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Jacob (J.J.) Singleton

Patients & Survivors Stage IV Colon Cancer North Carolina

In 2015, J.J. was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer when he was just 27 years old. He had been ignoring the symptoms until his parents made him go to the doctor. Within a week he was in surgery to have 80% of his colon removed and started chemo treatment right away.

He thought the hardest part was over until he started to experience symptoms again. The cancer had come back and was not responding to the same treatment as his initial diagnosis. He was approved for a clinical trial for pembrolizumab (Keytruda); he was grateful that it worked for him.

“I’ve been close to death and worked through anger and depression, but now I want to use my journey to help other people. Messages I get from patients or caregivers who say my podcast episode or social media post helped them with their issues, or understand this cancer craziness, keep me going.”

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