pmpw's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 10 years ago, Female, Age: 56, Stage IV

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorecta...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed in April of 2007 as a stage 111 c Colon Cancer. I had emergency surgery (thought I had a stomach flu) and within a month had to start chemotherapy.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Colon surgery (colectomy or hemicolectomy)

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery went well. I recovered without any problems.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had to do 6 months of chemotherapy, which included the Folfox and Eloxitan.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Then in March of 2009 on a follow-up CT Scan a tumour was found in the liver. The cancer had spread.

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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    There were quite a few side effects. One being neuropathy, my feet still are not the same as they were before chemo. Also the chemo left a tin taste in my mouth and food tasted terrible, also could not tolerate cold drinks or food. Nausea and fatigue were also big on the list . They would give me an anti nausea medication before chemo. After they took the pump off, it took a few days to start getting my energy back, and I when I would just start being able to tolerate cold drinks, then it was time for another treatment. Another big issue was getting yeast infections in my mouth, so I would rinse my mouth twice a day with baking sode and warm water and it would keep the yeast from growing.

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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The tumour had grown in the center of the liver, very close to the portal vein. I met with a surgeon and it was decided that I would undergo 2 months of chemo, have surgery, then finish the remainder of the chemo which was 4 months. I completed the 2 months of chemo, returned for a CT scan, the tumour had shrunk, however the surgeon would not do the surgery, saying that he did not feel comfortable with removing such a large portion of the liver. I then went to Texas (MD Anderson) and had the surgery done. Dr. Vaughtey is the liver specialists out there, and I highly recommend him. It was September 29, 2009. Everything went well. In addition to the colon cancer, I also had Stage 1 renal cell carcinoma, totally unrelated to the Colon cancer. So while I was having my liver surgery, they also removed the portion of the kidney that had the tumour. I was in the hospital for 1 week, then finished recovering at home. At first I thought I would never be the same again, but slowly as each day passed I felt better and better.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    So now it was time to finish chemo. We went very aggressive, a combination of Rintinkin, and Fol Fox. This time I starting taking ginger about 2 days before treatment, and during treatment and the nausea was very minimal. I did loose my hair, that was tough at first, but hair will grow back and now I have beautiful curly locks which I never had before. I found that exercising in between treatments really helped with fatigue and I was able to bounce back a lot faster. Getting outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air really made a difference.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Other Care

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    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I finished treatment on April 1, 2010. I go every 6 months for follow up CT's and so far so good. I am feeling good and I just hope and pray that I keep getting good reports. It has been a long journey, and if I can help anyone else with advice or inspiration then that makes me happy.

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