Kimbyy71's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 13 years ago, Female, Age: 45, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IIIC

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    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed the day after my only child turned 1 year old. I was 32 years old with no history of cancer in my family

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    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Due to the location of the tumor (1.5 inches into the rectum) and the size (80% of the circumference) my best chances of survival was to have a TME and permanent colostomy.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Prior to surgery I had a PIC line with 24/7 infusion of 5-FU with leucovorin and went in every two weeks for an infusion of Oxaliplatin for 6 weeks. After surgery I had Xeloda in pill form (two weeks on, one week off) and every two weeks I went in for an infusion of Irinotecan for an additional 6 months.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Prior to surgery I had radiation five days a week for 6 weeks. It did cause some severe pain and sores in the rectal area.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    On March 17th, 2009 I celebrated 5 years of being cancer-free (NED)

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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    From the second round of chemo (Irinotecan & Xeloda) I would occasionally have to skip treatment and do home injections to raise my white blood cell count

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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    From pregnancy brain, to mommy brain to chemo brain, I spent almost three years brainless

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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I lost my hair during the Irinotecan / Xeloda phase, not the first round of chemo

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