My name is Franca Christodoulou, and this is my story.
At age 49 my husband Chris was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer that had metastasized to his liver. As you can imagine, this came as a complete shock to us and changed our world forever. Our focus was to do everything possible to provide my husband the best treatment options so that he would be around for our precious family, as we have 3 young children; but we felt lost, confused and helpless as we did not know where to turn to for guidance.
I was made aware of CCRAN from a doctor I was accidently referred to and it changed our lives. I decided to call the number and spoke with Filomena and as soon as I spoke with her I indeed knew that I had called “the right place”. She was passionate, caring and a wealth of knowledge. She encouraged us to attend monthly colorectal cancer information and support group meetings. We started to attend these meetings and they have provided us with a wealth of information, support and friendship.
Filomena reviewed my husband’s case and made us aware of new options available to us. She was influential in connecting us to the right doctors and my husband underwent surgery at Sunnybrook in August 2017 to insert a Hepatic Arterial Infusion pump for the treatment of his disease. CCRAN was instrumental in helping to make this treatment available in Canada through a clinical study at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. We feel truly blessed to have CCRAN take on the fight to provide patients with the best treatment options available and their tireless efforts to bring new treatment options to patients who might not otherwise have access. CCRAN provides guidance to all members who attend these monthly meetings and go above and beyond to help support all of us regardless of disease stage or where they are in their journey. I strongly recommend any patient who is diagnosed with colorectal cancer contact CCRAN. It could change your life.