What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
found a small lump 2 weeks after I stopped breastfeeding, thought it was a clogged duct, went through 2 rounds of antibiotics and when they didn't work, I was referred to the Breast Center in my area.
My history started with a routine mammogram March 3, 2010. Showing presence of abnormal calcifications. I underwent stereotactic biopsy of these calcifications showing presense of high-grade DCIS. Subsequently, I have undergone bilateral mastectomy with left breast being prophylactic on March 30, 2010 with immediate reconstruction. The pathology and the mastectomy showed at 1.5-mm, invasive, component, grade 3. Invasive carsinoma in the setting of DCIS. ER/PR+ at 90 and 90% respectively. HER-2/neu is 3+ I am BRCA1 and BRCA2 negative for this mutation. Removed 5 lymph nodes, they were all negative.
None. Absolutely nothing. I work a 60 hour work week and thought fatigue was inherent to the job.
lump self discovered
I found a lump in my breast. It was hard and big
I found a small lump in my left breast. Four mammograms, an ultrasound and a biopsy later, I was diagnosed with IDC.
I found a lump in my left breast while putting on my bra that snaps in the front. I don't think I would of found this if it wasn't for the placement of it being so close to the edge of my breast and close to the snap. I also would feel a tingling sensation in the area every now and then, sometimes it would itch a little.
Found by Mammogram. Left Breast this time.
Felt a lump in my breast that hadn't been there before.
Lump that grew very fast. Very tired.
None just found the lump on August 14, 2008
had some aches and pains in lower back.
Lump in breast.
Pain in both breast
I found a lump myself one month after having my mammogram done.
recurrence of breast cancer now mets sm. tumor in liver
NO signs or symptoms, no lumps, risk factors or family history. Found on routine mammogram
I feel pain in my right breast and checking myself I found a lump
none,i found the lump myself
ACHES IN MUSCLES AND JOINTS, MOUTH & GUM SORES, DRY SKIN, HAIR LOSS
I found a pea size lump around Thanksgiving of 2007. No symptoms at all.
Found a lump while showering that I could no longer deny on 10.16.10. Mammo on 10.25.10 indicated I needed biopsy. Core-needle biopsy at The Rose on 11.16.10, diagnosed 11.18.10. First appointment at MD Anderson 12.21.10. Only symptom of cancer other than the lump was fatigue I couldn't shake.
Fatigue, Bone and Muscle Spasms, Abdominal pain, Black outs,. and severe night
What Prostate Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
difficulty standing, walking, etc.
Elevated PSA and palpable digital rectal exam
cant pee, blood clots,bone pain
Hard to really explain there were changes in sex, things didn't work like it should. And one day we were driving and I had a sharp pain in the area or the prostate. Can't think of anything else.
little or none prior to diagnosis
Gleason score 9. Cancer already outside prostate so elected radiation over surgery.
Trouble passing urine.
Gleason score 5; PSA 8
Rising PSA Blood in Urine
Pain, Urinary Retention, Blood Clots Bleeding, Anemia. Constipation, did I say blood clots.
none other than test results PSA 7.5 Digital exam small nodule
Hardly any - sore hip I attributed to physical activity
tender and sensitive to touch sound taste EVERYTHING highten sensors ,headaches, sleepy, general something cant be right feeling. hasnt been diagnosed. Hasnt skipped a single relative either. Recently been told to get several biopsies
psa-1.2--jumped to 5.2 in 4 months--prostate exam & bladder scan -hidden then found-44%-robotic surgery--caught and removed--no spreading-still under the 5 yr.curse--every 6 months doc visits
Urine stream weak. Not emptying fully.
What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
clubbing of the finger nails, joint pain
pneumonia symptoms, lung pain, coughing and fatigue
Coughing up heavy mucus, headaches, nausea, panic attacks, sever chest pain.
None. Normal mamogram in Dec. 07, then MRI one month later found breast lesion and lung cancer.
I had a vague, dull ache in my chest in the area of my heart. lots of heart tests, nothing found. A routine chest x-ray found the tumor on my lung. After surgery, the ache was gone but doctos are skeptical.
headaces, loss of appited. coughing
My boyfriend thought his shoulder pain was due to pulling some muscles. After a couple of months of it getting worse...he thought ...oh my Lord...I bet I have a torn rotor-cuff. We only wish it was so... He went from those thoughts to the doctors finding a tumor on shoulder..(no problem, odds are that it is benign)...to hearing lung cancer with metastisis to shoulder and large bones... and 12-18 months??? I started logging this "journey" from MY perspective. The thoughts, feeling and poetry from someone who loves someone...who has cancer.
Lymph is raised
Swelling of cervical lymph nodes, pain
My left thigh was giving me pain for months
coughing blood, very hard to breathe while working at physically intensive job
Pain. The metastasis is skull, spine, ribs, liver, lung and lymph nodes in chest and pelvis, liver, pelvis, hip. Half of my tongue is paralyzed due to c-spine involvement so talking, chewing, swallowing are difficult.
I had suffered from right side pain in my rib area when I coughed or sneezed for about 3 years until my cancer was finally diagnosed. We looked at EVERYTHING else, but no one would have thought I could have lung cancer.
Shortness of breath, cough, wheezing. All this was attributed to asthma.
I had no initial symptoms except for chronic coughing.
Persistent pneumonia for two plus months. No chest x-ray until end of second month. Pretty terrible...screening needs to change ASAP!
None! Cancer was found while investigating for a gall stone surgery, by xray, CT scan and MRI
Shortness of breath and coughing up blood.
Shortness of breath, cough, back pain.
shortness of breath, light pains just below her shoulder, some nausea and loss of appetite, gas
Tired, shortness of breath, cough
Sickly for several years, always feeling out of sorts, never wanting to do anything or go anywhere (a little rough on the social life); stomach problems, body aches, infections, fevers, headaches, seriously quick failing eyesight & night blindness (this happened during the six weeks of fever)...ALWAYS sick (ALWAYS whiney)...went through the wringer with many a (mis)diagnosis: influenza bugs, mercury poisoning, allergies, fibromyalgia, blood poisoning, diverticulitis, depression, ulcerative colitis, dysentery, psychosomatic disorders, osteopenia, hypercalcemia, hyperparathyroidism, age, on and on...you start to wonder yourself...not that all diagnoses were incorrect but...missed A LOT of work, at one point a six-week stint with a constant high fever. I was taking so many different antidepressants, antibiotics and other medications, I was beginning to wonder why I still felt so bad when I could barely feel at all... My third general physician sent me for my annual chest x-ray as I was a smoker. A small spot was found on my right upper lung. Referred to a pulmonologist, a CT scan was performed revealing a 1.6cm nodule with stellate margins. A Pet scan was performed revealing several areas of concern in both lungs. The pulmonologist recommended surgery and referred me to a surgeon.
Temporary blindness to left eye
Hard to swallow,low fevers
What Bladder Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Bleeding in your urin, blood clots in your urin
None really. Just had to pee a lot and often but it was never painful just annoying.
My husband had blood in his urine. No pain at all No pain for the kidney cancer either.
Micro blood in urine
I began passing blood in my urine. That'll scare the daylights outta ya.
Visible bright red blood in urine. No pain at first.
What Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Couldn't sleep laying down or lift anything without turning red. Swollen and fatigued. No energy. Then found lump on my chest that grew rather fast.
Polyp Mass started growing out of nose, lumps on body.
Pain in right pelvic bone. Nerve pain radiating down butt and outside of right leg
Swollen inguinal lymph node
A really bad smokers cough (when I don't smoke), night sweats, tiredness and loss of appetite.
fever, sweating, articular pain
I started feeling shortness of breath in August 2010. My doctor prescribed antibiotics (for suspected bronchitis). When that didn't work, the doctor ordered a chest xray which revealed a right hilar mass. A CT showed multiple other tumors including a large mediastinal mass.
Discomfort, pressure and pain in chest, numb left shoulder. Went to ER for heart attack symptoms.
Has anyone ever seen a lymphoma tumor this big (approximate size 8x12 inches). Location is under the left arm- inflammation of the lymph nodes (type- Cutaneous B-cell lymphoma) Patient is a woman in her seventies- no other health issues.-. Patient is now undergoing a CHOP serious- initial treatment started 3 weeks ago- second treatment schedule Monday. After one treatment tumor has become softer with a possible tiny adjustment in size. Patient feels good- hair is just begun to fall out. Seeking anyone with knowledge of tumor reaction, patient reaction, what to expect, hospitals, and Doctors, would be greatly appreciated. Link to view photo- http://www.flickr.com/photos/54882532@N03/5085828301/
Sore throat, feeling of something in my throat.
My lower back started to swell and it hurt excrutiatingly bad just to get out of bed much less do anything else. I thought it was a slipped disk or pulled muscle because all I do is work out 2 hous a day, every day. Who looks for cancer is a 21 year old?
Nausea, chills, fever, sweats, depression, infection, tooo many
Coughing, pain in abdomen, fever and chills
None that I knew of before diagnosis. About a week before my hernia surgery I thought maybe I was coming down with a cold. My left ear and nostril were plugging up, at first nothing a yawn / blow wouldn't clear up...then...I started taking sudafed to clear it up...and it kind of felt like when I would blow...I couldn't get it out...and if I tried to sniff, I couldn't get it up...pretty frustrating...ALL of this cleared up with the first treatment.
Lump discovered right side of neck, above clavicle bone
none of the classic symptoms. Lungs were congested and went to the doctor when I had difficulty breathing.
A small swollen gland under my chin, ear infection, and sinus infection.
night sweats, trouble swallowing, shallow breathing, difficulty breathing, severe pinching in back due to the tumor pushing on my lung
not many mainly fatigue and itchy
distinsion of the stomach, swelling of the feet.
Fatigue, Loss of Hair, Neuropathy, Neausea, Low White Blood Count
Fatigue, swelling, depression, and so much more.
Extreme lower back pain with diffuse large b cell. No symptoms with follicular :)
left nostril and ear were clogged
What Melanomas of the Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
went in for a checkup, was referred for a specialist, had it removed no issues. Went in again after picking at a spot that I didnt know was a mole and it bled. Went in to have it removed and the rest is history- and the beginning of my journey began. Have since had over 20 spots removed
Itching, Bleeding, Red flat or raised areas
mosquito looking bump that appeared out of nowhere and then a black dot appeared in the corner 4 months later
Found a rather large mole on upper right shoulder when I was in high school. Kept an eye on it. It kept getting larger….began as dime size changed into almost half dollar size within 8 years and had developed 3 darker dots on the inside of the mole towards the middle. Also raised a bit higher off the skin. (((BTW --->>> I finally joined blog4acure this past month after being a regular reader since 2009 when my mother-in-law was diagnosed with cervical cancer/stage4.) )) Also >>>>My 'new' account has been disabled???? I hadnt been able to access it since I set it up! So if your wondering where I was...hmmmm...... I finally decided to create a new blog page since no body would respond via email to me @ the address I had registered at. I hopefully can get someone to delete it! I will keep this one!
No symptoms, and no primary found on skin or otherwise. A solitary pulmonary nodule was found via unrelated CT scan of my chest. Monitoring revealed that the nodule grew from 6.6mm to 1.1cm within 4 months, so surgery was opted. It was the surgical pathology which revealed the cancer, and later the full pathology as melanoma.
I found a lump under my right arm and after many tests, the final result was melanoma.
Just a discoloration on my upper arm; had been there for years, but had developed a black quadrant, and had a "buzzy" feeling on occasion. One caregiver had told me it was "nothing", years ago. When I started this new doctor, he said "let's take a look at it", and sure enough, it was the dreaded melanoma.
Really did not have any - went to see dermatologist for something completely different and was told he did not like a mole I had - biopsy done - call came in - went back for full removal of mole and surrounding area - very very lucky . . .
pretty much A symptomatic
Mole, grew fast, had it removed.
Adnormal mole removed 1/1000 of a millimeter before glands had to be removed
No skin symptoms. Swollen Lymph Node was noticed - upon removal, and biopsy, Stage IV Melanoma was diagnosed.
Assymetry of Mole on Back
Found a rather large mole on upper right shoulder when I was in high school. Kept an eye on it. It kept getting larger....began as dime size changed into almost half dollar size within 8 years and had developed 3 darker dots on the inside of the mole towards the middle. Also raised a bit higher off the skin.
What Kidney Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Memory Loss, Lower Back Pain, Night Sweats, Fatigue, Confusion, Water Retention, Bloating, Toxicity Weight Gain - RCC Discovered during ultrasound for doctors theory of me having PCOS - due to my symptoms. CT Scan confirmed suspected RCC and 4 nodes on left lower lobe of lung.
Blood in urine Dec 2010, night sweats. Thought night sweats were due to peri-menopause, go figure.
Nothing yet, tumor is small. Found it while looking for gall stones due to unusual blood-work results. Thank goodness my doctor took the abnormal blood results seriously enough to recommend an ultrasound = early detection.
My husband has lost 45 pounds in about 2 months. The tumors in his liver are consuming all the calories he takes in. He is extremely fatigued and often is nasuated.
Blood in urine, nausea (November 2007) Pain in abdomen (recurrence, February 2011)
None. Found incidentally.
Lost a lot of weight, abdominal pain, swelling and cramping of the legs, fatigue and a feeling of tiredness and blood in the urine
Blood in urine, pain, spasms
Shortness of breath.....seriously that was it!
Blood in urine and flank pain
tumor found while performing MRI for possible spinal stenosis from a prior injury.
none--tumor found while having an ultrasound for something else.
Blood in urine, flank pain and tiredness
None. My cancer was found during a CT scan to make sure I didn't have an abcess from cellulitis in my navel/abdomen
Got lucky developed multiple kidney stones. Accelerated symptoms that usually do not materialize until later stages. Blood in urine and pain.
Large tumor discovered during ultrasound for stomach issues. Not eating, feeling full and/or vomiting. Tumor was pushing on my stomach.
Tenderness in the upper left side, night sweats
Fatigue, Weightloss, Nausea, Loss of appetite
none, Cancer was found after I had my gall blader removed.
Blood in urine and left hip pain
fatigue, difficulty breathing, loss of hair, bleeding in my mouth
fatigue, night sweats, feeling cold during day, sharp pain in back
blood in my urine
Abdominal pain, back pain, nausea, fatigue
None. Was diagnosed incidentally on MRI for unrelated issues.
What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
lose of hair, tiredness loss of patience lucky me i dont actually get sick from chemo but there is no end in sight for treatment as they dont have anyone actually beating this type of cancer so they want to keep me on treatment for as long as my body handles it but i think my mind is going to give out first lol
weight loss, acid reflux, back pain, itching all over, unable to hold down food
abdominal pain, loss of apettite, changes in skin color, dry skin
Gastrointestinal issues, cramping, blood & oil in stool, fatigue, excessive weight gain, side and back pain, & jaundice.
Initially, back pain in December 2011, test done, Doctor said it was just arthritis. Severe pain started in his side and stomach and he had weight loss 6 weeks before he was diagnosed. Oncologist said that the back pain back in December 2011 was probably when the cancer started.
Numbness on left side slight back pain
Pain in my side...thought is was post-surgery complication. But it wasn't.
She was having nausea and bowel troubles for about 12 weeks. When she went in to her md to report her symptoms they decided that she most likely had caught hep a from a new restaurant she had tried. But then she turned yellow. She went back to her md and he took blood and sent it to be tested. when the results came back the doctor called her back in to hear the news in person. He put his arm around my mom and told her she has pancreatic cancer.
gastrointestinal problems, cramping etc
Weight loss masked by a diet my father was on at the time of diagnoses.
Extreme weight loss, stomach reflux, heart palpitations, itchy skin, jaundice
abdominal pain when eating solid foods
Pain in side, jaundice
My mom started with Jaundice.
Diahrra (spelled wrong) Jaundice(Twice) Loss Weight, Alot of Pain. In the beginning we didn't have insurance and no one wanted to help. We are middle class. So he got stent put in went back to work, waited for open enrollment got insurance, and then Jaundice again he in for surgery the Whipple, but cancer is wrap a around the portal vein and taking over the whole pancrea, the doctors couldn't get any of it out, but they did bypass to help him digest his food better,
Unable to eat or drink. Abdominal pain.
my daughter had diarrhea and weight loss...glad we all told her to go to the doctors for a check up when she did
Jaundice, cramp pain on left side, vomiting
Pain after eating. Thought he had an ulcer or Gallstones
Jaundice was my only symptom.
Stomach/back pain, weight loss, fatigue
pain in middle of ribcage...change in weight (loss of), stool change...tired
back pains, unable to use the restroom, unable to sleep.
Discomfort just under rib cage, especially after eating. Symptoms came on suddenly--received stage 4 diagnosis one week after onset of symptoms.
What Oral Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Sore teeth, and had a weird feeling on the roof of my mouth -- as if I burned it on some hot food.
Chronic inflammation of tongue area - lateral left side - pain. 1.4x2.4 cm tumor.
sore gums, lump in gum
Initially, trouble swallowing and pain just below the ribcage ... gradually getting worse.
Flu like symptons, scaly right palm, diarreha, severe pain in my upper jaw.
None known by me
Lump on the left side of neck
Sores in my mouth that would not heal. I told my GP Dr three years ago I thought I have cancer and he laughed at me. Said it was hepries or gingivitus. I took his dumb treatments until my teeth strted moving around in my mouth and turn black. Went to a dentist who I owe so much money to now but he sent me to my ENT. Biopsy came back possitive
Hard lymph node on left side of neck
Constant sore throat drugs wouldn't touch, sore neck, ear ache and finally a lump behind my tongue.
palpable lymph nodes
Painless fixated enlarged node in my neck. This cancer is insidious. I had no intra oral issues or discomfort all the way to stage 4 even though that was the location of my primary.
Lump on right side of neck, no pain or irregularities involved
What Ovarian Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Abdominal pain, bloating.
Not sure if there were any. I did notice a small bump on my lower front abdomen. Also felt pressure on my bladder and occassional pain in my belly prior to bowel movements.
ovarian cyst, abnormal periods, bloating weight gain ,pelvic pain, swollen abdomen
Pain in the Abdomen. NO SWELLING, NO ASCITES... very unusual symptoms
too long to list but when i woke up the 1st time it looked like I had puff daddys legs then i fell asleep again and when i awoke it looked like i was 24 mos pregnant with a set of baby dinosaur triplets talk about scary!
Weight Gain, aches and pains in my stomach, and feeling full all the time.
Horrible abdominal pains... "full" feeling after a few bites of food... "pregnant" belly... headaches...
Didn't have any. That is why ovarian cancer is called the silent killer.
Nauseous, severe pain in my liver like someone was stabbing me over & over again. Pain in my shoulder that radiated up through my veins in my neck, like someone was blowing my veins up with air. Pain was so bad it was extremely hard to breath, sleep, sit down or lay down. Very lethargic.
weight gain, increased abdomen, abdominal pain, ascites
bloating, fatigue, abdominal pain
In retrospect, I was bloated, but I thought it was just about having 2 kids in the previous three years.
Abdominal pain, increase in abdominal size, difficult eating feeling full quickly, urinating more frequent.
Severe pain in abdomen, heavy menstrual, nausea
I found a lump in my neck above my collarbone, and I had been having shortness of breath when speaking and exercising. Also tightness of upper chest when exercising.
frequent urination, constipation fullness
My symptoms where very tired and abdominal bloating and sharp pain in my ovaries. Also some frequent heartburn.
All of those "whispers" that OVCA is noted for...digestive problems, bloating, upset stomach, FATIGUE, and a radiating shoulder pain (that was a tumor on my diaphgram muscle).
Bloating and nagging abdominal ache
Severe pain in lower abdomen, swollen and hardened stomach
Severe abdominal pain, bloating (3 litres of ascites removed from abdomen in early Jan., 2006), severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms masked OVCA symptoms
right shoulder pain
Bloating; digestive problems; enlarged belly; irregular periods.
I had bloating, weight gain and I was tired a lot.
What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
None! Tumor found during a routine pediatric check-up.
none. neck was evaluated for unrelated symptoms.
None, my noudle was found by accident.
Sudden appearance of large lump in my neck is what started it all.
weight gain,tired,high blood pressure.anxity, a lot of Dr. apt but thyroid came back ok,then sore throat,swelling in neck,hoarse voice.
painless swollen neck lymph nodes, loss of appetite with 10 pound wt loss in 6 months
None! I actually went in to see my NP about something on my foot, I complained about having had a fever so she checked my glands and found a concerning lump on the left side of my neck. In hindsight though, I think it probably caused my dizziness and migraines all this time, I just never knew.
Small sore throat, cough and raspy voice.
fatigue, sweats and vapors, edema, pain
Chest pain and back pain from my gallbladder. Cancer was an "incidental" finding.
Didn't even know where thyroid was until ENT doctor told me my thyroid was enlarged and boy was it. 2 large nodules. They were not cancerous though. Weird.
Intermittent hoarseness and difficulty swallowing (thought I had a cold). Grape-sized lump left side of neck.
None! A completely accidental finding on an MRI for an unrelated issue.
i had never felt better in my life. i hardly ever got sick and i really just felt great. i went in to my primary doctor about a lump above my collor bone and he noticed the nodule on my thyroid. the lump over my collar bone was a 4cm cancerous lymph node
None other than lump on neck
I didn't recognize them as indicating cancer: some trouble swallowing, turtlenecks bothered me, a little hoarseness.
First a nodule, then really fatigue, sore thoart, some sharp ear pain, and horse voice, and constantly clearing my throat.
lump on left side of neck
Enlarged Thyroid with nodules throughout it.
Fatigue, cough, hoarseness, transient difficulty swallowing, sore throat, nausea, change in bowel habits
None initially., but a month prior to surgery I felt like food, pills, etc. were lodged in my throat and would take a good hour plus for my throat to feel normal
Severe anxiety, extreme fatigue, inability to sleep, palpitations, feeling extremely cold and nervousness.
Semi-large noticeable lump on the right side of neck
swollen neck, fatigue
What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating.
nausea, weight loss, insomnia, vomiting, chronic back pain
I haven't had any symptoms yet...that I know of
Flu like In February, back pain. Most symptoms are now from chemo treatments.
extreme stomach pain
Weight loss, no appetite, severe pain, anemia, fear, sadness, no physical energy
colon cancer 1989 (surgery and full recovery) bowel cancer 2006 (surgery and full recovery) stomach cancer 2006 (total gastrectomy and full recovery)
Nausea,vomiting,abdominal and chest pain, major weight loss ,and bone pain.
Swollen abdomen, persistent nausea
Light headed, weak, low energy, dark stools, low blood count.
Anemia,lost 67lbs,pain in stomach,black stools,feels full all the time
What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Headaches, suddenly forgetting where they are, simple math calculations are hard, dragging of the left foot and inability to turn to the left
Hearing damage, little to no balance, extreme exhaustion, and loss of hair.
Headache, Lack of Appetite, Weakness, Poor Balance, Migraine, Dehydration, Constipation
My Mom has had several symptoms from both radiation and chemo. She did not lose her hair entirely, but it's very thin. She's always exhausted, her appetite has gone down greatly, nothing tastes good. Her sense of smell is hightened, her balance is off. She's always forgetting things we just told her, she cannot seem to keep her attention on anything.
Headached Nausia Dizzyness ect. UK
6mths prior to dx - headaches, overly tired 4mths prior- severe migranes, exhausted, sleeping alot, dizziness day of dx - dizzy, seizure while driving our car driving to work, totalled it, CT scan showed a mass, MRI showed tumor
right side of my body is numb
Severe headaches, dizziness, fainting spells, constant nausea.. general unwell feeling.
Seizure, Vomiting, Full Body Pain, Double Vision
Constant Headache for a few weeks, Blurry vision
Tingling in his left ear.
Had 1 Seizure. MRI found BT, after surgery put on 1000mg of Keppra daily for cheap insurance.
Throbbing headeache that started in March and got much worse.
Numbness on right side of body
Mom-horrible personality changes, weak, unstable gait, headaches Dad-nausea, headaches, early dementia onset
occassional headaches, ringing in left ear
Major seizure led to discover and diagnosis, no other symptoms otherwise.
loss of word finding, flat affect, fatigue
Progressive neurological failure of fine motor coordination in left hand. Headaches. Dizzyness. Slurred speech.
Speech, memory loss, sleeps a lot...
Lost 40lbs, constant vomiting,major headaches, seizures.
had a fit
What Multiple Myeloma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
bone pain, fatigue
bone pain ,tired all the time immune system a little low ,platelets low 109
Trouble walking for almost 2 years, because of hip and back pain. Feeling constantly tired (anemia). Also a general feeling of having flu like symptoms. According to x-rays my bones have many leasions, they are weak like having osteoporosis.
tired, tired, tired
Severe back pain, fractures in 4 discs, hypercalcemia, anemia
Spinal cord compression
2008 back pain, found to be compression fractures. I had a mri xrays and the back doctor sent me home Sept of 2009 saying there was nothing more he could do for me. The pain was so bad I spent alot of time laying on the sofa and Feb of 2010 was hospitalized with pneumonia. After ten days in the hospital and every test imaginable,I was sent home to come back ten days later for a bone marrow biopsy. I started treatment of Mar 1 of 2010,
None, and I am cancer free.
back pain, lethargy
Weakness, fatigue, chemo brained, achiness nausea
Pain in the Sacrum-numbness in the buttx and anal area and hip pain-pain a various levels 24-7
Fatigue,dry skin, constipation, occassional hip pain only at night. Never had any other bone pain.
fatigue, aching joints
What Colon and Rectal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Bloody stool then total constipation
No initial symptoms.
Blood in stool (in previous years) Irregular movements, nausea, and loss of appetite (all not present until 3 months prior to diagnosis)
1)Suddenly feel acute constipation. 2)Narrowing the stool like rectangle (Tape) shape. 3)Smell in Stool & Fart like Putrid Sewer 4)Some time slightly blood found in the stool. 5)Feel sensation that bowl is not empty after going the toilet. 6)Mucus, Pus type, something like onion skin / net found in the stool. 7)Pain in Piles & Anus 8)Continuous feeling that I need to have bowl which does not resolve after passing stool. 9)Heaviness in abdomen. 10)Weakness, Fatigue & Tenderness 11)Loss of weight from 75 kgs to 60 kgs in 2 months 12)Feeling dryness in throat needs drinking water at all times. 13)Slightly pain in back. 14)Loss of appetite. 15)Too many embezzles in the day.
Consitpaption than abdominal pain in December 2011,
Blood in stool, then indentation in stool. They call it ribboning. I had no other symptoms or signs.
IBS for 4 years
I didn't have any symptoms, no bleeding, pain, nothing. I just happen to catch an Oprah episode and Dr. Oz's poop discussion and recognized the "bad poop" symptoms and followed up with my primary doctor.
None when diagnosed. Blood in stool twice in a years time, thought it was hemmoroids
Blood in stools, lower pain on left side
Ascites, stomach cramps and changes in bowels.
weight loss,bowel changes
Really bad sciatic nerve pain, swollen tummy, swollen ankles, swollen body actually.
Only symptom was some crackling when exhaling when I layed down to sleep.
Diagnosed FAP, untreated.
50 pound weight loss in 30 days.
Lower abdomnal pressure and pain when having bowels movements, diarreh/hard bowels movements at the same time. Began drinking nutritional drinks for food.
Sever constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, loss of weight (20% total body weight)
alternating bouts of constipation & diarrhea
small change in bowel movements
pressure & discomfort in rectal area, thought my uterous had prolapsed!!! lower back pain while driving. no blood, no pain. *ulcerative colitis throughout teenage years * Treatment plan - 25 weeks radiation 2 Weeks chemo - FU5 and mitomycin, weeks 1 and 5 of treatments mitomycin IV, FU5 9 hour portable 'baby bottle' pump Aug 11/10 - Chemo PICC line inserted Chemo/Radiation starts Monday, August 16th ;-(
Constipation, irregular BM
What Liver Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
pain in back and stomach, stomach distended, nausea, internal timeclock completely off whack,
weakness, shortness of breath, pain in right shoulder, bloating
Had one night with a pain in my left side, was hard to breath and sleep but pain went away in a couple days. I had it checked out the next day as I was in the process of changing docors anyways. Then the bomb was dropped on me!
Tierdness, constantly cold.
Very tired and then started having pain in my right shoulder and neck Then the pain began in my upper chest ares, Alomst thought I was having a heart attact
Pain under right rib cage and in back. Thought it was my gallbladder only. I was trying to hold on until I got a job with benefits. Pain got to be to much. Finaly went to a clinic. That LNP told me it was indigestion, I knew it wasnt but went home with a perscription for tagament. Several weeks latter went back, she this time said it was acid reflux. Two days latter called and insisted that she send me for an ultrasound. Went and watched as the technician face turned white and she excused herself in search of a radiologist.
Can't eat, violent coughing, chills and shakes, weight gain, pretty much feeling like crap all the time
Extreme back pain, weight loss, tired
Swollen belly, feels hard Vomiting Pain
Felt a bump under my left rib
Fatigue, and a little bit of pain on right side below ribcage and lower back
MADDY STOMACH WAS HARD AND EVENTUALLY WE WERE ABLE TO FEEL A BUMP
Acute pain in right side initally.
i will tell you
What Cervical Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Pap came back abnormal after my daughter was born
I had spotting at first, which I ignored, until bleeding was heavier, especially during sex, I also started gaining weight..when I was always little. I always thought you lose weight when sick, the weight didnt start falling off until chemo came into the picture
heavy bleeding during and after intercourse
My original diagnosis was in September of 2008. My only real symptom was light vagianl bleeding after intercourse, thankfully I never missed a yearly exam.
None. I had a normal pap smear up until Feb 2009. It came back abnormal, but I did not find out until May.
Bleeding and constant discharge. cramping pain in pelvic area with discomfort down the front of left thigh
vaginal bleeding after sex, a period that didn't stop in March
None initially-she has cramps she thought were part of Perimenopause
spotting between periods and after intercourse, very heavy periods with massive cramping, but always had that so didn't think anything of it
I had bleeding during sex, and spotting, which was not normal because I had an IUD. I also had some pain and a milky discharge. I realize something was wrong when I had to wear a pad everyday because of the discharge.
Pain, fatigue. The pain is not always there, but lately it has been more constant. Sometimes it's mild, sometimes it's just plain throbbing pain. Another reason not to have cancer added in my life's favorite to-do-things list =P
Presented with post coital bleeding and was very tired all the time. Those were the only symptoms the first time. Diagnosed stage 1b1. With recurrence had slight menstrual-like pain in lower left abdomen off and on. No bleeding second time. Mass found at regular check up.
Abnormal bleeding/ spotting, bleeding after sex, excessive amount of discharge
Worst thing was the exhaustion and not knowing I had cancer again. Some post-coital bleeding and sexual pain. Abnormal paps/cervical dysplasia since 2006.
None. I had a normal PAP in February 2008 and an abnormal one in February 2009. Thats when everything began...
abnormal bleeding between periods (bled for 3 days following pelvic exam), some pelvic pain. I instinctively knew something was wrong
Bleeding after sex and a watery discharge.My periods became constant, however I had absolutely NO pain.....thought it was menopause.Imagine that......
Heavy menstrual bleeding, lower back and abdominal pain.
Heavy bleeding and clotting between periods, pelvic pain, leg pain, abnormal pap
Irregular bleeding after intercourse. Onset very quickly (so it seems). No other symptoms, no abnormal PAPs, tested negative for HPV in January 2008. It was not until my doctor could actually see and biopsy a mass that we knew there was a problem.
Cramping like you're on your period ALL month long. Pelvic pain like when you're pregnant after baby has dropped. Tampons discomforting so obviously not smooth sailing intercourse. Worn out easily, easily irritable, scared but determined.
bleeding during intercourse,some pain during urination
Fatigue, bleeding with sex and pelvic exams, body aching, pelvic pain, Cycle that won't go away,loss 10 pounds in one month,loss of appetite,depression, severe anemia, hypotension (low blood pressure)
Bleeding with a foul smell
What Larynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Sore throat, hoarseness, drainage - two months of antibiotics and steroids before the ENT discovered it.
Hoarse voice for over a year.
Small nodule below left ear with pain in ear
Dysphonia, plus on & off sore throat
lost my voice
Hoarse voice for 2 years
sore throat burning and ears hurting
What Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
abdominal pain, lower back pain, low blood counts, tiredness
Red spots on arms and legs, bruising easily and appearances in between fingers, slight fever, tired.
Low white blood cells
flu like symptoms and brusing on my legs and ear lob
Several small infections, chronic cough, loss of appetite, anemia
really tired lots of busing, back pain...found out when I went to the dentist to get my wisdom tooth out and it wouldn't stop bleeding afterwards.
Tired, Drained, wasn't eating and lost loads of weight, muscle aching, brusing...
infections, bleeding and bruising, extreme exhaustion
Joint pain, persistent low-grade fevers, frequent ear and skin infections.
bruising ,tiredness breathlessness
FATIGUE, bruising, nosebleeds, nausea, chest/rib/hip pain, petechiae. Misdiagnosed for about 3mos.
Fatigue, Joint pain and some petechiae (red blood dots).
Fatigue, sore throat, inflamed tonsils, recurring illness, flu-like symptoms. Very low WBC count.
viral throat infections, extreme fatigue, night sweats, the worst leg cramps in the world, swollen lymph nodes on my neck
Shortness of breath, sleepiness, low white count, low hemoglobin count, low platelet count, bruising.
tired, lethargic, flu-like symptoms, bruising, loss of appetite, dizziness and passing out
swollen lymph nodes lithargic drained
Probly the whole summer before my diagnosis i began to feel fatigued. sometimes id experience feeling like i had low blood sugar and would have to sit down suddenly because i felt so awful. as it progressed i just dragged and dragged. at the time i worked at taco bell and was told i was the best worker but by the time i quit i certainly had dropped out of that position. its not that i was lazy but i was just so exhausted and had to call off alot. finaly i just didnt feel good. it was a jewish holiday and i was supposed to go to the celebration that night but i stayed home instead. i called off work for two weeks and only got worse. it got so bad that i spent the entire day and night sleeping. i was barely eating or drinking. i remember once putting a grape in my mouth and falling asleep immediately after. LOl or the time my friend called me and i asked him to hold a sec. i blew my nose forgot he was on the phone and fell asleep. 20 min later i woke up and saw he was still on the phone. lol i finaly saw a dr and they told me i had strep throat. after taking anti biotics for 10 days and no change i went to the ER. i was dangerously dehydrated, anemic, and had huge lumps on my shins that was tender like a bruise and very feverish. Ill always remember that day cuz i went into that ER and never came back out. it felt like forever waiting on different test results. when the doctor finaly came in and told us i didnt really understand. in fact i didnt even know that leukemia was a cancer. treatments started so fast it all blacked out and i dont really remember any of it. but there was my symptoms.
Weakness, headaches, lack of appetite and thirst. Some confusion.
None really. Just some bruising and I was tired a lot.
Reoccurring kidney infection that wouldn't resolve with multiple rounds of antibiotics. Blood test revealed low WBCs, low platelets and low RBCs.
Tiredness, flu like symptoms, lack of appetite
Fatigue, bone pain, memory loss, and flu like symptoms
What Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Enlarged nodes on neck and chest.
tired, tired, tired....random bruises all over my body; cramps in my legs at night; horrible "whirring" sound in my head which I later found out was due to anemia...it's called pulsating tinnitus for anyone interested; irritable; craved sweets.
What Testicular Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Both of my men had an enlarged testicle. My husband had no tumor markers, but my son had raised tumor markers.
Testicular swelling, intense lower back pain.
Swollen testicle / lump
Small lump on my right testicle, only about the size of a grain of rice.
just the markers in my blood and a small lump on my left testicle.
dull, persistent testicular pain that was initially muted by ibuprofin.
Pain and discomfort
Pain in testiciles , swelling in testiciles and lumps/harding
After Hurricane Wilma, we had no a/c and in the heat and adjusting myself I felt a small lump/ridge on my left testicle. I ended up waiting 7 months before I went to the physician.
Swollen testis, back pain, swelling and pain in the left leg
Back pain, testicual soreness
Chronic lower back pain, indigestion and testicular swelling.
What GIST (Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors) Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
None. Completely out of the blue until the odd pain flared up.
What Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Blurred vision, tired, swollen spleen.
Low grade fevers, fatigue, extreme headaches, anemia, bone pain
I am tired, my bones hurt and I feel sick often
Fatigue, bone pain, hemmorage, nausea, diahrrea.
Bleeding from mouth,spleen enlorged,body week,wbc count 2,50,000
What Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
fatigue, bruising easily, swollen neck glands, cuts not healing easily, trouble sleeping, a crazy, vivid, and emotional dream that i had about my brother getting cancer.
Anemia, enlarged/distended spleen, low white count, weight loss, fatigue, constant bloody noses, occasional blood-vessel bursting rashes (especially along left/spleen side of torso and feet.
easy bruising,tiny red spots on skin,swellings and pain in my bones especially the rib area
Swollen lymphnodes on first diagnosis. Second and third diagnosis through routine PET Scans.
Runny nose and a high grade fever for about 10 days prior to first white cell count.
my sister was experiencing serious back pain to the point she was crying, and no appetite and she was nautious alot before she found out and started treatment
I had spots that looked like bruises on my skin and my left sinus was completely clogged. I had none of the traditional symptoms of leukemia. When I relapsed I was getting head rushes periodically throughout the day. A spinal tap confirmed blasts in my CSF.
Weight loss, heart palpitations, fatigue, night sweats, dizziness.
Headaches, fatigue, night sweats, nausea
Easily fatigued, night sweats, bone/joint pain, petichae (red spots on face/through-out body), weight-loss, loss of appetite.
bruising, fatigue, mono like symptoms
11 mm tumor in center of chest. Random bruises. Random nose bleeds.
Stomach Ache, Liver and Spleen Enlarged viewed in Scanning and wbc count increased upto 88000 in blood picturre
Bruising, weakness, bone pain.
When I was originally diagnosed I started out getting very weak and dizzy when I would stand for too long. I was also just exhausted all the time and would rather nap than do anything. Eventually I got strep throat and had to go see the Dr., so with all those symptoms combined he decided to run some blood work. Next thing I knew I had an appt. At the Oncology clinic across town at 8am the next morning.
high fever for months. pail skin, red rash on face and body, leg and back bone pain, tired, mood swings,
Petechiae, exhaustion, headaches, weight loss
I had a sharp pain in my back for over a year, which would go away if I took anti-inflammatory medication. In February this year, I had shortness of breath and my GP sent me for a chest xray.....where a large tumour was discovered in my chest.
What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Slight bleeding for about 5 months. Thought it was a hemorrhoid.
The usual; unusual bloating of my abdomen, skinny poops, a growth that I was told repeatedly was a hemorrhoid, a weird soreness in my lower back and eventually enough pain to make me pay attention.
None prior to abscess in Lymph-node.
thought I had a bleeding hemoroid, had a test through the government, told me I was fine, pushed for a colonoscopy, here I am now!
Hemmroid type symptoms, itching, mild bleeding
Massive blood discharge followed by smaller discharges, Diaheara, discomfort and a long ago battle with anal HPV
Weight loss, abdominal discomfort, dark stools, had what he thought was a hemoroid.
Noticed changes in bowel movements, it appeared maroon in color and occasional blood streaked throughout.
* Summer 2003: basic hemorrhoids * Dec 2008: colonoscopy clear but GP booked me to see 'roid specialist Jul 29/09 since they were growing (internally and externally) * Feb/Mar/09: increased bleeding, metallic smell; fecal leaking; itching, burning; pressure on anus * Requested first possible cancellation (earlier than Jul 29) with specialist
Intermittent rectal bleeding during bowel movement; No pain. The anal cancer had been misdiagnosed as an internal hemorroid during a routine colonoscopy 4 years prior to the current cancer diagnosis.
Itchy growth near anus and large condylomas
I had been experiencing problems for months and the doctor I was going to just basically blew me off. I told the doctor I was bleeding profusely, I was having pain, and I it felt like there was a mass in my ass! He performed a colonoscopy and he said everthing looked fine but I did have some non-bleeding internal hemorrhoids. I was not happy with the findings because I was bleeding and the pain was getting worse. He then had me swallow a camera and came to the same conclusion that I was fine. I called back and told them everything was not fine. The bleeding was getting worse and the pain was also increasing. They finally sent me to a colon rectal surgeon, who after five minutes of meeting me, did a digital exam and told me he was pretty sure I had anal cancer!
Blood in stool
Chronological order: Blood-tinged drainage for months, then heavy bleeding with BMs-which I "hoped", for months, would go away. A hard skin tag, change in stool appearance, increased difficulty defecating. PAIN!
Pain, pressure, bleeding, cramps, lower back pain, fatigue.
Blood in my stool twice approx 6 weeks before going to be checked out.
Rectal bleeding, pain, constipation, fatigue, nausea
Rectal bleeding, rectal pain, abdominal pain, irritation at site of growth, burning and itching at site of growth, aches and pains all over body, lymphoma or constant lymph swelling & Draining.
hemorrhoids, bleeding with bowel movements.
Thought it was hemorrhoids, started small and kept getting bigger, tried the herbal and otc stuff, still kept getting bigger, very little bleeding, pain as it got bigger. When i finally seen the doc (4/15/11) She said right off 'this not a hemroid'. She did a biopsy.
Rectal bleeding, black tar stool, and constipation.
no symptoms just a little blood on one day I was a bit constipated thought I had a hemmhoroid
What Pleura, Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Shortness of breath
What Bone Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Sharp very painful feeling in knee
Lump on bottom right jaw line
Aches in the knee and swelling
I had pain in my hip during my second sons pregnancy, it never went away and by the time I had time to think about myself I was pregnant again. I lost this one 14 weeks in. My doctor the whole time was telling me my son caused my sacrum to turn he could feel it no x rays nessasary! I believed him until finally I wanted to die so bad. But my babies who would love then as much as I do! I made it to a different clinic begged and cried to a PA. Of course he said. I laid on the xray table when I heard him swear and call me in. Half my hip was gone. A tumor the size of a football took its place. The tumor was what my doctor was feeling not my sacrum. Thats when my whirl wind began.
pain in leg.swelling..fever
What Hypopharynx Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
It started with a swollen lymph node..
What Eye and Orbit Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Blurred Vision slight headache
Straight lines look wavy, flashing lights, floaters.
None, temporailly lost vision in the effected eye on two occaisions before diagnosis. NO PAIN.
What Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
One sided runny nose
numbness in face, lose of smell, headache, lose of vision in lef eye
Ron had suffered breathing problems for some time. He was misdiagnosed with a deviated septum a year ago and referred to a specialist. The specialist simply checked him out and booked him for surgery 9 months down the road. In January the nosebleeds turned to ear bleeds and the headaches became more severe. We went back to the doctor only to be told he had an acute sinus infection. In february Ron underwent surgery for a deviated septum and lo and behold they found a massive tumor was the real cause of all the nosebleeds, headaches and general unwellness.
What Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Headaches, mental confusion, vision changes, incontinence, memory problems, weakness, paralysis, problems remembering the words for things
Loss of smell, non stop ringing in my ear, hearing loss, swollen nasal passage with uncontrollable drip, a noticeable white film coating my nasal passages when looking up my nose.
blood from right nostril, large lump on right nostril
Blood in saliva, enlarged lymph nodes
1st bump in neck with bump on tonsil
Fullness in right ear, sinus headaches, tingling and numbness in upper right lip and cheek area near the nose, right side of tongue and right side of roof of mouth sensitive to salty and acidic foods
Ear blockage, nose and mouth bleeding and headache
What Ureter Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Initial symptom Uterine Bleeding in 2007. Recurrance in July 2008, Abdominal Pain.
What Peritoneum, Omentum and Mesentery Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Urinary only, frequency, tested, no infections, just small amounts of blood, had some bowel changes. Pressure. Weight gain in middle. Bloated a lot, can't finish food
What Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
pain in side, fatigue, shortness of breath, weight loss
abdominal pain fatigue
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, heart palpitations, flushing
swelling being very tired sometimes pain in bones sometimes no symptons that you associate with cancer silent ones
What Esophagus Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Throwing up blood. Diagnosed in Emergency Room last Spring (07)
Food was getting stuck while eating.......
Difficult swallowing and am on liquid diet. No real pain as yet.
Trouble swallowing. Heartburn.
difficulty swallowing severe abdominal pain on recurrence
I threw up whatever I ate and lost 10 lbs. Before that, I had chronic heartburn.
The classic difficulty swallowing. Sporadic and usually only once per meal when at all. So it was easy to brush off as age and eating too fast.
Difficulty swallowing, long-term heartburn.
difficulty swallowing, bad reflux
I never had a symptom I just have great doctors that pay attention to me.
severe reflux, had trouble swollowing, weight loss, chest pain and pain in mid back
weight loss, difficulty swallowing, pain when swallowing
difficulty swallowing. extensive weight loss.
What Tonsil Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
I felt as if a had to constantly clear my throat and had trouble sleeping on my left side or back. I was originally diagnosed with sleep apnyea in 2008 and it was only a year later during a visit to mu chiropractor that he noted an enlargement of my right tonsil. I consulted my GP doctor and my dentist who only asked if it hurt, it didn't, and said they would not recommend getting my tonsils out at age 53. It was 3 months later that I had any pain and finally went to an ENT specialist who sent me for the tests that revealed the cancer.
Lump in left side of neck, benign biopsy, non urgent removal, unfortunately scc detected. Primary site left tonsil identified on PET scan
I thought I had a cold and a minor soar throat. Went into my doctor who thought I had tonsillitis and gave me two weeks of antibiotics. I took them and they didn't help. He referred me to an ENT who took one look in my mouth, sat down, and told me it was cancer. He took biopsies of the tonsil which confirmed that it was cancer. He then referred me to the Porter Cancer Clinic and my surgeon. The rest is history...
None incidental find
dry mouth, lump on left side of throat
Minor sore throat and ear ache.
lump on right side of neck
Ongoing sore thoat - Was thought to be infection, then abscess then tonsil stone. Not until tonsilectomy was cancer discovered.
Lump on left neck didn't change in size or color or pain level even after antibiotics
Small lump on left side of neck
Mass in the neck, slight difficulty swallowing.
Sore throat that didn't go away. Antibiotics x 2 and prednisone, still didn't go away. Left tonsil very large. CAT scan didn't show anything.
Lump on right side of throat. Felt like popcorn kernel stuck in throat. Abscessed and bled August 31, 2011. Went to see ENT September 6, 2011.
Swollen Lymph node.
Sore throat for most of the winter of 2010. April 2010 treated for tonsillitis with 3 rounds of antibiotics.
a lump on my right side of neck...no pain only mild pain in throat area from post outpatient surgery when they did exploratory biposy surgery and took pieces of tissue out
Swollen lymph node in neck
Husband had NO symptoms until a swollen lymph node in his neck.
I was extremely tired all the time, and the only symptom that brought the cancer to light was that it was growing outward. I thought it was a swollon tonsil.
Lump in neck, slight sore throat
Found a lump on the right side of my neck otherwise I would have never known!
Lump left side of neck, was the only system noticed.Tonsils always a problem
Lump on the left side of my neck
Lump on left side of throat.
Sore throat that wouldnt go away
What Mesothelioma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
chronic cough, shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue, anemia
28 lb Mass of 100's of tumors stemming from my peritoneum. Basically your peritoneum allows your organs to glide around in your abdomen. It produces and absorbs fluid. My peritoneum stopped working correctly and continued to flood my abdomen with cyst pockets. I went for many therapy drains which included abdomen taps into these fluid pockets, draining 4 liters of fluid at a time to remove this toxic fluid. The amount of mass and fluid filled my abdomen to the stage where it blocked, impeded, and mangled organs with my abdomen. Ouch! So painful. Some needle taps could not safely reach through my abdomen and it was necessary to tap through my pelvis to reach some cyst pockets. I continually met with doctors who told me my condition was benign! This fluid glowed like mountain dew. Sometimes it was brown and bloody during my more painful periods. Eventually it mangled my ovaries so severely they did metastasize I lost so much work. I lost my jobs. I couldn't find any doctors to help me, only experimental procedures tapping these fluid pockets. I finally found a wonderful surgeon Dr. Paul Sugarbaker, who not only finally was able to cut this complicated mass from my body but saved my life. Life isn't the same. I have ongoing challenges. But I have learned acceptance. I thank God every day for the days I have. I love life!
What Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
heavy bleeding with thick clots that lasted about 7 months, after a D&C, a polyp was found
Hemorrhaging,prior to that heavy, heavy periods.
fatigue, post menopausal bleeding/discharge, swelling, occasional pain
Bleeding after menopause. I am on blood-thinner, so I mistakenly assumed the bleeding was a result of thin blood. I let it go on for well over one year before seeking medical advice.
Lower abdominal pain, nausea, heavy bleeding with periods, bleeding in between periods, pain going to the bathroom, pain with sex (basically pain with anything down there), fatigue, weakness, lightheaded, weight loss, loss of appetite
Excessive menstrual bleeding dismissed as symptom of PCOS
heavy uterine bleeding with huge clots; bleeding between periods
AGE : 67, WEIGHT : 88 Kg, HEIGHT : 5’2”, FEMALE SUMMARY OF HISTORY : • Married , 2 boys, normal delivery. Known Hypertensive, been on Hi BP medication since 15+ years. 2 Paternal aunts had Uterine Cancer • Had post menopausal bleeding off & on, with thickened ET; in March-April 2012 • CT scan & MRI in May 2012 showed s/o omental, retroperitoneal and mesentric metastatic deposits • Small tissue Biopsy , May 2012 – Ca Endometrium . Confirmed by CT guided Biopsy • PET Scan on 15-5-2012 : Omental thickening , with omental deposits, mesenteric deposits, FDG avid SUV max 3.9, paraaortic , aortocaval and left external iliac lymph nodes • Chemoport used and 2 cycles (3 weeks = 1 cycle) Chemo (Paclitaxel 150mg+ Carboplatin 200mg) followed by radical hysterectomy & omentectomy in July 2012. Biopsy Diagnosed as : Serous Adenocarcinoma Uterine Corpus (high grade by definition) – pT1aN0M1. • ER+ PR+ • Weekly (24-8-12 & 31-8-12) , post operative chemo was given starting, but developed high fever and chemo was discontinued . Used – Mitotax150 mg+ Carboplatin 200 mg. • Developed adjutant infection – E.Coli in the blood and treated through broad spectrum of antibiotics • PET Scan done on 28-9-12 : Not clear in its findings but mentions metastasis in lymph. • Weekly (3 weeks = 1 cycle) Chemotherapy started on 22.10.12 for 6 cycles ( 18 weeks, with breaks) , Albumin bound Placitaxel 100mg + Carboplatin 150 mg in Dextrose and Saline • PET Scan on 22 Apr. 2013 : Showed no metastasis • Radiation – 5 days a week, 34 daily cycles of radiation with a couple of days break after the 24th radiation for 7 days , during which 3 intercavatary were done. Completed in Aug. 2013. Post adjuvant RT: EBRT 45 Gy + 1200 cGy in 3 fractions SORBO -6/8/13. • CCT Scan in October 2013, showed no metastasis in the body. • November 2013, she had small intestine blockage and had to be admitted for clearing through nasal aspirator. (This was the third time it happened in 3 months) • PET Scan on 6 March 2014 : Recurrence of peritoneal deposits - trace subhapetic and perihapetic hypodense area which may represent peritoneal deposit, and cluster of peritoneal deposits in anterior abdominal wall, left lumbar region and underneath the left anterior abdominal wall. Biopsy from Anterior Abdominal wall shows neoplastic cells suggestive of metastatic carcinoma. Individual cells possess eosinophillic cytoplasm and moderately pleomorphic nuclei with inconspicuous nucleolus. Many mitotic figures are discernible.
I was starting menopause so my light spotting I thought was normal oh I am having a cycle oh I am not it would stop for a day then start it was so scant some times red sometimes not I left it for 6 months. I had had a D/C in October 2008 in feb 2009 Doc said all was fine what he did not tell me is he was told it was cancer so he sent the samples to the cancer institute and they said no. He thought it was squamous cell carcinoma I ended up with aeodnocarcinoma But he never told me what he had done with my samples or what the first lab had thought. He should have told me because I would have been more vigilant and he should of had me come back in six months.
Constant back pain, tired, irregular bleeding, abdominal pain, heavy menstrual cycles.
Fatigue, irregular bleeding, passing tissue like clots, abdominal pain.
With the first tumor, there was hemorrhaging; With the second tumor, she was spotting, she was tired and hungry. Her ribs hurt where the new mass was growing and couldn't lift her arm.
Passing out & hemoraging. Weight loss.
heavy bleeding, enlarged uterine lining, abdominal pain
I had just a tiny spot of bleeding daily. No pain at all. I was post menopausal, so I knew that there should be no bleeding.
Heavy bleeding, large blood clots, bleeding between periods, painful cramps
All I had was spotting for 3-4 weeks.
some bleeding between periods which I originally thought were a failed Endometrial Ablation, then cramps and Dr. found a cyst on my cervix which turned out to be Adenocarcinoma :(. I had one Oncologist say I had cervical cancer (but I had no HPV) and on onc. said I had Endometrial cancer. Tumour had grown sideways from endometrium through cervix so they couldn't do Hysterectomy. I had severe endometriosis before stupid cancer and was being treated for that. I was misdiagnosed for sooo long because Drs. all thought my endometriosis had just returned! >:(
Hemmorhaging after child birth
Nothing until 1 weekend - massive bleeding, heavy discharge, anemia
blood tinged vaginal discharge after 2 years menopausal
vag. bleeding,Pain in the pelvic area,Pain during intercourse
Unexpected vaginal bleeding, 10 yrs. post-menopause
What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Mild pain in the shoulder|slight swelling|extreme pain at night|limited movement.
Softball sized tumor in my right chest wall; rib deformity; and extensive back spasms.
Large mass behind my knee... Ignored for a couple of years.
Death short of breath chest pains tiredness
Pain in the back, can't lay on my back or lean on it, shortness of breath
painless large mass located on upper right thigh
Persistant pain in leg (thought it was age degenerative)
Felt a growing lump on my left glute, or left butt cheek. I first felt it at Thanksgiving in 2006, by the time I went to the doctor six weeks later, the tumor had grown to over 5 cm
Pain in pelvic area, left leg turned out, fever, night sweats, high blood pressure(hypertension), and high heart rate (tachycardia). First diagnosed as growing pains, broken pelvis, and then hematoma. Tumor grew tremendously in one weekend.
Nicole started losing her eyesight in what doctors called a "paraneoplastic phenomenon" there were dead white blood cells in her eyes blinding her. At the same time a tumor was growning in her left forearm. The tumor was able to spread to lymph nodes and spine and abdomen.
Shooting pains in my left thigh
Small fissure on tongue
I had a painless fast growing mass on my left thigh.
Back in September, I was having a sharp pain on my left side by my groin area and I went to the doctor for an annual check up and my doctor told me it was probably an ovarian cyst and they come and they go. Pain sure did go away and I thought it was nothing till one Wednesday at the end of January the pain woke me up out of my sleep and that was when I knew it wasn't just a 'cyst'
There isnt any symptoms with this type of cancer. Its a soft tissue it moves with the body.
heavy bleeding,severe cramps
I did not have any outward signs of a lump or rash etc. I initially noticed a slight ache is my left leg which did not go away. Then, as weeks passed, it was steadily becoming for obvious and the pain, though always an dull ache, at times became very sharp. No amount of Panadol or Anti Flams, even Coedine would touch the pain. My GP had me referred to a Physio as she thought it was Sciatica - so was seeing the Physio and having acupuncture - but this was making my pain worse and was getting unbearable. I notices my toes were now tingly and numb, this was when my GP referred me to hospital, and was admitted. After 8 weeks and been flown and then chopered to 3 different hospitals they found the huge tumor was throughout my whole Left side of pelvis and grown into my sciatic nerve - it was only that pain that indicated I had something wrong with me!!
Almost none, just felt pain in my stomach area
Extreme pain and fatigue
Nausea, Diarrhea, Weight Loss, Fatigue
What Parotid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
felt like having a case of the mumps. swollen glands around ears and down neck. very painful, especially when bumped or when I moved. face swollen and paralyzed on one side -- worried that it was Bell's Palsy.
knot under earlobe
What Mouth Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Ulcer on tongue along with pain when swallowing and eating. Sore neck and trouble moving left shoulder.
What Skin Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
red raised area on nose for several years, two previous biopsies over 12 year period precancerous results...watchful waiting until third biopsy came back Basal Cell Carcinoma.
dark, irregularly shaped lesion on my back
What Throat Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Throat : Kept getting a sore throat and difficulty breathing and swallowing. NHL : Tired and skin kept breaking out.
Lump in neck, hoarseness, sore throat, sick all the time
I just thought I had a sore throat
NONE - Tumor discovered following routine examination/prescription for sore throat.
sore throat, discovered with my lung cancer (carcenoma in situ)
none on neck so far
Swollen tonsil, tender lymph gland
Loss of voice and a lump appearing at the back of my throat.
A simple sore throat
ear aches, sore throat, teeth aches
Sore throat, tonsil and lympth node enlargement.
Intermittent enlarged lymph node on the left side of my neck for a period of nearly 4 years. Finally the lymph node (which turned out to be a mass of cancer) got so large that it was difficult to turn my head.
Sore throat that did not go away
Mild Persistant Sore Throat
Persistent sore throat with cough
Sore throat, difficulty breathing, ear pain
repeated sore throat... could barely talk
Hoarseness ...was treated for allergies for 9 mo. before cancer was found ~
What Tongue Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Strange taste and loss of taste but no pain, no lumps or other symptoms. Discovered during a routine MRI. I thought it was sinus trouble.
Lymph node swollen for about 6 months before I went to dr to look at it...DON"T WAIT THAT LONG. No other symptoms.
A VERY small sore (grain of sand sized) appeared on my left lateral tongue. It was there for 3 months and a minor nuisance. I thought maybe I had bitten it or ate something sharp like chips. After a 6 mm punch biopsy it flourished and tripled in size in less than a month and became unbearably painful along with frequent stabbing pains in the neck area just below the rear of my earlobe.
While on the computer, I felt a lump in my neck. I went for a biopsy and it came back positive for Squamous Cell Carcinoma. The scary thing is I was at my healthiest time of my life as far as eating and exercising and showed NO other signs of being sick.
White spot on my tongue that turned into a huge red lump. My pcp kept telling me that is was an ulcer that was being caused by an infection in my body. Finally almost a year later when i could no longer take the pain i finally demanded he send me for a biopsy.
Lump on side of neck that was diagnosed as brachial cleft cyst. Biopsy came back positive for squamous cell carcinoma and shocked everyone, including the ENT.
My daughter Sarah noticed a sore on her tongue. Thought it was from biting it. she went to a doctor. He diagnosed her with thrush, gave her meds and sent her on her way. Meds did nothing.. she went back to the same doctor for a 2nd and 3rd time. He told her there was nothing more he could do for her and to stop wasting both his and her time. My daughter lived with this sore on her tongue for over a year.She woke up one morning in horrible pain and her tongue was black. She went to see her personal doctor, She sent Sarah to a ear,nose and throat doctor. That next day he did a biopsy on her tongue. The day after that 2-4-2010 she called me and told me she had cancer. This cancer spread to her lymph nodes then to her lungs. She passed away on 12-26th-2010.
Sore in back of tongue
A very sore tongue. It hurts to eat and talk.
What Nose Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
only symptom was swelling of right side of nose
What Jaw Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
For the tongue cancer - Tongue was tender and had a canker that would not go away. Jaw Cancer - Pain to Jaw, Swelling and white spots on the inside of my mouth.
What Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
I had absolutely no symptoms. Mine was found through a kidney stone.
Extreme fatigue, swollen lymph nodes in my neck, and rash on my torso.
lump in the left side of my neck.
Swollen lymph node on right side of neck/collarbone
None except for small little lumps on the back of my neck. I did not exhibit any other symptoms. My appetite, strength ( i do 10km run a day) and sleep like a log every night.
Swollen face and neck
enlarged left superclav. lymph node, some coughing
Fever 101-103.9 everyday 3 or 4 times a day. Night sweats, chills, loss of appetite and fatigue.
Night sweats, loss of weight/appetite, very fatigued, persistent cough, body aches.
Weight loss (35 Lbs) ... Night sweats... Exhaustion... Stomach pain... my spleen was enlarged by 6 times - my oncologist said if they had to remove it she would like to keep it for medical purposes - I said she could keep it for a doorstop...
Asymmetrical neck swelling, drenching night sweats, fatigue, breathing problems.
right supraclavicular mass
Skin rash, fatigue, upper back pain.
Enlarged node in left clavical (initial), swollen nodes in chest and spleen, drenching night sweats, lower back pain, fatigue, body aches, uncontrollable cough, vomiting
weight loss, sweats, temper, breathing, coughing up blood,
Fainting, night sweats, itching skin, swollen lymphnodes in neck, upper chest, and groin, falling, difficulty breathing, fatigue, loss of appetite and 40 lbs. weight loss. Many x-rays and scans later showed that there were some tumors on the ribs, and destruction of the L-4, L-5, and sacrum.
itchiness, back ache, pressure in chest/shortness of breath, night sweats
Itchy skin, night sweats, extreme fatigue, heart and chest nausea, lower left side pain.
2 Swollen Lymph Nodes in neck, bad cough, and extreme fatigue.
Hodgkin's - fatigue, weight loss, lump Uterine - bleeding, pain Thyroid - weight gain, fatigue, lump Skin - visual sores
extreme weight loss (85 lbs), horrible joint and muscle pain, collapsed lung
Enlarged, unusually hard cervical lymph node
anemia, swollen node on right side of neck. Horrible itching that would not stop for months....night sweats, fevers, chills, great weightloss:)
Fatigue, grey pale skin, night sweats.
What Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Fatigue, left abdominal pain, bruises
Enlargement of the thymus gland.
Bone and joint pain, low grade fever, fatigue, loss of dexterity
fatigue,dizziness, headaches, light headed ness
weakness, exhaustion, bone pains mainly in my jaw bone, night sweats, unexplained weight loss and I was extremely pale.
Fatigue, loss of vision, enlarged spine. persistent cough
tumor on neck
body pain, vomiting, change in bowel habits
What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Severe Itching over whole body. No Rash. Jaundice.
Second time around: Vomiting, burning stomach pain, boiling stomach pains, lower back pains, cramps, abdomen pains First time around: Vomiting, vomiting bile, severe scratching (itching), high liver enzymes (bilirubin), nausea, abdominal pains, lower back pains, yellowing of skin, yellow eyes, fatigue, bile duct obstruction, brown urine, white stool, belching, anemia, lethargic
What Myelodysplastic Syndrome Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
could not breath, skin went pale, was light-headed
fatigue, infections, low red blood cells, low white blood cells, low platelets, vomiting, nausea, bruising, shortness of breath, headaches, puppurra, light headednes.
lower white cell count and low red cell count
What Appendecial Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Over a period of 3 months, my weight began to shift. Everything was moving north instead of south. I chalked it up to aging and odd things the body did. An ultra sound showed a massive tumor on my right ovary (20 cm). During the week it took to see a specialist, it grew to 44 cm. Surgery took place the next day and it was found that the point of origin was the appendix.
What Uncategorized Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Abdominal pains, coughing, weezing, weight loss, loss of strength and agility. I had tumors in both lungs, a tumor 2/3 the size of my liver, and the cancer ate a whole in my left hip, and ate away my tailbone.
Constipation, diahrrea, bloating, weight gain, feeling full quickly.. etc...
fatigue, loss of appetite
Abdominal and Back Pain.
I started bleeding...knew that wasn't right because I had a hysterectomy seven years ago.
Severe Anemia, Heavy irregular periods, bloating, pain in stomach and down legs.
Fatigue, very large inguinal lymph nodes
red flaky area on right side of nose
I am diagnosed with Parapharyngeal Space Tumors (pps) 2 cm x 1 cm dumble shape. tumor did not change in size all this years but is affecting nerves causing stiffness and pain in the neck and sholder
Not sure as of yet
My Granfather James died of Lung Cancer in 1981, my Grandmother Elizabeth died with a rare liver cancer in 1999, At some point or another my aunt Ruby had a full masectomy, my aunt Betty had several surgeries to remove lumps in her breasts, my Grandmother Lois had a lung removed in 2003, my Mother had Cervical Cancer in 2004
still trying to find out whether is it cancer or not
I was diagnosed with an external hemorrhoid and treated for 2 weeks with suppositories. After no change, I was given another round of suppositories and referred to a surgeon. He recognized it right away. The pathology report from the biopsy confirmed and my journey began.
Nothing until my ovary twisted due to ovarian cyst then biopsy came out and turned to be a borderline serous tumor.
Pain in my left thigh.
None. Saw cell mass on mammogram.
None except for the growths on my ovaries.
Found incidentally but in retrospect frequent urination and urgency, bloating, dizzy, weight gain, shortness of breath,
Extreme loss of energy, being winded after a flight of stairs, fatigue, radically extreme bruising, minor cuts do not clot, flu-like symptoms.
Unbelievably none, with the exception of high blood pressure
Lymph nodes swollen all over body, chronic fatigue, body aches and pains, chest pains, cough, some shortness of breath, and night sweats.
Chronic lung infections - chronic pneumonia - I'm guessing because his tumor was so large it was pressing into his lung tissue
white spots on my tongue
Kidney stone, weight loss (25 pounds in one month), flu like smptoms
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