jomamafromky's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 53, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IV

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a colonoscopy in December 2011 after a routine check suggested by my family physician showed blood in my stool. A tumor was discovered in my sigmoid colon, but it was benign; I was supposed to have just a resection to remove that portion of my colon. I had no signs or symptoms of anything wrong; recurring pain in my pelvic region were what I had mistakenly thought were pains from ovulation, and the little bit of blood I had noticed in my stool was from what I thought were internal hemorrhoids that I have had for 20 years. When I woke from my surgery I learned that I had a mass the size of a softball and it was wrapped around my ovary and my ureter. My surgeon also removed 14 lymph nodes that looked suspicious. The biopsy confirmed that the mass was malignant and 7 of the 14 lymph nodes were also cancerous. Because it was so far down near the anal canal he also had to perform a colostomy

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Insertion of a "power point"

    Procedure or Surgery

    In February 2011 I had a power port inserted into my chest, to allow me to receive chemotherapy with fewer delivery complications.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Complete body scan, chest x-ray, other radiologic tests

    Other Care

    My entire body, other than my head, was scanned to see if cancer had spread to any other organs since it was in the lymph nodes.

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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The first of March, 2011 I began radiation therapy, which lasted for a total of 5 and 1/2 weeks, Monday through Friday.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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