Indie136's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 1 year ago, Male, Age: 65, KRAS mutation positive: Yes, BRAF mutation positive: No, Stage IV

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    • Indie136
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    11 months ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer on July 5 of 2017, I was told that I was not a surgical candidate, and that receiving chemo wouks extend my life 2-3 years. I took six rounds of chemo, and was contacted by my oncologist with the news that the tumors had shruken and after some further scans, I was scheduled for surgery on November 15th. I consulted two surgeons, first an oncology surgeon to remove 1/2 of my liver & gall bladder, and about 5 remaining lesions on the 1/2 of my liver. The 2nd surgeon was a colorectal surgeon, who performed a right hemicolectomy, transverse colon, the tumor size was 4.2 cm in greatest dimension. The lab reports showed the treatment effect: In primary tumor: partial response, score 2. AND In lymph node: near complete response, score 1.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    11 months ago
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    Breakthrough

    Celebration

    After my November 15 surgery was completed, my surgurical team and my oncologist have told me that I am Stage 4, “NED” no evidence of disease. I am thrilled. Not thrilled but I will complete my the remaining 6 chemo treatments. From the onset of my “Inoperable cancer” I would receive a total of 12 treatments. Apparently, although I am at NED, the chemo is presumably to finish off any cancer cells the surgeons and scans that may be unseen. I would love to skip the chemo, it justs kicks the vrap put of me, it was highly effective in shrinking the cancer, but it knocks the stuffing out of me.

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