Ann's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 20 years ago, Female, Age: 80, Stage IV

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    • Ann
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    9 of 39 lymph nodes are positive

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Whole of ascending colon removed PLUS sigmoid-rectal junction removed. GREAT impact!!

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had PORT-A-CATH implanted in chest and carried its cassette at all times, 24/7. It had 5Fu in it, which was refilled once a week. I had radiation at the same time, 5 days a week at the hospital, as an out patient traveling in.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I felt VERY ill during this time and developed skin problems. Nausea and weakness may have been from radiation OR chemo -- or a combination may have cause diarrhea which was almost constant.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Diarrhea, nausea (and some vomiting), fatigue/weakness almost constantly.

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Too ill to function normally

    Loss

    The side/after effects went on for a VERY long time and SEVERELY impacted my life, making normal living impossible.

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    • Ann
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Could not continue my responsible professional career

    Decision Point

    After more than 2 years had to decide I could only take a very part-time lower-level professional position---a real loss for me.

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Husband at home (still working professionally, however)

    Other Care

    My husband and daughter living 10 minutes away were marvelous. But totally necessary! (This surgery and treatment started in 1997. In 2001 I had to have a dural fistula in my head repaired by embolization (caused by bowel straining) AND in September 2001 I had emergency open gall bladder surgery. In 2004 and 2005 I had breast cancer surgeries. In 2010 I had a minor rectal surgery for removal of a benign polyp.) I am writing in 2012 and the past year has been very difficult with a recurrence of the after-effects of the colon cancer treatments---unwanted, sudden diarrhea attacks. I am under the care of a GI specialist.

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