Kathy Buseman

First post: Jun 16, 2017 Latest post: Feb 15, 2021
I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in May of 2016. I had surgery to remove the tumor, along with my sigmoid colon, which is where the tumor was. Surgery was followed by six months of chemo. Six months after chemo was done, it was time for a CT scan to make sure the chemo worked and killed all the cancer. I received a phone call just hours after I’d had the scan that the results showed a large tumor on my right ovary and that I was being referred to Iowa City. I ended up having extensive surgery in June of ‘17, to remove the tumor, which had grown to the size of a MELON, along with a total hysterectomy and many biopsies taken through out my abdomen. The final report was that the tumor on my ovary was matestatic colon cancer-meaning the colon cancer had grown and spread to my ovary which made it Stage 4 colon cancer. I recovered quite quickly from that big surgery and continued being monitored closely every three months in Iowa City. But 20 months later, February ‘19, a CT scan showed yet another growth, this time it was on the outside of my colon. I had exploratory surgery where they were going to remove the tumor but the doctors were unable to get the tumor out. I was then referred to another specialist in Iowa City, the seventh one I’ve seen there, who ordered an MRI and PET scan, those came back showing the tumor is growing into my muscle. Next plan of attack was staying in Iowa City Monday thru Friday getting radiation treatments and taking six chemo pills a day. CT showed the tumor has shrunk but is still in my muscle. Next stop is surgery scheduled for August 20th

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