Patient Comments: Colon Cancer - Diagnosis

How was the diagnosis of your colon cancer established?

Published: July 18

I was 48 when I began having stomach upset and change in bowel habits. I thought it was stress and my doctor tested for ulcer, gallbladder and other stress related ailments. Later I began passing blood, but because of my excellent health and lack of family history of polyps, no one suggested I get a colonoscopy for 5 months. That revealed a tennis ball size tumor in the descending colon. Stage III. There were 6 lymph nodes involved, but no penetration of the bowel wall. Go figure. I had 6 months of Zeloda orally and Oxaliplatin IV. Other than gaining 15 pounds during chemo, and a bit of fatigue, I did great. It's been three and a half years and all follow up tests are negative. I've yet to loose that 15 pounds.

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Published: June 12

After being first diagnosed with IBS, the GP gave me a referral for a colonoscopy. It was then that I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. I also have polyps throughout my colon. I was 35 years old when diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of colorectal type. It was only after extensive surgery that the full extent of the cancer was realized. It had spread to 5 of my lymph nodes and 2 areas outside of my lymph nodes.

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Published: June 11

I was initially told I had a hemorrhoid causing rectal bleeding...both by GPs and a GI...I went to a colon rectal surgeon for another opinion only to learn I had a rectal tumor (approx. 1 inch) that was not detected in a colonoscopy three years earlier. The pathology report indicated adenocarcinoma, and I went thru the standard radiation/chemo six-week treatment before surgery. Amazingly, all symptoms (bleeding, constipation, etc.) disappeared from the first day of radiation. I feel great, have no symptoms, and do not appear sick (I am 59 years old).

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Published: June 04

At age 52, my husband was diagnosed with colorectal cancer through a routine colonoscopy. After 2 separate negative biopsies, surgery was performed in to remove the mass that was blocking his bowel. The surgeon gave us the horrible news that the tumor was cancerous - Stage 4 and in the lymph nodes - T4/N2/M0 stage. He had simultaneous radiation and chemo for 6 weeks, had 3 weeks off, and then had a cocktail of 5FU and other drugs intravenously thru a port for the next 6 months. Two years later, he has had 2 clean scans. I must say that he (I) changed his entire diet. We juice carrots, celery, and whatever fruits we may have on hand every Sunday. Funnel it into a large wine bottle; use a rubber cork and suction pump to eliminate the air so that he can drink fresh juice every morning. No more red meat, lots of cold water fish, reduced carbs, and lots of whole grain foods. So far, we've beat the odds. Three years to go!!!

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Published: May 30

My colon cancer was diagnosed during a colonoscopy. My tumor was in the descending Colon and had penetrated the wall of the colon. I had a CT scan before the scope, which did not show the tumor.

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Comment from: Under 50, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 18

My husband's colon cancer was discovered from a colonoscopy. He went to donate blood at a blood donor clinic and was told his iron level was severely low and to see his doctor immediately. Previous to that, he was experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue. He thought it was stress related because he had been so busy in the past year.

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Comment from: 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 06

I took my 66 year old Dad for a colonoscopy this morning, he had been feeling tired a lot; they did a cat scan and found a mass on his liver. They suggested a colonoscopy. This morning the doctor told me my Dad has a mass on his colon which spread to his liver. He is having surgery this week to remove this mass. After reading all your comments, I'm realizing that the doctor never told me anything about a "stage". Another comment makes me think more positive. The same thing happened and after surgery, the chemo helped to shrink the mass on the liver too. I hope my Dad has the same experience. I am scared.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I went to my GP for a check-up. Was found to be anemic, fecal occult blood test was positive for all 3 days. H. pylori was positive, barium swallow suggested something. Well, after being treated for a possible bleeding ulcer, I was still anemic and the FOBT was still positive. Finally I got scooped more than a year later, both ends. (Surgeon was surprised I was not referred to him earlier: anemia and positive FOBT are colon cancer warning signs). A cancerous tumor was found in the ascending colon, no spread to lymph nodes, so Stage II.

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