IKickedIt's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 51, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IIIA

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    • IKickedIt
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had a colonoscopy in February 2011 due to bleeding. As they are wheeling me in for the procedure, the GI doc and nurses are all saying, "It's probably just an internal hemorrhoid." After the procedure, with long looks on their faces, they explain to me and my husband that I have an adenocarcinoma the size of a golf ball partially obstructing my bowel. My husband is saying, "Can you explain that to us again?" And I am saying, "I'm sure you have the wrong patient; I'm only 45." How were we going to tell our kids? And my parents...they don't deserve this. They already buried my brother 15 years earlier and I am their only remaining child. We chose not to say anything to anyone (just my best friends who literally kept me sane for the next few weeks) until we had all the results of the tests which would determine whether it had spread to my liver or lungs (which it hadn't) and what the course of treatment would be. Those were the worst two weeks of my life.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Laparascopic colon surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had surgery in March 2011 to remove the tumor and 12" of my colon. My surgeon told us he wouldn't know until he went in if he was going to have to open me all the way or if I would need a colostomy. Fortunately, I needed neither. I was in the hospital for 6 days. I had a tremendous support system so I was fortunate to have a lot of people offering to help once I came home. I had hemorrhaged after not taking it easy after my second child was born so I knew I was going to take my time with this recovery. I found sitting to be the most uncomfortable situation. I simply could not sit for any long period of time and riding in the car was very uncomfortable. The doctors had told me it would be a 4-6 week recovery period and that was accurate. I drove for the first time about 3 weeks after surgery. I returned to work after about 5-6 weeks.

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The surgeon told us that we would have to wait for the pathology of the lymph nodes before he could determine the staging. My surgery was on Tuesday and he hoped to have the pathology back before the weekend (I couldn't imagine having to wait the entire weekend to find out). Nothing on Thursday, but I knew he had the results when he came in to see me Friday afternoon. I could tell from his demeanor that the results weren't good. Two of the 26 lymph nodes biopsied were affected so I would need chemo. Stage 3A.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    FOLFOX 6 modified. Three hour infusion of that wonderful (note sarcasm) drug, oxaliplatin and leucovorin. Then 46-hour continuous 5FU infusion via portable pump. Infusion was no problem, but I couldn't stand the pump. Had to take sleeping pills and sleep with ear plugs.

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