pastorfrank1's Journey with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Survivor: Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 61, KRAS mutation positive: Don't Know, BRAF mutation positive: Don't Know, Stage II

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
    pastorfrank1's Avatar

    whether or not to even bother with the second round of treatment

    Decision Point

    once my fear was confirmed that the cancer was back, I had to determine if I wanted to go through all the side effects and isolation of having the surgery. It was very difficult because I remembered how difficult my last treatment was, and what it put my family through and I wasn't sure it would be worth it. Only after long heart to heart talks with my wife did I finally agree to the procedure, and I am still in the guessing stage of if I made the right choice or not.

    0 Comments
  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
    pastorfrank1's Avatar

    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    after my first bout with colon cancer in 08, I was told they got all the cancer, but I just keep feeling as if something was wrong. It took 4 yrs for the Dr. to do a different type of colonoscopy to determine that the cancer was back and that it was more dramatic than the first one. I spent 8.5 hrs on the operating table and had to have a coloscopy

    0 Comments
  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
    pastorfrank1's Avatar

    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    all the talk I heard prior to my surgery is that in a few months I would start feeling like my old self again, but I had to go on a 6 month regiment of chemo, 3 wks on 1 wk off and each time I went off my chemo, just as I started to feel stronger I had to go back on it. Also the colon bags would come undone and thus creating a mess on myself and the bed clothes and my regular clothes to the point that I didn't leave the house for several months.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
    pastorfrank1's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Once on the chemo, I would have severe stomach pains, to the point of making me double over, the itching was unbearable both on my legs and back and feet, my loss of appetite was good because it helped me loose some weight, but I was always tired and groggy

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
    pastorfrank1's Avatar

    External radiation

    Radiation

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
    pastorfrank1's Avatar

    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    after my second battle which was a year long battle, I finally finished my treatment, and go back in Dec. to see my colon Dr. to have him determine what steps to take next. Am excited but also apprrehensive.

    0 Comments