March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Dress in Blue on March 5th to spread awareness of colorectal cancer. Click here for more details!

The Dark, Long and Winding Road…Dominic Loccisano’s Story

I would like to thank Colorectal Cancer Canada (CCC) for their ongoing help in my journey. I am not sure where I would be today without them. I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in December 2006. I had surgery to remove the tumour along with radiation and six months of chemo. In 2012, I was diagnosed with a tumour the size of a lemon in my liver. Not surprisingly, I was disappointed and scared not knowing what this prognosis would mean to me, my wife, and my children. I called CCC and was instantly greeted with their enthusiasm, knowledge and confidence. They have been in my corner ever since. They have been my guiding light and are always there for me when I call for information, clarification, and assistance. The contacts, information meetings, and referrals they have provided throughout this long journey have been so helpful and are the reason for me being here today with my family.

I had a liver resection performed by a great liver surgeon, Dr. Calvin Law, at Sunnybrook in 2012 which was a success in eradicating the liver metastases to this day. Unfortunately, in 2016 I was diagnosed with a metastatic tumour in my pelvic bone which had penetrated my bone via a lymph node. Most recently, I had a tumour diagnosed in my spine at the 4th and 5th vertebrae. I had emergency surgery where a spinal cord decompression was performed, followed by 5 rounds of radiation. Since 2012, Dr. Yoo-Joung Ko at Sunnybrook, my chemo doctor, has been following up with CT scans every three months. I thank him for his kindness and continued support. Dr. William Chu and Dr. Sten Myrehaug have performed the radiation and deserve my gratitude for their kindness, help, and continued support. I continue to be monitored with CT scans with the hope that this cancer can be contained, and I pray for eradication. The hope and support come first and foremost from family, CCC, and the great doctors that have treated me and those who continue to monitor me throughout this journey. CCC has made this all possible for me. It has been and continues to be a long and winding road but with the constant and unwavering support of CCC, I face each day with courage and confidence, knowing I have them by my side.

If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, I urge you to contact CCC. It will be the best decision you make – you will never feel alone or lost when going down that dark, long and winding road.

Dominic Loccisano

Caregiver Story: Bunnie Schwartz

When I was 35 years old my sister was 45. She was diagnosed with stage 4 c [...]


Patient Story: Dan

My name is Dan Dry Dock Shockley, 60 years of age, retired U.S. Navy, Oper [...]


Patient Story: Pierre

Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Pierre, who was diagno [...]


Patient Story: Meagan

I was diagnosed at 29. I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter and my tod [...]


Patient Story: Stephen

My name is Stephen. Thank you for allowing me to tell you my story. Up [...]


Patient Story: Don McQuaig

The day will be etched in my memory forever. On February 28, 2006 afte [...]


Patient Story: Henry Klumak

In early December 2016, Klumak was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic colo [...]


Cancer Recurrence amid COVID-19: Robin’s Story

It was the day of the lockdown. My family doctor called. “The colorectal c [...]


Aneta’s Story

I am grateful. I am grateful for the storm and I am grateful for all the m [...]


My Cancer Story: Annette Reilly

My story begins when I was 30 years old. I had started directing theatre a [...]


A PASSION FOR CARE – by Robert Hamilton

The colonoscopy room seemed small when filled with bizarre equipment. My [...]


Gemma’s Story

My name is Gemma (Filipino-Canadian). I have colorectal cancer, stage 3B [...]


Kathy Torunski’s Story

I recently had the distinct pleasure of attending the Brice Tiamuh Blue R [...]



It was the summer of 2009 and I was only 21 years old...My mother, who was [...]


Paul Smeltzer

When I was 49 years old, I conducted the FIT (fecal) test as instructed by [...]


Mary Devera

I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at a young age – 36 years old and 8 [...]


A Wife’s Worst Fear Realized – Gilda’s Story

Hi, my name is Gilda. Our story starts out like many others who are diagno [...]