What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
NO signs or symptoms, no lumps, risk factors or family history. Found on routine mammogram
Just a small bruise
Constant pain in my chest. Lumps make tightening in my chest. EXTREME neuropathy. We all know about hair and what chemo does.
I found lump in shower; had acute pain there; mammo didn't show; ultrasound did.
None. Tumor found during routine mammogram
sharp pains in left breast and armpit
I felt a lump in my right breast which became sore after a few weeks.
I had a lump that grew, nothing else was wrong
Tenderness in right breast. Lump in right breast.
fatigue, nausea, head ache
Felt a lump.
2013: My back had been hurting for a while. Had an MRI that found cancer on 2 vertebrae. 2008: I found a lump during a self exam.
Back pain, weight gain, exhaustion
A large mass in right breast found during self-exam. Swelling, itching, and pain in breast
I had none, no one even felt a lump! Just went to my yearly exam and was asked to do a baseline mammogram and BAM!......Here we are!
Lots of itching in my breast, but was never really sore or painfull.
None, found by yearly mamogram
Found a lump in my left breast
through most of 2008 excruciating pain in my spine
small lump in left breast near nipple
I only had a drop of blood on my husbands tee shirt
No symptoms, found during a routine mammogram.
None. Absolutely nothing. I work a 60 hour work week and thought fatigue was inherent to the job.
polymyalgia in my upper arm got me to go to the doctor. he told me it was time for a physical and mamogram. the mamogram found a small spot that then had a needle biopsy.
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
High PSA, Biopsy Gleason Score of 9 (5/4)
bones and mets
Hardly any - sore hip I attributed to physical activity
None other than slightly elevated PSA
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.
Tooth ache, wheezing, followed by stabbing pain in right rib cage
Hip pain and eventual fracture.
Headaches, vision problems. Symptoms missed until seizure.
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.
I had no initial symptoms except for chronic coughing.
deep middle back pain just left of my spine that would come and go, extreme tiredness
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.
Persistent pneumonia for two plus months. No chest x-ray until end of second month. Pretty terrible...screening needs to change ASAP!
coughing, flu like symptoms, bronchitis,
clubbing of the finger nails, joint pain
some shortness of breath, but nothing major.
Shortness of breath and coughing up blood.
Shortness of breath, which almost entirely disappeared after my first chemo
none, incidental finding
none until i coughed up blood while driving and my wife saw it as i thought it was phleme after coughing
Weakness, lathargic. discomfort in Kidney Area & gurgling in Lungs
Pain in back, weight loss very quick
None for Lung Cancer, none for thyroid cancer
Cough, bruising on chest, weight loss, swollen neck, and back pain.
Large, painful lump at the collar bone; vision impairment in left eye; impaired memory and judgment; loss of balance and blackouts. All symptoms materialized within a two-week period.
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.
Horrible hip pain.
Mild cough, some fatigue and shortness of breath.
None. Normal mamogram in Dec. 07, then MRI one month later found breast lesion and lung cancer.
tingling down right arm
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.
None at this time. Started six month ago with blood in the urine as a result of kidney cancer. Right kidney removed in November 2013. in June 2014 a small cancer was found in my bladder. Since it is an aggressive type, I will having my bladder removed on July 30.
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.
Pain and swelling of Lymph nodes
not many mainly fatigue and itchy
Mango sized tumor on left side of neck. Tumor grew rapidly of 72 hours
Chest infection that lasted for 6 week in August of 2003 and then reoccurred for 8 weeks in April 2004.
Constant migraine, oblique double vision in left eye, night sweats, fever.
no real cancer symptoms in the beginning, I felt great besides having some hives now and then, which appeared randomly. The rashes were real itchy, my Doctor thought I probably have an allergic reactions to some food I am eating. I had the hives for about 6 months when I noticed a painless enlarged lymph node on the side of my neck in August 2010. The lymph node was removed for a biopsy in December 2010. I did not have the classical symptoms for NHL, like night sweats or weight loss, but I was fatigued. On January 4th, 2011 I received my devastating news that I have DLBC NHL.
Painless Lump in Neck and Groin
I had no symptoms. Chest pressure and shortness of breath due to iron deficiency anemia resulted in the CT scan that found my tumor.
Extreme shoulder and chest pain.
SEVERE itchiness, troubles breathing while laying down, cough
night sweats, back pain, fever, weight loss, lump on my neck, ribs destruction.
left nostril and ear were clogged
Night sweats, lower back pain, abnormal CBC
Abdominal swelling, severe lower back pain, lower abdominal and leg weakness
Fatigue, chest pain, coughing, back pain, shortness of breath, decreased appetite, weight loss
Had a small lump come up on left upper arm, grew from pea size to golf ball size in three days.
All of the sudden I just couldn't walk without horrible hip pain. Thought it was from when the dog bowled me over outside in the winter time. Took 3 days off of work as I could barely walk to one room to another. Urgent care said it was muscular and 'stretched me out'. Likewise my own doctor a week later pulled and twisted my leg and that and Prednisone got me back walking again with an Xray and MRI scheduled for 2 weeks down the road.
Swollen inguinal lymph node, Fatigue, itchy dry skin
Nagging cough, breathlessness, feeling of unwellness and lack of energy. Decreased appetite.
visual plaque on forearm
Large mass on neck pressing on trachea
A really bad smokers cough (when I don't smoke), night sweats, tiredness and loss of appetite.
Enlarged lymph nodes, Tired, depression, some pain, hair loss, neuropathy, blisters from the doxil, memory loss, sleeplessness, my blood sugar is on the whack other than that I'm GREAT!
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.
Night Sweats, Swollen Lymph nodes, persistent cough
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.
fatigue, night sweats, feeling cold during day, sharp pain in back
Blood in urine, nausea (November 2007) Pain in abdomen (recurrence, February 2011)
I had no symptoms whatsoever. I was having gall bladder issues when my Dr decided to do an ultrasound, it was found completely by accident. I may add my maternal grandfather and my mother both died of cancer of the colon, my husband has had testicular cancer. And my younger sister was just diagnosed with liver cancer she developed as a result of PSC.
Blood in urine, flank pain and tiredness
Pain in the back and fatique.
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.
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.
Abdominal pain, back pain, nausea, fatigue
Shortness of breath.....seriously that was it!
None. Was diagnosed incidentally on MRI for unrelated issues.
fatigue, difficulty breathing, loss of hair, bleeding in my mouth
Blood in urine and flank pain
Tenderness in the upper left side, night sweats
Large tumor discovered during ultrasound for stomach issues. Not eating, feeling full and/or vomiting. Tumor was pushing on my stomach.
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.
Got lucky developed multiple kidney stones. Accelerated symptoms that usually do not materialize until later stages. Blood in urine and pain.
Fatigue, Weightloss, Nausea, Loss of appetite
tumor found while performing MRI for possible spinal stenosis from a prior injury.
None. Found incidentally.
flank pain, gross hematuria
none, Cancer was found after I had my gall blader removed.
Back pain, weight loss, fatigue, just not feeling well, and later, blood in my urine and anemia.
none--tumor found while having an ultrasound for something else.
Blood in urine, pain, spasms
Lost a lot of weight, abdominal pain, swelling and cramping of the legs, fatigue and a feeling of tiredness and blood in the urine
What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
jaundice, itching, dark urine, clay colored stools
Discomfort just under rib cage, especially after eating. Symptoms came on suddenly--received stage 4 diagnosis one week after onset of symptoms.
swollen & painful abdomen, pain in right lower back
Pain in side, jaundice
back pains, unable to use the restroom, unable to sleep.
Stomach/back pain, weight loss, fatigue
gastrointestinal problems, cramping etc
Dark urine, jaundice
Ingestion and cramping, pain after eating, diffuse abdominal pain.
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
Trouble urinating, 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.
Pain in back and upper abdomen,trouble digesting,heartburn,weight loss
My mom started with Jaundice.
Started with severe nausea and elevated blood sugars.
Severe pain in back and sides, Type II Diabetes, Weight Loss, blood clot
REFLUX , THEN SHARP PAIN LEFT ABDOMEN
Weight loss masked by a diet my father was on at the time of diagnoses.
pain in middle of ribcage...change in weight (loss of), stool change...tired
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
Jaundice was the only symptom Dad showed.
abdominal pain, loss of apettite, changes in skin color, dry skin
Numbness on left side slight back pain
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.
Bloated (looked like I was preganant), constipation, weight gain. The doctor I was seeing insisted it was a gastro thing. Dragged on for 6 wks, until I saw another doctor who sent me to get scanned. Bingo.
I also have stage 1 breast cancer
Severe pain in lower abdomen, swollen and hardened stomach
bloating, stomach pain, tired all the time.
Lots n lots of belching, abnormal vaginal discharge, abdominal pain (thought my appendix had ruptured), bloating, foul smelling poop.
For nearly a year I had bloating, intestional issues ranging from nausea, vomiting and constipation
Bloating, constipation, slight weight gain, heartburn, left lower abdominal pain, urinary frequency, lethargy, insomnia.
Upset stomach, swelling in the abdomen, intense pain, lower back pain
Non my mom taut I was anemic and I was eating a loot of ice chips. She took me to the doctor that's when she found out my blood pressure was high and he gave me some medication that night we were supposed to celebrate my dads birthday but my brother was Sick so my parents decided to take us to the ER.
fatigue, bloating, bowel changes, fatigue, frequent urination, fatigue
I thought that I had an abdominal obstruction. Severe constipation and swelling of the abdomen.
None really, maybe a little bloating and abdominal pain. This is the scary thing about ovarian cancer; few women have any symptoms at all.
6 month period
None! Went to the ER for a pain in stomach that turned out to be a vein that was bleeding due to a strenous kickboxing class the day before. CT scan showed enlarged ovary! Thank god for the gym!!! Got it early!
Bloating, discharge, abdominal pains, extended abdomen
cramps (like the kind that you have when ovuating)just sort of different... slight weight gain being just a bit more tired than usual, but ultimately
Bloating/ fluid in abdomen Back pain Seemingly unending fatigue
Weight Gain, aches and pains in my stomach, and feeling full all the time.
spent 2 years going to my family doctor complaining of lack of energy and metabolism,weight gain only to be told it was menopause learn to live with it Bloating with ascites pain in lower back especially when vacumning lol june 2011 thought i was constipated and when the hospital did the exray i was full of tumors in my abdomen they took out 10 litres of water from my abdomen
Bloating, high blood pressure, cramping, bleeding inbetween periods, unusual periods, constipation, infertility.
Electrolytes plummeted which caused -> no appetite, night sweats/fever, dizziness, headaches, inability to walk, fatigue.
weight gain, bloating, pain, tired, so, so, tired
Bloated stomach fatigue painful sex no appetite
Severe abdominal pain for several months
What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Lump on neck
Lump on the side of neck. Extreme anxiety. Mild hair loss
I have known about my Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism for about 7 years, so I have no idea what symptoms have been specific to cancer.
Absolutely none - found by mistake
Slight thickening of my throat, fatigue, mild cough.
Hair loss, Weight gain, Depression, Lack of sex Drive, Mood swings, nausea, Migraines
Before I got diagnosed I was feeling very fatigued and my heart rate was very high. The only reason I was going to the doctor was to get vaccinations for school. I told him about my symptoms and he said he thought it was Hyperthyroidism. He checked my levels and everything came back fine and did for months. My doc kept checking my levels because he was positive it was my thyroid. One day my levels came back abnormal and we went from there! They did an Ultrasound and found a nodule...then did a biopsy. The ENT told me the biopsy looked a little suspicious and he wanted to take the left side of my thyroid out. When he did the surgery he decided to take my whole thyroid. Which now I am glad!!
None. Incidental finding on an MRI two months after shoulder surgery.
A lump on the left side of my neck.
A large lump on my neck, weight gain, memory loss, and extreme fatigue.
Found a lump at the front of my throat. When I look back now, the chronic inflammation of my wrists and ankles was a sign that something wasn't right. My heart was also racing, I lost a lot of hair the year before, my joints and muscles were sore all the time. Still suffering from major swelling in my wrists...
Just really tired. Does anyone else have a problem with Levothyoxine? geez....
Lump on left side of neck near collar bone
Small sore throat, cough and raspy voice.
So tired I want to cry.
Lump on neck
Semi-large noticeable lump on the right side of neck
Weight gain, hostile moods, anxiety, weakness
I had some symptoms of hypothyroidism and had a palpable thyroid nodule.
Periodic sore throat, thyroid swelling, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (contributing factor, at least).
Bad choking, lost alot of weight in a short period of time, pain in throat & chest, shortness of breath for over 11 yrs. had good TSH levels. Had Hypo and Hyper symptoms at different times. Supposely thought to have thyroiditis 12 yrs before this diagnose.
none except for feeling the lymph node on the side of my neck.
Intermittent hoarseness and difficulty swallowing (thought I had a cold). Grape-sized lump left side of neck.
Swollen sore neck.
none specifically cancer '- I had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I had every symptom known for that! Docs kept trying to treat the symptoms rather than the root cause of
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, led to the tests and diagnosis. Tony had several symptoms for years, discomfort after a meal, difficulty swallowing...he mentioned it to all his doctors over and over, but no one picked up on it that it could be stomach cancer. In the navy he had excessive exposure to asbestos, so his lungs were checked, but not his stomach.
Weight loss 30lbs+, vomiting, nausea, small appetite.
Anemia,lost 67lbs,pain in stomach,black stools,feels full all the time
What Brain Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Had 1 Seizure. MRI found BT, after surgery put on 1000mg of Keppra daily for cheap insurance.
headaches , vomitting
had a fit
headaches, tired, forgetful, stopped texting, making mistakes with numbers at work, anger
Seizures, headaches, dizziness, dodgey left leg, forgetting words
Constant Headache for a few weeks, Blurry vision
headaches, short term memories, long term memories, hand-eye coordination, seizures.... that all I can thank of but I do have memory problems. HAHAHA Nope, not now!!! I can can barely use right leg or arm. This happened from the beginning of Oct to the end. I'm not sure what is next.
Nausea,memory loss, vision problems, ringing in ear, headaches, numbness in arm, weak and fatigue
Progressive neurological failure of fine motor coordination in left hand. Headaches. Dizzyness. Slurred speech.
Headaches, loss of appatite, sleeped alot, long term memory loss, loss of speech, and depression
Severe Headache, personality, vision, coordination changes
Weird feelings in my head, migraines, fatigue
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
Jenna had flu like symptoms and was being treated by her pedi for that. I took her to the dr 3 different times and each time she said its viral.
weakness, trouble speaking and with daily activites
Severe Headaches, high bp, vomitting
It began with high blood pressure 210/120 and facial numbing (which we found out were seizures)
Mom-horrible personality changes, weak, unstable gait, headaches Dad-nausea, headaches, early dementia onset
Hearing damage, little to no balance, extreme exhaustion, and loss of hair.
Headaches, suddenly forgetting where they are, simple math calculations are hard, dragging of the left foot and inability to turn to the left
Major seizure led to discover and diagnosis, no other symptoms otherwise.
Right hearing impairment, headache, vertigo, vomiting, sensory changes, etc
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.
Bone lesions, spinal compression, fatigue and bone pain
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.
Really bad sciatic nerve pain, swollen tummy, swollen ankles, swollen body actually.
I put it all in my biography.
Constipation, pain in my left side. I actually gained weight. I am a little disappointed as most people lose weight.
Multiple flushes of bloody stool, spontaneous initiation & resolution, over four hours in mid-December 2004. Analyzed by a PA to probably be a manifestation of diverticulitis shown on sigmoidoscopy 2 yrs before. Six weeks later further flushings resulted in ER admission to Holy Cross Hospital January 31, 2005.
rectal bleeding, bloody stool, constipation for DAYS...
I had pain in my left side for several months. After trying medication for stomach problems and having an upper endoscopy, my doctor decided to order a ct scan just to check. Turns out there was nothing on the left side, but there was a mass on my right side near my colon. Totally unexpected since that wasn't even where my pain was.
Dull pain in Abdomen
Bloated, blood in stool, bleeding from rectum.
problems passing stools, some blood in stools, extended abdomen, feeling like I had a bladder infection, tired
Weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue...
Fatigue, Sore Throat and mouth, numbness (possibly from the first Chemotherapy), irritation, hair loss, watery eyes and nose, weight lose etc...
Constipation, stomach blotting, bloody stool, tailbone pain, buttock pain.
Change in bowel habits. Severe anemia (fatigue, rapid heart beat, etc.)
Extreme Fatigue which led to a blood test that showed low ferritin which led to a fecal occult test which led to the wonderful colonoscopy
right sided abdominal pain and spasm, feeling like constantly needed to pass stool, fatigue, weight loss- 8kg in 1 month
50 pound weight loss in 30 days.
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.
change in bowels little bit of blood
Low-grade fever, anemia, side pain, fatigue
Blood in stools, lower pain on left side
Changes in digestive system caused me to see my doctor. Thank God!!
small change in bowel movements
Bad abdominal pain, 4 weeks before he had relief.. They thought it was a gallbladder attack that lasted too long He turned yellow, ER Dr. thought it was hepatitis, turned out every Lymph node full of cancer, had to have a biliary drain placed through the left side of abdominal cavity through the liver to reduce the bile that had overtaken the body.
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.
vaginal bleeding after sex, a period that didn't stop in March
Gastrointestinal distress, low back pain, pain with intercourse, bleeding with intercourse, irregular periods.
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.
right side pain under ribs and radiating around to back, right leg pain, excessive and constant vaginal bleeding with clots, anemia, fatigue, decreased cognition, irritability, pain and bleeding with intercourse, pelvic pain after orgasm, acne
bleeding in between periods. dull lower back ache. bleeding during intercourse my right leg larger than left..fatigue..just KNEW something was off..lathargic....
Hopefully not cancer, but just nasties: pain, bad bleeding, nasty cells
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 menstrual bleeding, lower back and abdominal pain.
spotting after sex and a couple of bacterial infections. Normal pap less that a year before diagnosis.
spotting in between periods,tired most of the time
Post-coital bleeding; later, large amounts of discolored water discharge and "crampy" pain and pressure
None at first, just went in for yearly pap, then bleeding during sex, then bleeding even without sex, went back to dr, another pap, positive for cancerous cells
heavy bleeding during and after intercourse
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.
Pain, Vomiting, hair loss,
Vaginal bleeding, pain in abdomen
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)
4 cm large polyp on my cervix (one in a million are cancerous) 4 cm tumor on cervix as well. I've never had an abnormal pap and my cancer was not HPV Bleeding discharge, pain during intercourse. Doctor said it was because I was nursing my baby and my hormones were off.
fatigue, irritable, cramps
Had irregular bleeding between periods for about 2 months, bleeding was sometimes heavy w/clots, felt pressure in pelvic area, lil' bit of cramping
Abnormal bleeding during pregnancy history of abnormal pap. Without follow up. Back pain leg pain. Bowl and urinary issues. And extreme fatigue.
She bled in between periods and quite a lot. Dr's laughed and said she was just getting older. She pushed the issue and got a second opinion. She was diagnosed fall of 2008.
Heavy bleeding and clotting between periods, pelvic pain, leg pain, abnormal pap
inexplicable bleeding, fatigue, red blotch in one eye, no positive annual pap smears - ever
heavy vaginal bleedin.cramps
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.
Flu like. Sinus infection did not go away.
Tiredness, flu like symptoms, lack of appetite
Shortness of breath, sleepiness, low white count, low hemoglobin count, low platelet count, bruising.
Weakness, headaches, lack of appetite and thirst. Some confusion.
I guess it all began on my 5th birthday. After months of bruising, nosebleeds, ear infections, chest colds, obnoxiously high fevers, and muscle pains so severe that I was unable to walk, I was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia). I went into remission a few months after treatment, and after a 3-year protocol I was pronounced a "full cure" at age 8. For 10 years I experienced absolutely no further symptoms, and just lived an extraordinarily normal & boring life without giving that stupid disease another thought. Then, I broke my arm. No big deal, right? Well, at my 10th annual follow-up checkup, I was told that - suprise! - I had localized osteosarcoma in my left radius (lower arm bone), and was in the early stages of AML (acute myelogenous leukemia). I underwent 1 year of chemo & radiation, as well as surgical removal of the osteogenic sarcoma & a bone graft (limb-salvage a complete success: my arm is still intact!). After going in and out of remission, I had a bone marrow transplant. 1 year later, I was pronounced in "full" remission, and discontinued all treatments the subsequent year. I had no further symptoms. 8 months ago I learned that my AML was no longer in remission. Here we go again :)
Fatigue, sore throat, inflamed tonsils, recurring illness, flu-like symptoms. Very low WBC count.
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.
infections, bleeding and bruising, extreme exhaustion
originally flu like syptoms and extreme fatigue. My hemoglobin had dropped to 4.59
Night sweats, couple funny turns, stomach cramps
Tired, Drained, wasn't eating and lost loads of weight, muscle aching, brusing...
Nausea/Vomiting. Weight loss. Extreme weakness.
Red spots on arms and legs, bruising easily and appearances in between fingers, slight fever, tired.
swollen lymph nodes lithargic drained
Fatigue, Joint pain and some petechiae (red blood dots).
bruising ,tiredness breathlessness
abdominal pain, lower back pain, low blood counts, tiredness
Joint pain, persistent low-grade fevers, frequent ear and skin infections.
Reoccurring kidney infection that wouldn't resolve with multiple rounds of antibiotics. Blood test revealed low WBCs, low platelets and low RBCs.
Low white blood cells
low hmgb, tiredness, trouble breathing
For 3 weeks I was told the bloody noses were due to the lack of humididty in our home and the leg pain and fever were due to flu. Finally, knowing that my child , although a great actor couldnt possibly be holding onto this just for some attention. Saturday February 16th, 2008 I took her to her regualr pediatrician'S office.
Enlarged glands all over my body; insane tiredness, I basically got home and all I did was sleep; swelling all over my body, but especially around my face and my eyesight got really bad, to the point where I actually had to get glasses. We thought it was Glandular Fever (Mono). I wish.
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.
Enlarged right testicle;,no pain whatsoever
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 Small Intestine Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
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.
Growth inside anus. Ignored until tag started growing on outside.
Bleeding..to long..I should have done something a year or so ago.!
Three days of fresh dark blood
Blood in water, not in stool. Some pressure on the anus.
constipation and bloating two years prior then shortly before diagnoised itching, pressure.
Rectal pain and bleeding. Thought tumor was a hemorhoid.
a nagging hemorrhoid with slight blood after getting food poisoning in Las Vegas...the doctors say, "the luckiest hemorrhoid I could ever get"...well not so sure about that but lucky to have caught it early
Some bleeding, thought I had a hemmoroid.
Bleeding, pencil-thin stools, severe constipation, hemorrhoids. The hemorrhoids were THE diagnosis until I was sent to a GI surgeon who took one look...................
I had what I thought was a hemorrhoid, anal itching, bleeding and changes in my bowels movements.
Massive blood discharge followed by smaller discharges, Diaheara, discomfort and a long ago battle with anal HPV
felt pressure thought I had hemmoroids
Presumed hemorrhoid pain and bleeding for several months
One big ole very leaky external tumor between my butt cheeks.
No symptoms. Had a colonoscopy in June 2009 that was negative. Found a lump at the base of my spine in eary Decembeer 2009. Unfortunately the tumor grew outside my rectum/colon I the space between the tailbone and rectum area. I did not feel it until it was approx. 5cm and had spread to my liver.
None. Occasionally a mildly annoying itchy hemorrhoid that I have had for 30 years.
Slight bleeding and dull pain in butt cheek.
Have experienced bright red blood from time to time with no other symptoms. After talking to doctor, I dismissed this as nothing to worry about. About one year ago I discovered a small bump inside my anus. Doctor thought it was a hemorrhoid and prescribed suppositories and fiber supplement. At this point I had experienced no pain, just occasional bright red blood. As time went on, the bump became larger and harder. Then, I experienced itching and soreness after bowel movements. Thanks to "Dr. google", I decided that my hemorrhoid had thrombosed (clotted). I returned to my doctor, endured a painful exam and she referred me to a surgeon (still thinking it was a hemorrhoid and that I probably needed hemorrhoidectomy). Upon examination, the surgeon told me it felt a little harder than a hemorrhoid should be and he wanted to biopsy it while I was under anesthesia. The biopsy showed "invasive non-keratinizing sqamous cell carcinoma, moderate to poorly differentiated. No lymphovascular invasion identifed.
thought it was hemorrhoids, abscess developed, biopsy revealed cancer
Thought I had hemarhoids. Rectal pain and bleeding.
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!
Small lump inside anus detected by me. No other symptoms at all; so strange to feel great and suddenly hear "you have cancer."
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
Pain of leg and back pain and fever
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)
Problems swallowing, weight loss, lethargy, hearburn, burping
Food was getting stuck while eating.......
Difficult swallowing and am on liquid diet. No real pain as yet.
Gastric reflux. difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms in throat
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.
Left side of my neck just below my jawbone was "aching" one night. I felt a little lump with my tongue. I went into the bathroom, stuck my finger down my throat and felt a lump. I left a message that night for my dentist, who saw me following morning and sent me to an ENT. He couldn't help me because he doesn't take insurance. So he sent me to another ENT. Next day, I had preliminary tests (Friday) and Monday I had my biopsy. And as they say the rest is history
Lump inside right side of neck
Lump on side of left neck, thought it was a cyst, after two weeks it wasn't smaller so ENT biopsied lump and left tonsil - abnormal cells found. Tonsillectomy one week later revealed squamous cell carcinoma in left tonsil and mass in neck.
Minor sore throat and ear ache.
Sore throat for most of the winter of 2010. April 2010 treated for tonsillitis with 3 rounds of antibiotics.
lump in neck, ear ache, sore throat, change in voice, enlarged tonsil
None incidental find
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 on the right side on neck. that's it!
Sore throat, weight loss, pain on right ear, noticable bump on right neck
small lump on left side of neck lymph node tumours no pain no other symptoms
Swollen lymph node on right side of neck that did not respond to antibiotics
None, really. A lump in the neck and an enlarged tonsil.
Painful chewing, facial swelling, sore throat, difficulty swallowing. Ear pain.
Tonsil Cancer - February 12, 2009 (Not too many.) Tongue Cancer - January 31, 2011 (Sore, painful tongue.) Left Throat Cancer - January 20, 2012 (Lump on left side of jawline.)
he just looked for some reason in his mouth and found a lump.
Severe fatigue, lump on my tonsil that didnt go away with antibiotics. Severe sore throat a few months ago...that I ignored.
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.
White lump on tonsil, weight loss, tired.
3 month PET Scan showed cancer on the soft palate and suspicious lymphnodes. 01/03/2011 Tumor on sternum, lung.
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...
Fatigue for a couple of weeks then a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck. Low grade temp. Thought I had come down with a virus. A few weeks later, a couple more lymph nodes popped up on the right side of my neck.
Swollen Left Tonsil still swollen after three rounds of antibiotics. No real pain - slight left ear discomfort/ itch - feels better when I swallow
None, No pain. Constant feeling of something stuck in my throat, Left swollen tonsil noticed by my wife. Swollen left cervical Lymph nodes (2).
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.
Only 3 months of symptoms. Abdominal pain, digestive discomfort which was relieved with dietary changes and Chinese Medicine treatment. Then two very heavy, painful periods. weight loss, low energy. GI bleeding got me into ER and CT scan found a tumor in my rectosigmoid colon. Was positive for endometrial cancer.
Heavy bleeding Prolonged periods Constant heavy brown or clear discharge between periods
spotting after menopause
Unexpected vaginal bleeding, 10 yrs. post-menopause
Passing out & hemoraging. Weight loss.
bleeding, clots, cramps, anemic.
Heavy bleeding, large blood clots, bleeding between periods, painful cramps
bleeding and awful smelling discharge
Blood in urine
Post-menopausal spotting. Obgyn did a biopsy, came back positive for uterine cancer June 1, 2010.
Hemorrhaging,prior to that heavy, heavy periods.
All I had was spotting for 3-4 weeks.
Fatigue, irregular bleeding, passing tissue like clots, abdominal pain.
Heavy, irregular, painful menses and abdominal discomfort
fatigue, post menopausal bleeding/discharge, swelling, occasional pain
bleeding after menopause, cramping like period cramps
Bleeding for a year - mostly spotting but several episodes of extremely heavy bleeding for one day, smelly discharge
Minor spotting after 15 years of HRT - I am lucky my Dr. did a biopsy! 6 more months and I would have been dead.
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.
Hemmorhaging after child birth
Constant back pain, tired, irregular bleeding, abdominal pain, heavy menstrual cycles.
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.
were really none , during invitro process before they transfer they look around,, saw polyps and the one dr came back and said "yu wont be having twins, yo have cancer and we need to worry about saving your life"
Large uterine mass, abnormal menstrual flooding, sciatica pain, anemia, fatigue
What Sarcoma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Mild pain in the shoulder|slight swelling|extreme pain at night|limited movement.
Tumor in thigh
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.
sore throat, lesion on tonsils
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 ~
Lump on neck
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.
trouble swolling, now very dry mouth
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.
Found a nodule at the base of my tongue.
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.
fatigue, weight loss, fevers
pain in chest - that was it! Had an xray to check and found a mass
Lump found on left side of neck, just above the collar bone.
Swollen Lymph Node on left collar bone area. Weakness, fatigue.
Coughing, weight loss, night sweats
Swollen Lymph node, one on each side of my clavicle. Night Sweats. Fatigue
Small and large lump on the side of my neck. Fatigue, nerve pain and headaches.
painless lymphnode enlargement above left clavicle, about the size of a golf ball... that was it.
Shortness of breath and being always tired.
anemia, swollen node on right side of neck. Horrible itching that would not stop for months....night sweats, fevers, chills, great weightloss:)
Hodgkin's - fatigue, weight loss, lump Uterine - bleeding, pain Thyroid - weight gain, fatigue, lump Skin - visual sores
Fever 101-103.9 everyday 3 or 4 times a day. Night sweats, chills, loss of appetite and fatigue.
Night sweats, fevers, swollen lymph nodes on neck, fatigue, weight loss
My cancer presented atypically. My very first symptom was not enlarged lymph nodes or fevers or itching, but severe bone pain in my lower back that radiated down into my left leg. This persisted for several weeks before I began experiencing fevers and night sweats. Sed rate was elevated but not extraordinarily. Doctors were baffled. First they thought it was lupus and then RA and then they told me it was all in my head - growing pains or some other lame-ass diagnosis. The symptoms continued and steadily worsened over the next several months before somebody finally had the sense enough to do an MRI and bone scan. These revealed a lesion near the L-4 vertebrate. A biopsy was performed and although the lesion did not have the characteristic features of lumbar osteomyelitis, that was the pathological diagnosis and what I was treated for. I underwent placement of PICC line in order to receive antibiotics for osteomyelitis. A chest x-ray was performed afterward to confirm correct placement of PICC line. It was at this time the radiologist detected lesions on the x-ray. I was referred to the Mayo Clinic. A CAT scan with IV contrast showed extensive mediastinal enlargement, mediastinal and hilar adenopathy, and lesions in the pulmonary parenchyma. The lumbar portion of the CAT scan reveled lymphatic involvement in the spinal region that was previously biopsied. A mediastinoscopy was performed but all tissue that was removed was identified as normal thymus. The surgeon then performed a thoracotomy and biopsied a large perihilar lymph node. The final pathology report showed nodular sclerosing Hodgkin's disease in the the lung and hilar lymph node, making it a stage 4B lesion. It took six months from the onset of symptoms until a definitive diagnosis could be made. My case was so atypical. There was never any palpable lymph nodes until the very end. In fact, the diagnosis was made almost by accident---by a random chest x-ray to determine proper placement of PICC line. I underwent six cycles of ABVD/MOPP and radiation to chest and spine. NED as of April 1992. July 1992 I began to experience night sweats and fevers. Sed rate was elevated but no palpable lymph nodes. CAT scan of chest in August 1992 revealed changes in the mediastinum which was suspicious of recurrence. Underwent biopsy at Mayo Clinic 8/92 but surgeon could find no evidence of disease. Symptomas continued unabated. Lesions evident on liver, but liver biopsy returned normal. A second thoracotomy a week later revealed Hodgkin's. Stage 4B with involvement in liver, spleen and anterior mediastinum. Returned home and received 3 cycles of DECAL salvage therapy followed by autologous stem cell transplant. NED as of 4/1993.
Asymptomatic, supraclavicle lymph nodes, whole body itch, weight loss, fatigue,loss of appetide
Fatigue Confusion Pain, achy Memory lapse Coughing, shortness of breath Night sweats Anxiety Depression
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.
a quarter-sized lump under my collarbone and breathing issues
Nagging cough and weird lump above my collarbone.
lump in the left side of my neck.
Night sweats/ fevers, itching skin, lumps in neck and under arm
really itchy skin, it started in my hands and feet and after a couple months, everywhere. Some night sweats & fevers. No unexplained weight loss...ripped off.
extreme weight loss (85 lbs), horrible joint and muscle pain, collapsed lung
weight loss, sweats, temper, breathing, coughing up blood,
Fatigue, vomiting, diarrohea, enlarged lymphnode.
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
Rectal bleeding and severe fatigue
What Bile Duct Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Severe Itching over whole body. No Rash. Jaundice.
Weight loss, fatigue, back & muscle pain, nausea
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 Leukemia Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
white blood count high, anemic, and I have an enlarged spleen
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.
routine check-ups. routine check-ups. routine check-ups. the symptoms are vague and easily dismissed.
Abdominal pain, vomiting, flushing ...
Kidney stone, weight loss (25 pounds in one month), flu like smptoms
Lately, vomiting and headaches, pain in my joins, some diarreia.
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.
Not sure as of yet
Constipation, diahrrea, bloating, weight gain, feeling full quickly.. etc...
Started as what was thought to be a cyst on the top of left hand--looked like I had an extra knuckle--merkel cell usually affects people on face, neck or face...primarily men 70+ Lymph node involvement was two lumps under left arm 5cm & 6cm Bone Metastases was lower back and leg pain thought to be aging and
Weakness on left side, seizures, headaches, neuropathy, long/short term memory, loss of drivers license, no longer able to work, tiredness, mood swings
Extreme loss of energy, being winded after a flight of stairs, fatigue, radically extreme bruising, minor cuts do not clot, flu-like symptoms.
bloating,pain in lower left side of stomach
none - found during routine blood work
NO anal cancer symptoms. Had breast cancer, skin cancer, now worried about anal cancer. Joined to becomed more informed. Sister had renal cell carcinoma and passed 2 mths after dx. I hate cancer.
chest pains, chills, fevers, nausea/vomiting,
I started bleeding...knew that wasn't right because I had a hysterectomy seven years ago.
Lymph nodes swollen all over body, chronic fatigue, body aches and pains, chest pains, cough, some shortness of breath, and night sweats.
I felt a tiny lumps in my breast. Also after I had my baby I had a pap smear that showed a class 4. On further testing it showed cancer.
Occasional difficulty swallowing
night sweats,fever,headache,severe back pain,sore lymph nodes,blured vision, swolen stomach,sore stomach,bone pain,excess sweating,shortness of breath,tired- tired-very sore teeth, tired....feels like a bubble in my chest in centre
I had a weird little lump in my belly, under the fat, found out it was a 7 1/2 x 4 x 3 inch tumour that engulfed my right ovary completely and attatched to the left side of my uterus pushing it forward, hence the lump, constipation, diahrrea, painful sex, lots of pressure on my rectum.
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
Cognitive impairment, Balance and gait issues, Hearing loss, Mood swings, Intracranial Pressure (Severe at times - and seems to be worse when the barometric pressure drops below 30.)
Mass on the palm of my right hand with slight pain. It is actually a tumor of the soft tissue.
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