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Jena Sica

Patient/Survivor Stage III Colon Cancer New Jersey
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I was diagnosed with stage IIIc colon cancer in 2020 at the age of 25 after a colonoscopy I had due to rectal bleeding.

In 2021 it became stage IV.

I am now 29 and still getting treatment.

My symptoms prior to diagnosis were rectal bleeding or blood in stool and fatigue.

I have had biomarker testing, and treatments have included chemotherapy, targeted therapy/immunotherapy, and surgery.

Side effects include neuropathy, skin rashes (skin toxicity, chemo rash), and increased anxiety, stress, or mental health issues/illness.

Something members of Congress need to know about the needs of patients with colorectal cancer is we need all the emotional and financial support we can get.

My advice for someone who might be afraid to seek medical advice or colorectal cancer screening is to listen to your body and go get checked if you feel like something isn’t right.

You are not alone and you have the strength to fight!

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