Screened with Cologuard: Colorectal cancer survivor
Brenda is a fighter.
As a breast cancer survivor, she already knew the importance of focusing on her health and staying on top of regular checkups. Between frequent trips with her husband in their camper, Brenda made time at home to visit her trusted nurse practitioner, Mary.
During a routine checkup, Mary encouraged Brenda to get screened for colorectal cancer—Brenda was 57, and she was overdue for screening.
Mary discussed options available to Brenda, who was at average risk. Of the colorectal cancer screening options appropriate for Brenda,
Brenda chose Cologuard—taking the test at her home in Savannah, Georgia, before hitting the road for her next trip.
“I knew [Mary] was really nervous when she called me and said, ‘It’s positive, and we need to hurry up,’” Brenda said. A diagnostic colonoscopy following Brenda’s positive Cologuard result revealed Stage I colorectal cancer, and she was booked for surgery to remove the tumor. Brenda never thought it would happen to her, and she knew her husband was scared, having lost his own father due to colorectal cancer complications.
Following surgery, Brenda did not need any additional treatment. She was back to her routine within a few weeks and was ready to hit the road once again with her husband.