“There’s a stigma about colonoscopies,” explains Mike Dyson, with wife Maria. "And there shouldn’t be." After the 45 year old began experiencing stomach cramping, stool changes, and frequent urges to go to the bathroom, a colonoscopy revealed a mass. Mike was diagnosed with Stage 3 rectal cancer.
Although colonoscopies typically start at 50, screenings may need to come sooner for those with symptoms or a family history. Mike began chemotherapy and radiation therapy to shrink the mass before undergoing surgery. Oncologist Dr. Jaqueline Oxenberg then removed Mike’s tumor and affected lymph nodes.
After six additional months of chemotherapy and a medication regime to lower the risk of recurrence, the Moscow resident is now cancer free. He’ll undergo yearly screenings and is thankful for the simple test that saves lives. “The worst part is the prep!” #GeisingerStories