When the Cancer Comes Back

Rob started having digestive troubles at 28 and went from a colonoscopy to a diagnosis of colon cancer. He made his way through radiation, chemotherapy and an invasive surgery all before the age of 30 and lived the next 22 years cancer free.

However, at 50 the cancer came back. This time the tumour was attached to his sacrum and deemed inoperable. Rob was given three to five years to live. With two amazing children, their spouses, two loving grandchildren and a beautiful wife the diagnosis was beyond devastating. “I’m not scared of dying, but I worry about the people that I would be forced to leave behind” Rob said.

Unsatisfied with the prognosis from his local surgeon Rob sought out a second opinion and was referred to The Princess Margaret where he qualified for an innovative immunotherapy trial under the care of Dr. Abdul Razak.

Rob began driving two hours every three weeks from London, Ontario for treatment and so far, his tumour has shrunk by more than 45%. He says as long as it helps, he will continue to get in the car. Rob and his doctors are hoping that one day soon the tumour will break free and be able to be removed but for now the immunotherapy drug trial keeps things at bay while he continues to have regular CT scans and MRI’s.

Rob is 53 now and forever thankful to everyone who supports the life saving research being done at The Princess Margaret for giving him more time. He urges everyone to make appointments, know your family history and says “if you’re over 50, please book a colonoscopy. The prep is worse than the procedure, but chemotherapy is worse than both.”