janderson1964's Journey:

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 11 years ago, Male, Age: 53, KRAS mutation positive: Yes, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage IV

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed stae IV with one met to the liver. I had colon resection and then liver resection six weeks later in December 05. I did 12 rounds of FOLFOX plus Avastin in 06. I was NED until July 07 when a scan revealed another spot on my liver. I had a second liver resection in August 07 followed by 10 rounds of FOLFIRI plus Avastin out of a scheduled 12 rounds. During that time I had 2 DVT's (Blood clots). The first one formed around my PICC line. They put me on blood thinners, took the PICC out and put a port in. I formed another DVT around my port line which landed me in the hospital for a week. I had the port taken out after treatment and went 4 years NED. October 2011 revealed a large mass in my liver. December 2011 I had surgery to remove my entire right lobe, gall bladder, a piece of my diaphram and abdominal wall. The tumor was so be that it grew out side of the liver and attached itself to my diaphram and abdominal wall. I did 12 rounds of FOLFIRI plus Vectibix in 2012. Finished treatments in July. I am currently NED again and had my port taken out for the second time. I also formed a clot in my leg during treatment this time around as well. I was very into mountain biking before cancer and more into it now. I even rode 2 days after treatment. I switched to a mostly vegan, organic diet since diagnosis.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The answers above refer to 1 colon resection and 3 liver resections.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was very sick with nausea and dirarrhea during treatment and several days after but I refused to let it hold me down.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    This Thursday 10/25/12 I will celebrate 7 years as a stage IV cancer survivor and NED again.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Stop treatment

    Decision Point

    In 2008 I made a decision to stop treatment after 10 rounds since my scans were clear and it was making me really sick. I have no regrets. I went 4 years NED after that point.

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