• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Aggressive treatment turns tide in fighting colon cancer

June 4, 2017

It's been almost four years since Taylor Overby began her tenacious battle with metastatic colon cancer when she was just 21 years old. Despite treatment, the cancer kept coming back.

After trying other options, Taylor and her Mayo Clinic care team decided to try an aggressive and complex surgery called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, or HIPEC. Since that surgery, the Jacksonville, Florida, native is looking forward to a brighter future.

A shocking diagnosis

In December 2013, Taylor, then a senior at Florida State University in Tallahassee, began experiencing continuous stomach pain and vomiting. A CT scan at a local hospital revealed a tumor in her colon. Looking back, Taylor says she'd had abdominal cramping and constipation on and off for six months. But the diagnosis of colon cancer was a shock.

Because her bowel was so obstructed, Taylor underwent a procedure in which surgeons removed the right side of her colon, along with the tumor and several lymph nodes. Doctors told Taylor she would need chemotherapy to make sure the cancer was gone.

"I went home back to Jacksonville," Taylor says. "The plan was to go to Mayo Clinic for chemo because of its reputation." Read the rest of Taylor's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.