Anita Mitchell was 41 when she was first diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, after she learned of her family history and immediately got a colonoscopy, which helped downsize the disease to resectable state. She had colon surgery and started on chemotherapy right away. When she was diagnosed, the statistics said she had an 8% chance to live 5 years and she just passed seven years since diagnosis in early February.
Anita, who was treated at UW Hospital and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, feels lucky that the chemo has worked well and that a partial liver resection and radio frequency ablation have helped her succeed. She has learned throughout the process how important it is to be an your own advocate, to educate yourself and get a second opinion, if needed, and to “pick a doctor who you trust and believes in you in this journey”. Her outlook now is simple: “No one has a crystal ball … remember, colon cancer is Preventable, Treatable, Beatable! So get checked!”