10 Comments on Seven Years After Being Diagnosed With Colon Cancer, Elsie Garcia is in Full Remission and Thriving

  1. Lily Jew

    May 15th, 2015

    Elsie is a dear friend and I am excited about the excellent outcome from her colon cancer scare. I too am a breast cancer surviver of 20 years and I still see Dr. Bernstein-Singer to this day. I feel the same way as Elsie about the caring medical staff and treatment protocols

  2. Silva Nazerian

    May 15th, 2015

    I have been with kaiser over 30 years and have never received that test kit. Who gets them and how

    • Kaiser Permanente

      Jun 1st, 2015

      Hi Silva. Thanks for your question. If you’re over the age of 50, you should receive one in the mail. If not, or if you haven’t, you can ask your primary care physician for one.

      Here are our screening guidelines for colon cancer:
      – Have a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year, and/or a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years (with or without annual FIT); or a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at 50.
      – Screening may end at age 75 with routine history of screening.
      – Patients with no screening history should end at age 80.

  3. John Clsrk

    May 15th, 2015

    How doe one obtain a fecal immunochemical test kit?

    • Kaiser Permanente

      Jun 1st, 2015

      Hi John. You can ask your primary care physician for one.

      Here are our screening guidelines for colon cancer:
      – Have a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year, and/or a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years (with or without annual FIT); or a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at 50.
      – Screening may end at age 75 with routine history of screening.
      – Patients with no screening history should end at age 80.

  4. AdolpheBell

    May 15th, 2015

    This is great. It came at just the right time. IO have been diagnosed with colon cancer. I also have multiple myeloma.
    Thanks.

  5. laiman Xiang

    May 15th, 2015

    I had a colonoscopy and found a “pre-cancerous type of polyp last October. it was removed.
    I knew I must do colonoscopy in next 5 years, but in this case should I do some routine check such as FIT test to detect any small changes to become cancer? Thanks.
    Laiman Xiang

    • Kaiser Permanente

      Jun 1st, 2015

      Hi Laiman. Thanks for your question. Unfortunately we are not authorized to give medical advice on this blog. We’d recommend checking with your primary care physician. Thanks!

  6. Lenora Evans

    May 14th, 2015

    Congratulations Elsie. I too was diagnosed with colon Cancer 10 years ago by an excellent Gastroenterologist Dr. Buttlefield at Kaiser Falls Church VA Center. She was very kind and personal with me when explaining my condition. I was referred to a Surgeon at Springfield Clinic, Dr.Booth. She was courtesy and professional in walking me through my surgery. She visited me in the hospital and kept up with me for a year after the surgery, I was placed in care of Dr Hussein, Kaiser Largo MD Center for my Chemo treatment. She had such a kind voice and personality that made my treatment easier. I am now ten years into remission and feeling great. I thank God for the professional staff at Kaiser Permanente. And I personally feel after talking with friends that the care that I get with Kaiser Permanente is second to none and the best insurance available.

  7. Julie Wegner

    Mar 25th, 2015

    As a busy Mom with two boys, I am lucky to work in a shower. One morning in September, I felt a lump high on my chest and immediately scheduled an appointment on my Kaiser App with my OBGYN. He was out so I saw another Dr., they felt it too and within two business days I was with a surgeon in Richmond location. I was current on my imaging, but more pictures were taken before a biopsy. Nothing appeared abnormal in the new images, nor the biopsy, but there was question a if enough of the tumor was collected. We decided to surgically remove the tumor and that is when cancer was found. Kaiser Permanente was ahead of me in scheduling timely appointments, educating me on options, limiting information to my diagnosis and showing extraodinary compassion and care. Six months later, I am back at work so grateful for my treatment. I am healthier today physicaly and emotionally as as result of enrolling in Mindfullness Class, Tai Chi, Diet, excercise and sharing with my social workers and fellow patients. Kaiser is my hero!


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