After experiencing months of unusual symptoms like blood in his stool, 21-year-old Kyle Branch of Hillsboro came home from college in March and realized he needed to go to a doctor to get it checked out.
His doctor recommended a colonoscopy. Branch went into the test thinking he might have colitis. He instead learned the doctor found a large tumor inside his colon with possible spots on his liver and lymph nodes. He was told he had stage 3 colorectal cancer.
After the diagnosis, everything began to move quickly, Branch said. With the tumor too large to remove surgically, he had a port installed for chemotherapy and began his cancer treatment.
Now, after five rounds of chemotherapy, Branch’s doctors