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Formosa

Formosa
Bio: I am blogging on behalf of my mother, who has battled cancer for the last 6 years. It began in the colon in 2006, and then in 2008 spread to a lymph gland, then in 2010 to her spine. She has undergone various forms of chemotherapy almost every single year, and undergone traditional radiotherapy to treat the tumour on the spine,…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: adenocarcinoma of colon, retroperitonium mestatsis, spine metastasis
Colon and Rectal Cancer Symptoms: Colon cancer: bowel discomfort and bloatedness for some weeks, sudden sharp pain at one point. Smaller/thinner stool, darker in colour. Spinal cancer: compression of the tumour on the nerve causing great soreness and pain on arms and hand. Section C7 reflects the left hand, while section T2 reflects more or less the right hand. The soreness and pains can get…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: The most recent surgery involves the removal of section C7 of the spinal column, which had been eaten away by the tumour. An artificial titanium support was installed. For three weeks, my mother was hospitalised and could not walk for several days. With rehab, she began to walk and can do basic things on her own, but her health has…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: My mum went through a number of drugs to treat the cancer which kept on returning almost every single year from 2008-2011: Avasatin, Xeloda, Folfox, Folfiri, Erbitux. The side-effects are almost always similar: nausea, tiredness, vomiting, loss of appetite, mouth and throat sores. The first day after chemo she never manages to sleep well.

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