chris4yes' Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Male, Age: 54, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IV

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    • chris4yes
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    A couple months prior to Stage 4 Colon doagnosis was initially diagnosed and treated for Diaferticulitis

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Colon resection went well but showed metasteses to liver, lymphs, pelvis, hip and spine. Surgery was immediate and expedience was absolutely shocking

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Gearing up for immediate post surgical chemotherapy

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    acclimating to chemo was really an educated XXX shoot but did come up with right blend of drugs for both fighting cancer and side effects from chemo drugs

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    repair abdominal herniation resulting from colon resection

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    Had similar side effects as chemo, nausea and exhaustion

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    Made it to 48

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    over 4 years ago
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    Liver resection & hepattic pump implant

    Procedure or Surgery

    Resection was to oblate metetastic tumors on my liver . . . they also implanted a hepatic pump to feed chemo directly into liver rather than systemic treatment. Surgery and recovery was extremely painful and rough. I developed toxemia from chemo through hepatic pump so the whole procedure did not help me to get rid of of neutralize liver cancer actitvity

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Other- assesing and accessing treatment priorities

    Decision Point

    Serious pain in scapula pointed toward radiation . . . spinal pain could be treated with CyberKnife but insurance company denied CyberKnife saying that it does not provide any medical advantage over traditional radiation therapy BUT advantage 1 is that Cyberknife can target radiation so that it does not hit my spinal chord thus drastically reducing the risk of short or long term paralysis and advantage # 2 is that if I do traditional radiation first it will hit my spinal chord and will rendering it impossible to doANY future radiation to that area. I am appealing their decision which takes time and time has become a precious commodity until I get necessary treatment. Please note that nearly every step of the treatment process has been met with denials and roadblocks from Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NJ. Beware and be aware . . . you will have to advocate for yourself because as unconscionable as it is, at least in my case denial first has been regular operating proceedure

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    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Layoff from treatment to allow my body to recover from toxemia allowed cancer to recurr and spread. Recurrances happened in my liver, lymphnodes, and pelvis. Cancer spread to additional areas of spine and into my scapula

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