Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Lois who lived in Ewen, Michigan. When she grew up, she went in for her recommended Colonoscopies (hint, hint.....have you been in for yours lately?!). October, 2016, she went to her OB-Gyn, Dr. Halloin for her annual exam. Her blood count was low, so he recommended she go in for another colonoscopy, even though she was beyond the age of needing one again, since her last one was 3 years ago. So when they returned from Florida for Christmas, she had her colonoscopy on 12/14 with Dr. C (he has a really long name that she can't remember!) at Aurora. He discovered a mass on the right side of her colon and some enlarged lymph nodes near it, so recommended a CT scan. She had the scan on 12/15 of her lower abdomen where they discovered it was colon cancer. She had to go back on 12/16 for an additional CT scan of her upper abdomen since they forgot to do that the day before.
She got a call from Aurora's cancer department immediately and they had her scheduled for Doctor appointments with her Oncologist (Dr. Gautam) and Surgeon (Dr. Johnson) on 12/20. During those appointments, she met with both doctors to determine the next step and set up a plan for surgery and chemo. Because of the enlarged lymph nodes, she was listed as a Stage 3 colon cancer (4 Stages total), and was recommended automatic 12 weeks chemo therapy. Her chemo therapy will consist of 6 months going once every 2 weeks. She will have a port installed in Green Bay and then will be able to travel back to Florida for her treatments. Her appointments will be approximately 3 hours and then she'll be free to leave the oncology office with a pump attached distributing medicine an additional 3-4 hours. Side effects should be minimal.
The first available date for surgery was 12/30 at 1:15pm with Dr. Johnson.