deb5's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Receiving hospice or palliative care, Male, KRAS mutation positive: No, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage Recurrent

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    • deb5
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Healthy, Strong, Superman of a husband is suddenly a Stage IV cancer patient with liver mets. Given 8 - 10 months even with treatment in 2007

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotherapy 24/7 pump as while taking full radiation treatments completely took his strength, muscle mass, energy and will to go on.

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

    Radiation

    After 2 weeks of 5 x a week radiation treatments he still faced 3 more weeks.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • deb5
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    targeted therapy

    Clinical Trial

    Kevin was unable to receive the newest targeted therapy because he had an allergic reaction to the protein that carried the drug to the cancer cells. The substitute treatment was ineffective

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    • deb5
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    In 2008 we celebrated Kevin having no evidence of disease and by the middle of that year he was working full time and had no evidence that he had ever had cancer. Strength and stamina returned. This celebration was short lived with a recurrence in 2009 that he rebounded from but when the cancer returned in 2011 he has never recovered slowly and surely he is shrinking from strength to dependency

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    • deb5
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Hospice

    Other Care

    moving to hospice care was one of the most difficult decisions. To me it signaled a change in our thought processes, we moved from hope to acceptance of the progression of the disease.

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