CCRP is a key player in the development and implementation of cutting edge clinical trials as well as innovative treatment protocols that offer patients an entirely new spectrum of options and REAL hope for extending and saving lives. Cancers that were previously a certain death sentence upon diagnosis are now treatable and even survivable. CCRP partners with hospitals, community clinics and physicians through-out Colorado as well as in Wyoming, so that patients have local access in their own communities to cutting edge cancer treatment. In 2017, CCRP anticipates to have more than 70 trials open, with nearly 300 individuals taking part and another 1,500 followed for their health status post treatment.
From My Point of View
by Kathy Trujillo
"Cancer Has Reminded Me
to be Thankful..."
In February of 2016 I felt like I was on top of the world! I had just won second place in a national fitness contest, was accepted into graduate school, and was working towards an eventual career change with my employer. My daughter was doing well in high school, my parents were doing well, and that lump in my breast didn’t fit the criteria for cancer, per the internet. It was probably just a clogged duct, but my doctor told me to go ahead with my annual mammogram to check it for sure. The mammogram led to an ultrasound, which wasn’t my first.
Next, was the biopsy, and then I started getting scared. My parents were spending the winter with me, graduate classes were demanding, and my daughter was only a junior in high school, so I couldn’t have cancer (never mind that my dad’s mother and oldest sister died of breast cancer, and my dad currently has Stage IV prostate cancer).
The biopsy came back and the results indicated that it was breast cancer, Grade I (slow moving) and the tumor looked small. I met with three specialists shortly afterward: an oncologist, a radiologist and a surgeon. They all thought I should be good with a lumpectomy and radiation, but they recommended I get an MRI to be safe. Meanwhile my parents went back home to Wisconsin, so it was just my daughter and me left here (I was widowed in 2005).
The MRI came back that the cancer was more extensive than everyone initially thought, but the PET scan showed it hadn’t spread to anything more than my lymph nodes. With that new development, treatment changed from just surgery and radiation to surgery, radiation AND chemotherapy. Here I just spent the last several years trying to avoid putting poisons into my body and now I had to do chemo?!
Part of me wanted to pursue holistic treatment and skip the chemo. If it weren’t for my daughter, I would have gone that route. Instead I decided to fight this cancer with every fiber of my being because I did not want to leave her an orphan. I met with a naturopathic doctor, started Reiki, continued with acupuncture, and also continued to meet with my treatment team at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center. Chemo wasn’t that bad, and I credit the other treatment modalities to making it through – bald but still feisty!
CCRP makes me grateful for all those people who battled cancer before my father and me. Their willingness to take part in research studies has helped with treatment to keep my dad alive (17 years), and will hopefully help me to be the first one in my family to beat breast cancer. Some people say cancer is a gift; I say give me jewelry. . .
Cancer has reminded me to be thankful for everyone around me, all the love I have experienced, and all the blessings God has given me – including being in remission!
Kathy works at Pinnacol Assurance, is a valued member of CCRP’s Community Engagement Committee and the proud mom of Selena, who is now a freshman in college.
The National Cancer Institute only partially supports the work of Colorado Cancer Research Program as a community oncology program. The additional support needed to advance cancer research comes from our generous community donors.
A gift to Colorado Cancer Research Program is a gift of HOPE:
- HOPE for cancer patients and their families.
- HOPE for future generations.
- HOPE for the fight against cancer.
Please consider making a donation of HOPE towards cancer research to treat, control, and prevent the dreaded disease of cancer, and to make a difference in the lives of those affected. All donations are tax deductible.
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