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Comment from: Thankful, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I was having an extreme amount of fatigue, acid reflux, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness; my ankles and feet were swollen for a couple of days so I was scared it was something to do with my heart so I called my Internist to see if I could get a physical. He at first was going to have me try Prilosec for the acid reflux but he made a comment that I looked anemic so he decided to do a physical. I had an EKG that same day then I came back the next day and had blood drawn, a pulmonary test and chest x-rays. He called me the next day and said that my hemoglobin was down to 5.5, I was dangerously anemic and that it could be life threatening if I didn't get to the hospital right away. I went to the ER and they ended up checking me in. I was given 5 units of blood and was scheduled for an Endoscopy and Colonoscopy the next morning. When I woke up expecting to hear bleeding ulcer, they told me I had colon cancer. I had a mass 2.5" long x 3" wide and there were several of my lymph nodes affected. They also did a CAT scan where they detected a cyst and an undefined mass on my liver along with a cyst which they originally thought was on my ovary but ended up it was on my tubes. I just had the surgery last Friday; they removed 1/4 of my colon and the cyst that was on my tubes (it was benign). The mass and cyst on my liver were both benign. I received my path rpt this week and there were 32 negative lymph nodes. I will be seeing the surgeon on Monday and he will refer me on to an Oncologist to determine if I need chemo. I am 51 years old and this was my 1st colonoscopy; I always swore I would never have one because of the prep. I am just so thankful that I went in when I did. Listen to your body; if something doesn't feel "right" and you don't feel like yourself; go to your doctor just to be safe. I don't know if I would even had went in still this week if my co-worker hadn't put little scare into me.

Comment from: Athena, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I am a 63 year old female, recently diagnosed with colon cancer after submitting a fecal sample. What alerted me that something was wrong is an extreme craving for sugar, weight gain and pencil thin stools. I developed a 'belly' when all my life my abdomen was flat. Years prior I noticed blood in my stool, but my physician told me not to worry and it probably was from my hemorrhoids. I am scheduled for my first colonoscopy. I am dreading the results.

Comment from: Posie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

My first sign was stomach aches after eating and drinking, blood in stools, and nausea at all times and weight loss. I felt as if I needed to have a bowel movement most times.

Comment from: Sharon, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I am a 61-year-old female who was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 60. I had 12 inches of my colon removed and several lymph nodes also. Eight lymph nodes came back showing cancer so I started chemo treatments for six months every two weeks. I had a total of 12 treatments. I am now finished with chemo and now do blood work every three months and CT scans every six months. My symptoms were some red blood in the stools, pencil-like stools, constipation and then diarrhea. I was also extremely tired all the time.

Comment from: vicente, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

I am a 74-year-old male. I had absolutely no symptoms or warnings that I had cancer. In May 2009 I suddenly felt like I had diarrhea but it was all blood and I went to the ER. I bled profusely through the rectum for an hour or so until they got it stopped. The doctor did a colonoscopy and found a stage II cancer. He did a resection and removed 18 inches of my colon. In the past two years and eight months, I have had two additional colonoscopies and two CT scans, plus blood tests. So far, no recurrence. I had polyps removed in 1990 and was supposed to get a colonoscopy every five years but stopped after the first one came out negative. I should have continued with the regular colonoscopies. I could have saved myself a ton of grief.

Comment from: Ohio, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

Prior to my diagnosis with colon cancer, I suffered weight loss and being tired all the time. After seeing a doctor, found out I was anemic, and started taking iron pills. Within a month of various tests, had to go into the hospital for blood transfusion, where the cancer was detected.

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