Chuck's Journey:

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 24 years ago, Male, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage III

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    • Chuck
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 10 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    During my annual physical my doctor got a positive reading to a digital rectal exam and recommended I have a colonoscopy. That probably saved my life.

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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 10 years ago
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    Removal of rectal tumor

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgeon was able to use a titanium clamp device for the resection of the rectum. he said if it wasn't for that invention, I would have had a Colostomy.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 10 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    As a high school math teacher, I had to take a month off of school. I experienced minimal side effects from I believe it was called 9FU chemo. & radiation therapy (chemo, then radiation, then chemo). I got slighly naseous toward the end, but i believe I could actually smell the drug when I pulled into the parking lot.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 10 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I experienced no sexual problems until after the radiation started. I think the impact of radiation is felt in the long term.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 10 years ago
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    Whether to have the chemo and radiation treatment

    Decision Point

    The surgeon who was excellent felt that he had removed all the cancerous tissue. He said a very diligent radiologist found a single cancerous cell in just one lymph node which is very unusual and that put it at a stage 3 vice 1. He said usually when it has spread there are thousands of cells and it almost jumps out at you under a microscope. My wife, who is a registered nurse, felt it would do more harm than goodd to go through with the chemo/radiation therapy recommended by my Oncologist who was also excellent. I asked my surgeon's advice. He said if I didn't go through with it and the cancer returned, I wouldn't be able to forgive myself. I agreed with him and went through with the recommended treatment.

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