My Mom’s Plan for Surviving Colon Cancer and Peripheral Neuropathy: Walking, Planting Flowers, Knitting a Pink, Fuzzy Scarf
Amy Rettig tells her mother’s story of surviving colon cancer.
Cancer ScreeningColorectal Cancer
Have you been screened for colorectal cancer? As a patient with cancer or a cancer survivor, you need to pay attention to your regular cancer screenings, because getting a second cancer is a possibility. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be.
By Rebecca Gondak, MS, CCC-SLPRebecca Gondak, MS, CCC-SLP, Matthew LeBlanc, RN, BSN, OCNRebecca Gondak, MS, CCC-SLP, Matthew LeBlanc, RN, BSN, OCN, Earl Shellner
In 2013, Earl Shellner was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. What followed was a year of aggressive treatment that included surgical removal of his colon, large intestine, rectum, and anus. He began his first round of chemotherapy, followed by 25 sessions of radiation and, finally, his last round of chemotherapy.
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum. Colorectal cancer can also be referred to separately as colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where it starts. Colon cancer and rectal cancer have many features in common.
Colorectal CancerPatient Stories
Singer and songwriter Melissa Marshall was 51 when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in September 2013. After a lengthy battle Melissa was cured, and began a crusade of inspiration and education.
Colorectal CancerCONQUER CamHero of HopePatient Stories
When Melissa Marshall went in for a hip surgery, which she attributed to her being a performer and her age, she discovered she had rectal cancer. Currently in remission and cancer-free, Melissa has launched the No You Cant’cer Foundation and written a song with the same title about her cancer journey.
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