PattyLou's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 1 year ago, Female, Age: 73, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IIIA

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    • PattyLou
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    about 1 year ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Fist size tumour removed Nov 28 via laparoscopic surgery. Physically healed by late December; anemia corrected by mid February; still battling fatigue and loss of muscle from last year or two.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • PattyLou
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    about 1 year ago
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    to accept chemo or not. leaning to not.

    Decision Point

    Focus on nutritional health and rebuilding muscle loss and overall fitness.

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    • PattyLou
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    about 1 year ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    Just turned 72

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    • PattyLou
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    about 1 year ago
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    Anemia medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Took 300 units a day for 2.5 months before surgery to raise blood count so transfusion was not necessary and easier procedure. 2.5 more months after surgery as severe anemia resulted from surgery/ All good now.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • PattyLou
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    about 1 year ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    fatigue and severe anemia were the only warning signs that led to discovery of a colon tumour (far from the rectum).

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    • PattyLou
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    about 1 year ago
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    CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

    Other Care

    Juicing -- primarily carrots -- (Gerson Therapy variation) and Cottage Cheese/Flaxseed emulsion for 2.5 months. Will do again.

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