Colon Cancer Patient Stories

  • Richard Bellis

    Richard Bellis

    Colon Cancer with Metastasis to the Liver

    In the fall of 1999 a routine colonoscopy detected polyps on Richard Bellis' colon followed by a biopsy of the polyps. The result? Richard had colon cancer.

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  • James Slade

    James Slade

    Jim Slade wants the world to understand the importance of cancer screenings, especially for prostate and colon cancers. The underlying reason for his concern is that both screenings may have saved his life.

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  • Albert Anderson

    Albert Anderson

    Colon Cancer

    In 2013, following a colonoscopy, Albert Anderson was told that polyps were discovered - one of which was larger than normal and this drew concern. He told his doctor that he noticed some blood in his stool and was informed by the gastroenterologist that the polyps were removed except for the one that raised the concern. After his third colonoscopy, Albert’s doctor explained an increased risk of damaging the colon as they tried to pare down the polyp. His doctor recommended a follow-up test six months later.

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  • Ray Beckler

    Ray Beckler

    In the summer of 1974, at the young age of 19, Ray Beckler developed severe hemorrhoids. His family doctor took one look and sent him to a surgeon. Four years post surgery Ray's symptoms remained.

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  • Beth Brendlinger

    Beth Brendlinger

    Metastatic Colon Cancer In November 1999, Beth Brendlinger, 52, followed doctor's orders and had her first colonoscopy. Beth learned she had a villous adenoma in situ (a precancerous lesion) which was surgically removed. Follow-up visits proved she was fine, so Beth went on with life as usual. Eight years later, in 2007, routine blood work revealed Beth's alkaline phosphatase (a liver enzyme) level was high. Through further testing, Beth learned she had a mass on the right lobe of her liver. Ironically, she had no symptoms and felt completely fine. A biopsy confirmed Beth's cancer originated in her colon and spread to her liver. Read more »
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