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Starr’s Story (Duodenal Cancer)

Starr's Colon Cancer Story In April of 2013 I was diagnosed with a rare form of colon cancer (in the duodenal cavity) with mets on liver (stage 4). Only about 1200 people have had it and I was one.

I was told by my oncologist that I wouldn’t see remission with this form of cancer because it is so rare and that only 40% respond to treatment, so little is known about it.
Not only did my body respond to treatment but made the tumors into lesions that could be surgically removed. A task that was unable to be done in the beginning because the main one sat on an artery.
After seven months of aggressive chemo, I had surgery December 6, 2013.

On January 13, 2014 I was told by my oncologist that I am in full remission, cancer free, and won’t even have to have maintenance chemo like they expected. I will only have to go for check ups every six months. This was the hardest fight of my life but I couldn’t have done it without my faith in God and having his strength in all this to help me. The doctors aren’t always right, but Gods word never fails us.

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!!!

Starr
Illinois
Submitted 01/17/2014

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

5 comments

  1. Omg Starr. How are you today! I have the same cancer and was told no remission too. I am in remission. Would love to talk to you

    • Hello Karen G.

      My mom has deudenal cancer and I wanted to do a support group type discussion. She is stage 4. Can we chat sometime?

  2. I am stage IV Jejunal cancer with mets to ovaries, omentum and lymph nodes, as of March 2017. So far I havent talked to or met with anyone with this form of cancer and would like to,,,depressed.

    • Hi Cindy just seeing this… I would love to talk to you . I was diagnosed in July of 2015 stage 4 too. I have not had whipple as I have artery involved but have survived with alternating treatment and western treatments. It has not been an easy ride but I’m still here 3.5 yrs later almost!

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