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I'm Cancer-free

What made you decide to have a colonoscopy?

My doctor had been after me for a few years to have a colonoscopy. I put it off. I was over 50, but felt fine and didn’t have any symptoms that pointed to a problem. When the routine test showed I had rectal cancer, I was glad I'd finally taken the doctor’s advice and RCH was able to catch it early.

How was the test?

Preparing for the test (and the test itself) was simple compared to the six-month journey I took from there. Thankfully, they caught my cancer while it was still localized. I'm not sure what would have happened if I'd continued to put it off. My story and fight with cancer may not have had such a positive outcome.

What made you decide to go to Rochelle Community Hospital?

Going to Rochelle Community Hospital was an easy choice. My wife has been a nurse at RCH for 20 years, and I know the type of continuing education they put their staff and doctors through. I knew I could confidently go there for my care. 

What happened after you tested positive for cancer?

After the colonoscopy, I met with surgeon Dr. Michael Monfils at Rochelle Community Hospital and had several more tests to determine the extent of the cancer. He recommended I schedule an appointment with Dr. Mete Korkmaz, an oncologist from OSF in Rockford who comes to RCH once a week.

How did RCH and OSF work together for your treatment?

I was really impressed with how well RCH and OSF work together. After they found the cancer and I met with Drs. Monfils and Korkmaz, things moved along pretty quickly from there. I started my first 30 days of chemo and radiation and was able to do many of the treatments over my lunch hour in Rockford.

How was your experience with Dr. Monfils and the staff at RCH?

Dr. Monfils and the staff at RCH went above and beyond. When it came time for surgery, Dr. Monfils explained EVERYTHING I needed to know, including what I could expect and possible outcomes. During my five-day recovery at the hospital, the staff was helpful in answering all my questions. I could tell they really cared about me and how I was doing. If I pushed my call button, someone was there immediately. And my pain level was always well controlled. Should you ever find yourself in a similar situation, you can’t go wrong with RCH.