Marbleotis' Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 55

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    • Marbleotis
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Dx on 1/13/2012 (Friday the 13th). I had no symptoms for colon cancer. Just pain on the left side in the front and back (opposite side of the ascending colon). Discovered my gallbladder had to come out, but the pain in the front returned. With that and my insistance that something was wrong I had the colonoscopy done 1/31/12, when I got the surprise of my life. You have colon cancer - but it can be fixed with surgery!

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    • Marbleotis
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    about 5 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery 1/31/12 to remove colon section and tumor and 19 nodes. 3 were affected. Glad this is over.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    2/28/12 Porta Cath in.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Marbleotis
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo #1 of 12 started. The usual fol-fox (5 fu) octpl and lev. Fatigue so far.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Marbleotis
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo #2 of 12. Had difficulty getting a blood draw back in the port so heparin was used, no luck, then tpa - it worked. Later in the evening I developed a fever that went to 103.1F. Very high for a chemo pt. Was admitted to hospital, no infections were found anywhere so we believe it was a reaction to the tps which is a biologic drug - which could cause that reaction. I did not sleep for 3 days. Getting ready for #3 of 12 in 2 days with fingers crossed and many prayers. I also statred with the cold sensitive issues and "pins and needles" in hands and feet.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Marbleotis
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    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Finished 5 of 12 chemo treatments for stage 3 colon cancer. #6 is on Monday. The hardest thing to manage are the side effects. I am very lucky because mine did not spread.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Marbleotis
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    about 5 years ago
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    CEA Results

    Celebration

    I completed 5 of 12 chemo treatments and my Onc ordered the CEA (because I kept asking). My pre-surgery CEA was 7.0, my post surgery with 5 chemo treatments is 0.08. Which is very good. It is nice t get good news while riding on the cancer roller coaster.

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    • Marbleotis
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I have decided to finally have my sewing studio built. cancer helped me decide to do what I do best and what makes me very happy - sewing! Just sharing my thoughts.

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    • Marbleotis
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Doing chemo #6 of 12. I am at the half-way point and could not be happier. My WBC count went from 4.4 to 6.6 so I was able to continue on schedule. I am keeping a very organic diet and trying to do everything right. It is nice to have a happy day - even though I am hooked up to an infusion pump. Oh-well it could always be worse!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Marbleotis
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo #7 of 12 is done. Added magesium and calcium to help with the neuropathy (spelling?) Did help with the duration and intensity of the numbing. Otherwise super super tired.

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