emtp12's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal Cancer

Patient: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 55

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    A chance encounter with an unrelated problem lead to the discovery of a mass in my colon, which lead to the colonoscopy and eventually to surgery where it was learned that the cancer had metasticized to lymph nodes and abdominal lining. We are trying to find a fit with an oncologist. The local cancer center was a disaster.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    My faith lies in God, and all glory goes to Him. Beyond that confusion rules the day. My life has no normal, and as of right now bravado is the expected role. My wife is wonderful, but full of uncertainty and rightfully so. The kids are mostly silent so far, however the fiasco with the local cancer center was just today. So it is a 100 mile drive to a larger treatment center.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    As I mentioned in another post, shopping around, is a good option, 2nd and 3rd opinions can be invaluable. I had a horrid experience with the local cance center, with the exception of the conversation with the oncologist who was leaving in 2 weeks. He informed me of the results of the testing on the tissue removed during my surgery and told me for the first time that this was a stage IV cancer I was dealing with and the treatment options. He told me about the shortage of chemo nationwide, and of the probable availablity in larger cities. I opted for Siteman Cancer Center in St Louis MO, which is about 2 hours away. My wife and I are not relishing the drive especially with winter weather coming on. We decided to check with a somewhat smaller cancer center about 20 minutes away, and found not only did they not have a chemo shortage, but would gladly follow what Sitemans treatment regiment was. What a gift from God this was. Praise to Him who is mighty to save.

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