Thanks to everyone for the kind, encouraging comments.
For those who would like to see my signature, here is an abridged version. It doesn't contain everything, but it covers most of the essentials:
2012 - Colonoscopy: DX, Rectal Cancer: very large, invasive, obstructing tumor found; colonoscope was unable to proceed past the blockage; impossible to examine the rest of the colon. Colonoscopy biopsy: Adenocarcinoma, moderately differentiated.
2012 - Initial bloodwork and scans: CEA normal; initial scans, ultrasounds and xrays showed no lymph node involvement and no distant (liver or lung) involvement.
2012 - LAR + ileostomy surgery (long, extensive open surgery, 8 hours in operating room, followed by one day in the ICU)
2012 - Pathology report: T4bN0M0. Mid- and upper rectum removed; recto-sigmoid junction removed; part of sigmoid colon removed, and parts of several adjacent organs also removed due to T4b tumor invasion. Altogether, two different tumors removed, one in upper rectum and another one in lower sigmoid colon. No genomic or genetic testing ever done.
2012 - Five weeks of post-surgery, adjuvant chemo-radiation beginning one month after surgery.
2013 - Four months of XELOX adjuvant chemotherapy commencing 5 weeks after completion of the adjuvant chemo-radiation regimen above (Xeloda + Oxaliplatin via peripheral IV to vein in hand).
2013 - Ileostomy reversal surgery performed 5 weeks after completion of XELOX regimen.
2013 - Discovered Colon Club in June and registered under screen name of "O Stoma Mia "
2013 - Started five-year surveillance period that required quarterly bloodwork and annual CT scans.
2018 - Completed five-year surveillance period. All quarterly CEA measurements over five years turned out normal and less than 1.5 ng/ml. None of the annual CT scans or PET/CT scans showed any evidence of a recurrence.
2019 - Discharged by oncologist. No more quarterly bloodwork; no more annual CT scans. Any scans and bloodwork required in the future to be ordered by family doctor.
2020 - My 19-year old orange tabby cat died of old age. He had been my constant companion throughout all my months of treatment and recovery.
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