bobhess' Journey:

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Male, Age: 60, Stage IV

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    • bobhess
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    This all began in Oct. of 2010. I began to experience a very dull pain in my lower right abdomen. This I blew off as some kind of stomach disorder and would take care of itself, after all the pain was so minimal, I didn't even need to take aspirin or any type of pain meds. This continued until about mid Dec. and I found myself becoming very tired after performing my daily routines, work etc. On Jan. six I left work early went home and told the wife I needed to go to the hospital and see what was going on. Still no real pain,but I could just tell something was wrong.

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    The emergency room doc examined me and while feeling around on my stomach found a small knot. He ordered a cat scan, and the scan revealed that my appendices was swollen and I had some kind of blockage in my colon. He recommended surgery immediately and I said go for it. I was expecting they would remove my appendices and all would be well. I'm sure most who read this remember that devastating moment when the the doctor says "you have cancer". The surgeon went on to explain what he had done a resection of the colon,removal of the tumor and left the appendices alone. He said I would be in hospital for around five days and would know more about what was going to happen as far as further treatment after the biopsy results came back. On the third or fourth day Dr. S ,an oncology Dr. , came to my room and told me that my cancer was at the stage iv as the cancer had spread to lymph nodes and the outside lining of my stomach. I admired this mans demeanor,honesty,and straightforwardness so much I decided he was to be my Dr. and would follow his suggestions. I left the hospital on day six.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

    About a month later we met with Dr. S at the local cancer center. A little note here we is referring to my mother,sister,and wife who along with other members of our family I consider to be a blessing and for that I'm so very grateful! Once again I was impressed with the Dr. honesty and thoroughness. He asked many questions and gave me a tour of the facility and tons of information of what I was about to do. I was sold and made the decision to go forward with chemo treatments.

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    A week later back to hospital and port insertion. Following the surgery I was wheeled over to the cancer center to receive my first round of chemo. This was our plan of action. First the drugs I will receive. 1 Leucovorin 2 Oxaliplatin 3 5fu along with the nausea meds which I'm not sure what they are. I was to recieve this over a period of twenty-four weeks with a total of twelve treatments. Every two weeks I went for treatment. I was at the center for about five hours and at the end of treatment was connected to a portable pump which contained 5fu, and carried this around for forty-six hours. The combo of these drugs I've read and heard refered to as a ''fol fox regimen'',but my onc I've never heard him refer to this. For the first nine treatments other than the extreme fatigue side effects were minimal. One time I remember coming home and had a craving for a fudgesicle, the best way I can describe the feeling that came with the first bite would be, it's like putting 100 bags of pop rock candy in your mouth at one time. Overall things went as planned, I did miss one week of chemo due to mouth sores. I'll talk more about side effects in next section.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • bobhess
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue has been the number one side effect and perhaps the hardest to overcome. Along with fatigue came mouth sores and neuropathy. I've completed my first twelve rounds of folfox and took a chemo holiday. The neuropathy seems to be a battle wound I'll have to live with.

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Celebration

    In Sept. of 2011 had ct scans which showed no signs of cancer yee haw!

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Met with Dr. in Sept. 2011 and discussed what more we needed to do to keep cancer in check. He suggested more chemo. Told him of my concern about the neuropathy and he suggested we drop the oxialplatium from the so called cocktail. I took his advice and continued chemo until the end of Nov. and took a six week holiday.

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    In Jan. of 2012 was scheduled for a colonscopy along with another cat scan. The worst part of the scope was the 24 hour prep,as the purging and the hungry feeling was not so pleasant. Oh well got through it and ate like a horse afterwards.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Celebration

    Both tests came back with very positive outlooks. One was the resection was a success and healed well, as well as no polyps. The cat scan once again came back and cancer not to be found. Thanks go out to my medical team and most of all to God!

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

    Saw Dr. today,10/30/12 about the pet scan I had on Thurs. No cancer to was found. Thank you God!

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