DukeM's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Male, Age: 44, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IIIC

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    • DukeM
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    End of June of last year (2011), I had my yearly check-up. The usual blood work and tests until I told my doctor I had hemorrhoids. Being only 38 years old, I kinda figured it was only normal to have it. I treated it with the usual Preperation-H ointments and suppository. My doctor probed me and was a little alarmed of how low the mass was. She referred me to a GI right away, who scheduled me for a colonoscopy. The GI wasn't able to finish with the colonoscopy due to the mass close to my anus, they did biopsy on the mass instead. Result was Adeno Carcinoma and the tumor was 5mm wide. I then went to see an Oncologist who recommended me to get Adjuvant Chemotherapy and subsequent Radiation Therapy. Cancer Stage--3C

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    • DukeM
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Before I underwent with the treatment, I had surgery for a port catheter to be installed. I was given Continuous Infusion Therapy for 6 weeks of the drug 5fu. A pump was connected to my port for the 6 weeks of treatment except for th weekly replenishment in the clinic, where they had to take the pump out to add more of the drug. Luckily, I didn't experience a lot of the usual side effects except for the occasional weakness. I wasn't able to take a bath the whole time so my wife had to sponge bathe me.

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

    Radiation

    During my treatment, I never really experienced any pain. The major side effect I am experiencing is that any wound that directly or close to the site or area of treatment, heals slow. It hinders fast recovery.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • DukeM
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Although I was told there was a chance that my surgeon might perform APR with Permanent Colostomy, I really didn't want it. Because of radiation therapy my wounds are not healing fast enough, so 3 months after the major surgery and 3 weeks after debridement surgery, I'm still under recovery. I have stayed most of the time in bed in the 3 months after surgery. Afraid that if I move too much I might cause the wound to rupture and delay my recovery further.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started adjuvant chemo last week. Folfox. And so my 12 treatment 6 months journey begins.

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