ttisme's Journey:

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 57, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage III

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    • ttisme
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Oh No

    I orginally was diagnosis with diverticulitis in Oct 2010, with a preforation. I continued to have "stomach" problems and was then diagnosised with gall stones and had my gall bladder removed in March 2011. Six months later, I finally have a routine colonoscopy and they find a large mass in my ascending colon. October 2011- I have colon resectioned, diagnosised with stage 3 colon cancer....here I am.

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    • ttisme
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am now between treatsment 6 and 7. 5 more to go. 5-fu, levoleucovorin and Oxialiplatin- for the first 5 treatments. Oxi and I had a reaction to one another and it was discontinued after I put the staff at the center through a readiness drill. Dealing with the chemo, the side effects and the affect on everyday life is challenging. Once the side effects are there, you can kinda expect them everytime. Some will increase in intensity, but will subside to a tolerable level mid way through. (This is what I was told, and what happened) Learning what you can eat, when the diarreaha will hit, is all different with each person I have found. I eat non stop during treatment and diarreaha hits on the second day after treatment, around the same time my mouth dries out and my lips split! Keep a notebook to document the side effects, and look for a pattern to them. Sleep when you body says to, and eat small meals instead of large ones. Keep your feet and hands well lotioned!

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • ttisme
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Side Effects

    Constipation after treatment- eat lots of veggies and drink lots of water. dry mouth and lips- I use biotene toothpaste and rinse dry cracked lips-vaseline hands and feet neuropathy- johnson's baby oil gel! tired- fresh sheet and a cold pillow! My hair thinned out during first 4 treatments, i used Aveeno baby wash/shampoo. I am now back to using my old favorite shampoos. Cold feet/toes- after trying every slipper at Walmart, i orderd a pair of wicked shearling slippers from LL Bean. They are warm, cozy to you toes and have a hard enough sole that I wear mine all the time, inside and out!

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