Stage 2 Colon Cancer Survivor Describes His Treatment
I was 43 years old when I was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. After receiving a telephone call from my GI doctor, he told me that he had good news for me that it did not appear that the tumor had spread into my liver. I asked him plain and simple what where my chances, he told me he thought they were great, but we needed to set up a time to see a colon surgeon because I needed to have this thing removed from my colon, but a week later, I met with my doctor, Dr.
Ian Lavery from the Cleveland Clinic and he told me that he needed to go in and basically remove a 1.5 inch tumor from my colon. We set the surgery up for about three days later and three days later, I was in the operating room having my stomach open, my tumor taken out. I was in the hospital for about six days. Once I left the hospital, the doctors scheduled me to come back a week later to have staples removed and speak about aftercare. I went to see Dr.
Lavery, he had told me that the type of tumor that I had, stage 2, it did not invade in any of my lymph nodes, that he recommended the oncotype DX test, did not recommend any chemotherapy or any radiation. I told him I never heard of the oncotype DX test and he basically said it was just a test to determine the likelihood of recurrence and he felt that this would be my best option. I had the oncotype DX test done which was very simple. I sat, answered some questions and he sent out my tumor, my results, my lab results to a lab, and fortunately for me, it came back with less than 10% chance of recurrence.
That was actually great news for me because I knew that chemotherapy, radiation would not be an option. After results came back, it just gave me a, I guess an ease of relief knowing that the tumor was not an aggressive tumor that I would not have to go through any further tests, any further treatments, I would just have to make sure that I stayed up with my doctor every three months having my blood tests, my physicals and maintaining my health. So for me, it was a peace of mind. The oncotype DX gave me peace of mind that knowing my tumor was likelihood of 10% chance of recurring, does not say won't reoccur, you know, will never come back, but it was low and that is the direction and the path that I took just to monitor it with blood work and to maintain my family visit to my doctor. For an interactive tool to learn more about your colon cancer and your personalized treatment options, go to MyColonCancerCoach.org.
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