Tagged: #stage III

13
Mar
2017

I was feeling fine, but there was quite a bit of blood appearing in my stool - I just put it down to haemorrhoids.

My partner kept telling me to see the doctor, but of course, I did the male thing and ignored her pleas.

After experiencing a bowel motion consisting only of blood, I finally went to the GP.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
13
Mar
2017
It was September when I visited my GP. I was experiencing a low mood and significant fatigue. A blood test showed my iron to be at a count of 6 so I was promptly booked in for an iron infusion.

My iron deficiency was attributed to me being a woman (menstruation), a mother (having lost blood during delivery and breastfeeding) and a vegetarian (19 years without ever having low iron).

With inconsistent blood results and an iron level which dropped again after the infusion proved none of these to be the cause of my issues.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
20
Feb
2017
After a positive result from the National Bowel Cancer screening test, my GP gave me a referral to get a colonoscopy. This was about July 2011. The colonoscopy could not be completed as a tumour was blocking the scope from moving properly up the bowel. I was then sent for a scan (virtual colonoscopy) to find out more. This showed a large tumour. Then I went back to my GP with the results. He confirmed that I had bowel cancer then referred me to a specialist for surgery. This was in August 2011. After seeing the sugeon and getting CT scans, I was booked in for surgery at the beginning of September. I had 30 cm of my bowel and the lymph nodes in the area removed. Post-operative testing confirmed bowel cancer, that it had spread to a number of the lymph nodes and was classed as Stage 111C. I was then referred to a specialist for chemo treatment. It took about 5 weeks to recover from the surgery, get a porta-cath put in and be ready for the chemo treatment. This was planned to be 12 treatments lasting 3 days every 2 weeks. The Chemo started in late October 2011.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
21
Sep
2016
Prior to my diagnosis, I was an elite athlete within touch football (refereeing) having represented Australia numerous times since 2010, the most recent international tournament in April 2016. I was ranked No: 1 in QLD, No: 2 in Australia and third in the world.

I first went to my GP in late 2014 for treatment for haemorrhoids and was referred to a specialist. I revisited my specialist in early 2016 as my younger brother had had appendicitis in late 2014 and during that procedure a tumour on his large intestine was discovered. He underwent surgery to have it removed but it was recommended his brothers get checked.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
23
Aug
2016
A new study has shown survival rates among bowel cancer patients contradict the usual pattern of cancer staging categories.
 
According to researchers a 'survival paradox' exists in bowel cancer resulting in patients with higher stage disease having better survival rates than those diagnosed with lower stage disease.
 
Staging is the process of finding out how much cancer is in a person’s body and where it’s located. That information helps the doctor determine the stage of a person’s cancer. For most types of cancer, doctors use staging information to help plan treatment.
 
While each person’s situation is different, cancers with the same stage tend to have similar outlooks and are frequently treated the same way.
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