Chrissy Quartuccio-Carran A Doc in Both Worlds

First post: Jun 18, 2022 Latest post: Feb 8, 2024
Hi! My name is Chrissy. I am a wife, mom, and Family Physician… and I have Stage 3 Rectal Cancer. The diagnosis came as quite a shock this past May 2022, as I have no family history and am only 38 years old. I began having symptoms a few months prior, which included blood in my stool and a narrowing of my stool. I had a colonoscopy on May 2nd (the Family Doc in me says don’t wait to get checked out and stay up-to-date on your cancer screenings!). On May 6, 2022, I was diagnosed with Rectal Adencarcinoma. May was a month full of more imaging studies and labs draws than I’ve had cumulative throughout my life. I jokingly say that I probably light up from space with all of the contrast and radiation I’ve had this past month. My treatment plan is broken down into these 3 phases:

1. Chemo and radiation for 6 weeks
2. Higher dose chemo (3 meds instead of just 1 from Phase 1) for 12-16 weeks
3. Possible surgery to resect any remaining tumor (fingers crossed, Phases 1 & 2 could potentially eliminate the tumor all together, but if not, the goal of chemo and radiation is to shrink the tumor down enough to resect it)

Oh and of course the 4th Phase and the one I am most excited for: REMISSION!

I started this Caring Bridge to keep those interested in my journey up-to-date on the latest happenings and also to encourage you, if you are having any new or unusual symptoms, to not wait and get yourself checked out sooner.

I have had many incredible blessing throughout this journey, including the most supportive group of family and friends, an absolutely amazing team of doctors and nurses, and the resiliency within myself to know that I’ve got this. In being both a doctor and a patient, it has been incredibly eye opening having one foot in both worlds. I know something bigger will come from this.

Please feel free to ask any questions along the way! Thanks for joining me on my journey. -Chrissy

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