Facing Colon Cancer In the Time of Covid

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Nadiuska Terrero thought her biggest medical hurdle was behind her after a kidney transplant in 2010. A decade later, in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, she again found herself facing an uphill challenge – stage I colon cancer.

As part of routine bloodwork in the wake of her transplant, Nadiuska’s doctors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

discovered an abnormality that led to her eventual diagnosis this past April. Her planned surgery had to be delayed through May, but after a successful procedure, her care team – led by Dr. P. Ravi Kiran, Division of Colorectal Surgery chief and program director – determined Nadiuska was healthy enough to bypass both chemotherapy and radiation.

“I trusted in God and in my doctors,” said Nadiuska. “Their care was simply amazing. I never had to worry, and that’s made all the difference.”

In light of the novel coronavirus, Nadiuska’s follow-up regimen has included frequent virtual consultations with Dr. Kiran and periodic in-person visits with medical oncologist Dr. Rachael Safyan – a true multidisciplinary effort to get this mother of two back to her family right on time for her big day: a very happy and healthy 45th birthday—a celebration of life on the road to recovery.

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