chemo and only lasted about 4 weeks before my white blood cell count prohibited my chemo for a couple of weeks. I had chemo again for 5 weeks before my white blood cell count stopped treatments again and then I went for the last 6 weeks of chemo and made it through. All in all this covered about a year from surgery to the end of my chemo and radiation treatrements. I worked through most of the chemo and radiation when I could. My treatments were usually on Thursday and I'd be off work on Friday Sat and Sunday. I'd go to work when I could. My company was great allowing me to work when I could and being off when I couldn't.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Callapt
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had radiation treatments that were preceeded with a concentrated hit of chemo that made me feel pretty miserable. As I began recovering from the hit of chemo, the radiation began wearing me down. I was radiated below the waist and had some burning that made life a bit uncomfortable. I think that the radiation was scheduled to last 6 weeks but I think I ony made it through 5 weeks before the treatments had to be stopped. They said that they had accomplished what they wanted to do in the 5 weeks so it wasn't a problem.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Callapt
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    I was part of a clinical trial and my treatment schedule was dictated by random selection. My treatment schedule of chemo with radiation was found to be the best so before the tria was over, everyone was changed to have the same treatments that I'd had from the start. "Thank you Lord." I was checked for years after my treatments as part of the trial and up till the last year or so, I continued to have annual checkups with my Oncologist.

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    • Callapt
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    I had some hair loss, but not as much as my youngest brother who was naturally loosing his hair. He was disappointed that I was in chemo and still had more hair than he did at the time. After my treatments were over my hair came back which also disappointed my brother further. I had nausea and diarrhea with the chemo and the radiation treatments. In order to keep my weight up I had breakfasts of Edy's ice cream, instant breakfast, milk and a couple of raw eggs blended together. Gosh I miss those shakes.

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    • Callapt
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    When my divorce, and treatments were over, I took a two week vacation by myself to Florida and drove all the way down to Key West and back. I had no prearranged schedule except for taking scuba lessons in Key Largo during the trip. Unfortunately, because of my colostomy, the school I attended was afraid the the wafer/bag colostomy arrangement I had would not seal out sea water so I had to terminate my lessons at the end of the first day. I since found out that there are those who have colostomies that do scuba dive. So it goes.

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    • Callapt
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    2 months ago
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