What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Found a lump
Found small lump that hurt a bit sometimes. Mammogram was clear. 4 months later mammogram was clear again but ultrasound showed something. Biopsy showed invasive ductal carcinoma and carcinoma in situ.
none,i found the lump myself
No symptons. Routine mammogram (which was delayed for several years [shame, shame on me!]).
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.
occaisional sharp pains(in right breast). throbbing-from rt.shoulder to my fingertips.Gradual increase in size of lump while forming an indentation.
very tired , scared
When I did a self breast exam I felt a lump and pain in my left breast and I know at that very moment something is wrong so I decided to go to the hospital and see the doctor.
None - I found a lump, which turned out to by a cyst. That cyst was hiding one of the cancer tumors. The other tumor was closer to my chest wall.
A large mass in right breast found during self-exam. Swelling, itching, and pain in breast. The mass continued to grow, and right breast become enlarged to almost double the size in two-month period. CT Scan later found out that the mass was about 5cm x 4cm x 2cm. I was finally diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
Pain in the breast, which I ignored. I was also very sick. Later I did a rare self-exam and discovered a lump. The rest is history.
None. Tumor found during routine mammogram
None, went for my annual mamo and they said I had to have an ultra sound done because of this abnormal reading.
no symtoms; tumor was found during a routine mammagram
I felt a lump in the shower and I was concerned and had it checked out. Turns out it was positive for breast cancer
I discovered a small lump on my right breast one night lying on the sofa watching Tv.
I found a lump during a routine self exam.
Pain in the right arm
A large mass up under my right arm
Pain like I cannot describe on the left side of my ribs and spine.
had a lump hard right breast
No symptoms, found in repeat mammogram.
RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG METS. CHEST PAIN
Found by Mammogram. Left Breast this time.
All lymph nodes on one side of body swelled w/ low grade fever. lump in breast became noticeable. Turned out to be cyst in the shape of upside down U. Inside the U was what turned out to be the DCIS only seen in ultrasound bright red from the increased circulation contrasted to nearby tissue.
What Prostate Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
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.
Urine stream weak. Not emptying fully.
Gleason score 5; PSA 8
Gleason score 9. Cancer already outside prostate so elected radiation over surgery.
High PSA, Biopsy Gleason Score of 9 (5/4)
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
Elevated PSA and palpable digital rectal exam
bones and mets
little or none prior to diagnosis
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
None other than slightly elevated PSA
Rising PSA Blood in Urine
Pain, Urinary Retention, Blood Clots Bleeding, Anemia. Constipation, did I say blood clots.
cant pee, blood clots,bone pain
difficulty standing, walking, etc.
none other than test results PSA 7.5 Digital exam small nodule
Trouble passing urine.
All of them
What Lung Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Shortness of breath, cough, back pain.
There was no symptoms. It was found on a Chest Xray that was done so my mother could have her second knee replacement. It wasn't there 7 months prior
Rib pain that wouldnt go away, shortness of breath, slight cough, tired easily
coughing blood, very hard to breathe while working at physically intensive job
headaces, loss of appited. coughing
cough and weight loss and fatigue
Headaches, vision problems. Symptoms missed until seizure.
pneumonia symptoms, lung pain, coughing and fatigue
Couphing constant,shortness of breath,bloody sputum,fatigue
None! Cancer was found while investigating for a gall stone surgery, by xray, CT scan and MRI
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.
fatigue short breth
Shortness of breath, Fatigue
Pain in back, weight loss very quick
no symptoms, incidental findings during my Annual Checkup
none, incidental finding
None for Lung Cancer, none for thyroid cancer
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.
deep middle back pain just left of my spine that would come and go, extreme tiredness
Lymph is raised
Initially I had pain in my knees, back, and hips. My primary physician believed I was starting to develop osteoporosis and arthritis, so I began taking Boniva and other vitamins. My joint pain had not subsided, and about two months later, I developed a deep cough and had difficulty swallowing. My daughter rushed me to the ER, and after I had a chest x-ray, I also had to get a PET scan and MRI. I knew my outlook was not good before we even got the results back. The oncologist found two spots on my lung, and the cancer had spread to two lymph nodes on the other side of my chest wall. Like is said- not good news, but I have an amazing team of physicians, and a supportive family to help me through this. I couldn't go through this without them. My family gives me something to live for!
Persistent pneumonia for two plus months. No chest x-ray until end of second month. Pretty terrible...screening needs to change ASAP!
Pain in the chest. Shortness of breathe
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.
None. Discovered in routine chest xray required at my annual physical by my primary care Doctor, a self-proclaimed dinosaur.
Fatigue, Loss of Hair, Neuropathy, Neausea, Low White Blood Count
Fatigue, night sweats
Nagging cough, breathlessness, feeling of unwellness and lack of energy. Decreased appetite.
Enlarged lymph nodes in neck for the past two years, which two physicians dismissed
Swollen lymph node, right side of neck
Pain and swelling of Lymph nodes
NIGHT SWEATS ,FATIGUE
Fatigue, chest pain, coughing, back pain, shortness of breath, decreased appetite, weight loss
An englarged, painless lymph node under my left chin.
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.
I found a large hard lymph node tumor in my right super clavicle neck. That tumor was growing a few more off spring tumors around it, then it spread to my left side of neck. Both sides of my neck were bulging with noticeable lumps. I was having severe night sweats with extreme fatigue and constant itching on my lower back and legs. I have narcolepsy so I am still battling that fatigue even while I take the amphetamines to help me stay awake. I started getting a funny phloem in my chest that would make me cough and it would get stuck in the back of my throat. Whenever I went to talk, I would have to clear my throat from that thick mucous. After doing the CAT Scan and Pet Scan it was noted that I was loaded with tumors from my sinuses down to my groin and in both lungs.
Neuropathy, weakness, fatigue, general pain
NAUSEA, Fatigue, irritated, pain VOMITING
Large lump on neck.
Tumor. Impaired movement, walking. Really sore abdomen.
Almost nil except a feeling of wind trapped under my ribs from time to time.
Initially a painless palpable lump in the groin area at the top of my left thigh. No other symptoms associated with this disease.
Loss of short term memory and extreme fatigue
EXTREME fatigue, shortness of breath, steroid myopathy, low WBC & RBC counts, anemia, night sweats,splenomegaly,etc.
Weight loss, night sweats, fevers, enlarged lymph nodes, cough
fever, sweating, articular pain
Extreme shoulder and chest pain.
Swollen lymph node below jaw bone, front of ear, right side of neck
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.
Painless mass under jaw, likely lymph node. Fatigue. Flu like symptoms at growth.
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.
Foot/leg would not heal just a small red spot.Nose just a sun spot melanoma. Foot leg first surgery 5/27/14 nose 10/21/14
Had a mole on leg that changed color within a year
Assymetry of Mole on Back
Mole that grew now shortness of breath
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.
Large tumor discovered during ultrasound for stomach issues. Not eating, feeling full and/or vomiting. Tumor was pushing on my stomach.
Passing blood in urine
Lost a lot of weight, abdominal pain, swelling and cramping of the legs, fatigue and a feeling of tiredness and blood in the urine
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 and left hip pain
none, Cancer was found after I had my gall blader removed.
None. Found incidentally.
Blood in urine Dec 2010, night sweats. Thought night sweats were due to peri-menopause, go figure.
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.
None. My cancer was found during a CT scan to make sure I didn't have an abcess from cellulitis in my navel/abdomen
Blood in urine, nausea (November 2007) Pain in abdomen (recurrence, February 2011)
Got lucky developed multiple kidney stones. Accelerated symptoms that usually do not materialize until later stages. Blood in urine and pain.
Pain in the back and fatique.
fatigue, night sweats, feeling cold during day, sharp pain in back
Shortness of breath.....seriously that was it!
none--tumor found while having an ultrasound for something else.
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.
tumor found while performing MRI for possible spinal stenosis from a prior injury.
flank pain, gross hematuria
Back and leg pain
Blood in urine and flank pain
fatigue, difficulty breathing, loss of hair, bleeding in my mouth
blood in my urine
Fatigue, Weightloss, Nausea, Loss of appetite
What Pancreas Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Abdominal pain from under breast to back
Fatigue, pain on left side, change in bowel (color, size) due to blockage. Jaundice right after diagnosis.
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.
Trouble urinating, jaundice
Jaundice was my only symptom.
back pains, unable to use the restroom, unable to sleep.
swollen & painful abdomen, pain in right lower back
Nausea, loss of appetite, loss of energy, depression
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.
Stomach/back pain, weight loss, fatigue
Had no deffinate symptoms just a pain in my lower abdomen doctors thought could be appendicitus, reoccuring heartburn which I suffered with for many years
Started with severe nausea and elevated blood sugars.
Initial jaundice, weight loss, some stomach discomfort
Abdominal Pain, back pain, dark colored urine(prior to stent), elevated billirubin, constipation
Severe pain in back and sides, Type II Diabetes, Weight Loss, blood clot
jaundice, itching, dark colored urine, weight loss
right side pain - thought was to be my gallgladder. Turn out two weeks later with all the testing I had done a mass was found in my pancreas and several cancerous leisons in my liver.
gastrointestinal problems, cramping etc
Loss of weight and stomach pain
abdominal pain when eating solid foods
Prior to stent: extreme nausea, fatigue, weight loss (15 lbs), back pain, jaundice, loss of appetite (unable to finish meals), abdominal pain, needing to take several anti-acids daily Present: back pain, feeling easily full, abdominal pain, increased appetite for potato pancakes!!!!!!
My mom started with Jaundice.
abdominal pain, loss of apettite, changes in skin color, dry skin
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.
Swollen node in neck left side. Left side mass at base of tongue with two nodes involved, no diagnosis yet
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
Tumor on back of tongue
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.
Didn't have any. That is why ovarian cancer is called the silent killer.
As they say "It" whispers...OVCA's symptoms are so vague and can be attributed to so many other mundane things that most women are not diagnosed until late in the game.
bloated lower abdomen, always felt full, exhausted, irregular peiods, digestion problems.
Weight Gain, aches and pains in my stomach, and feeling full all the time.
ovarian cyst, abnormal periods, bloating weight gain ,pelvic pain, swollen abdomen
Abdominal Bloating Back Pain Extreme Fatigue Feeling of fullness, unable to eat
I had none. I asked for a thorough checkup after my twin sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Sadly, I lost her in 2008.
weight loss, abdominal pain, constipation, bleeding, back pain, fatigue and anemia
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.
Bloating/ fluid in abdomen Back pain Seemingly unending fatigue
Painful intercourse, bloating, fullness, constipation, abdominal weight gain, severe lower back pain. Also in my left groin area I would get pain that caused difficulty with the left leg at times.
Just noticed a slight bump on the right side of my tummy one morning...
Lots n lots of belching, abnormal vaginal discharge, abdominal pain (thought my appendix had ruptured), bloating, foul smelling poop.
For 2-3 months I noticed that my belly was getting bigger. My belly buttom was tender to touch. I had frequent urination as well.
Extended abdomen, my doctor said it looked like I was pregnant or constipated... It hurt to lay down on my stomach, and when I pushed down on my stomach it hurt also
Irregular periods, feeling 'full' after very small meals, 'firm' lower abdomen, distended lower abdomen
Bloating and unable to eat alot.
heavy periods, abdominal pain, constipation, " pregnant belly "
Pain in abdomen that put me in the ER. Vomiting and nausea.
Slight ache by right ovary.
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.
Unexplained blood clots (DVT and PE).
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.
Abdominal pain, bloating.
What Thyroid Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
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
Felt pressure on throat like "tight turtleneck", July 2nd. Dr. didn't feel anything so probably just stress or acid reflux. Two weeks later could feel lump on right side. Ultrasound confirmed 2cm mass on August 2, 2010. Fine-Needle Biopsy on September 2, 2010 and the "call" on September 10, 2010.
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.
swollen neck, fatigue
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.
So tired I want to cry.
painless swollen neck lymph nodes, loss of appetite with 10 pound wt loss in 6 months
Sore throat, hoarseness, sometimes difficult swallowing (a "clicking" in my throat), fatigue, mood swings
FATIGUE THAT IS UNRELENTING. SEVERE BACK PAIN. A LOT OF CRYING. DEPRESSION. ANXIETY. MEMORY AND COGNATIVE ISSUES. WEEKENESS IN ARMS AND LEGS
I had some symptoms of hypothyroidism and had a palpable thyroid nodule.
tired all the time
Hair loss, Weight gain, Depression, Lack of sex Drive, Mood swings, nausea, Migraines
Swollen sore neck.
None that I thought seemed like cancer, except the large growth in the right side of my thyroid.
Parathyroid problems led to surgery and cancer discovery.
Sudden appearance of large lump in my neck is what started it all.
Chest pain and back pain from my gallbladder. Cancer was an "incidental" finding.
Lump on neck
Sudden itching and spreading pain in my left leg moving to my right arm within 12 hrs, then to my right leg, converting to extreme pain. Unable to sleep for over 36 hrs. Dr. expected brain involvement, ordered MRI. No indications of disease. Prescribed gabapentin, was like a miracle. I think because I could sleep. Symptoms abated for some time then returned. I went back to my PCP who had been on this the whole time. He sent me to a neurologist (who was awful) that ran a bunch of torture tests. He then sent me for an MRI of my neck. This is perhaps the best part of the story. When I met with him about the results he coldly said this is not neurological. Nothing else! I had an appointment with my PCP about two weeks later. Upon reading the report he said you have a large nodule on your thyroid (WTF). What a crappy doctor that neurologist was! Didn't say a thing or send a report to my PCP... My PCP went into high gear and ordered an Ultrasound, followed by a biopsy. Bad Findings, consult, and surgery. Great Surgeon, Dr. Glackin. Kind, Listens, Patient, Tender. Both Dr's PCP Levin and Surgeon Dr. Glackin visited and made sure orders were followed and I was comfortable after surgery and the next day. I thought that only happened on TV.
It's been about 4 years since i have been in and out of appointments trying to find out if i had anything wrong with my thyroid i have had about 4 biopsies and in the past they were all inconclusive. I don't know what other symptoms i have had but since August of this year 2010 i had horrible bronchitis in the middle of summer it lasted for about 4 weeks horrible cough's sore throat killer headaches and lack of appetite. Since them my life has changed when my bronchitis seem to go away i had horrible heart palpitations had to go into the ER because i got so scared from my heart palpitations i was put on High blood pressure medication Norvasc. After that i was very depressed crying all the time i had to change my medication. I then went in for a physical and my doctor felt a lump on the right side of my thyroid she sent me to and ENT and he sent me to yet another ultra sound and another biopsy. I had a follow up appointment with my ENT and he told me that i had hurthle cells and needed to get it checked and removed surgically. My world felt apart and from there on i was frighten to have a surgery done. But i managed to stay strong until now that my doctor told me i had to have everything removed due to thyroid Cancer. I have been trying my best but im a complete wreck.
Lump on the side of neck. Extreme anxiety. Mild hair loss
Two new nodules showed up on my five-year cancer CT for lymphoma. Subsequent ultrasound and then biopsies revealed papillary carcinoma. Total thyroidectomy performed 6/10/15, now starting the process for radioactive iodine ablation therapy.
None. Incidental finding on an MRI two months after shoulder surgery.
HAD MISDIAGNOSIS FOR 6 MONTHS UNTIL I TOOK X-RAY HAD A PROBLEM BREATHING GAVE SIGN SIMILAR TO BRONCHCAITIS......, SHORTNESS OF BREATH BEFORE DIAGNOSIS...DEVELOPED BLOOD CLOT WHILE TAKING TREATMENT IN 2011.....
What Stomach Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating.
nausea, weight loss, insomnia, vomiting, chronic back pain
Pain upper mid abdomen
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
weight loss, blood in Stool, fatigue abdominal pain lower back pain, loss of appetite
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.
weakness, trouble speaking and with daily activites
Throbbing headeache that started in March and got much worse.
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.
Tingling in his left ear.
Seizure, Vomiting, Full Body Pain, Double Vision
headaches, tired, forgetful, stopped texting, making mistakes with numbers at work, anger
headache, narrowed field of vision
Numbness on right side of body
Had 1 Seizure. MRI found BT, after surgery put on 1000mg of Keppra daily for cheap insurance.
Mom-horrible personality changes, weak, unstable gait, headaches Dad-nausea, headaches, early dementia onset
Nausea,memory loss, vision problems, ringing in ear, headaches, numbness in arm, weak and fatigue
headache, blurring vision, fatigue
Seizure and Headachesq
Pain, cunfusion, difficulty with speech, seizures, nausea
Major seizure led to discover and diagnosis, no other symptoms otherwise.
seizures, MRI showed grey mass on brain
can't control body movement, body balance, eyes problem
headaches, dizziness, slow thought process, collapsed
Migraines, very bad mobility and vision and severe sickness towards the time of diagnosis
Lost 40lbs, constant vomiting,major headaches, seizures.
What Multiple Myeloma Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
bone pain, fatigue
plasmacytoma on skull, tired, anemic, post stem cell transplant 6/26/15,hypercalcemia, just plain yucky and Kidney damage level 4
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
loss of appetite, fatigue, bone fracture, bone pain, shortness of breath, muscle mass loss, immune deficiency
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.
Multiple spinal compression fractures, fatigue, nausea, spike in M Protein
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
Bone pain, high calcium levels, Fatigue.
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.
My symptoms increased over a 6 mo. period I think. At first, from what I can recall, I started having bowel movements that were painful, including vomitting. I was tired all the time. As time progressed, my stools were pencil thin, and I would pass black blood clots at times. Near the diagnosis, my stools were watery daily, often bloody and painful with increasing vomitting. My stomach often felt like Pop Rocks were in it, just girgly feeling after I would eat, which led to loss of appetite. Currently, post surgery: tiredness, stabs of pain from nowhere, that were there BEFORE the surgery, achiness, loss of appetite, tired above all, no energy.
problems passing stools, some blood in stools, extended abdomen, feeling like I had a bladder infection, tired
I had none, just really tired and occasional stomach pain in different areas, occasional diarrhea or constipation
Some blood in stool
In 2012 a growth on my rectum, thought it was a hemorrhoid but wouldn’t go away. Very thin bowl movements.
diarrhea, bloody stool, weight loss
Blood in stool, pencil thin stools, rectal pressure - feeling as if not completely eliminated, lower pelvic area tenderness, tired, occasional rectal itching, cramping/and occasion lower abdominal pain.
none, allergist noticed blood loss and severe anemia, contacted GP who ordered tests.
one week of stomach pains and constipation
Constipation, irregular BM
at the beginning, just abdominal pain, nothing else. Took 2 years to diagnose.
Blood in stool, then indentation in stool. They call it ribboning. I had no other symptoms or signs.
Severe abdominal pain, fever and rectal bleeding
None - Was out for a days fishing in the Gulf when I about had a heart attack and had to have a stent put in (98% blockage) - the blood thiners caused me to have internal bleading, and stage 3 colon cancer was found. Good thing I had heart problems or it would have not been found before it had spread more.
None- I was in for a screening colonoscopy
Severe weight loss in very short time
Had IBS for many years and in 2010 felt bloated and pain in right side under ribs. Sept 2010 experienced 2 bouts of very bloody diarrhea in one day.
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.
Bloated, blood in stool, bleeding from rectum.
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.
Sister's (colon): abdominal pain, blood in stool, gasy feeling M-i-l: Shortness of breath that brought her to ER. Turned out t be fluid on lungs that tested positive for cancer cells. Further testing revealed primary site was ovaries.
Pre-diagnosis: very tired, flu like symptoms, blood in poop
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
Tiredness, loss of appetite, weakness
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.
Bleeding between cycles, fatigue, discharge
Bleeding and constant discharge. cramping pain in pelvic area with discomfort down the front of left thigh
cramping, fatigue, discharge
Bleeding after intercourse, prolonged periods, fatigue
Bleeding with a foul smell
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.
Stringy blood for about the last year. Always bleeding even after my period. Cramps hurt more the last 6 months. Very heavy flow with big clots.
first i thought i was just having irregular periods, then it progressively got worse. The hemorrhaging is absolutely horrible at this point. Have had hip and pelvic bone pain for a few months now. numbness and tingling in my toes. bladder pain.
fatigue, irritable, cramps
Heavy bleeding, big clots.
Abdominal pain, discharge with foul smell..and just a foul odor always. Lower back pain..pain during sex sometimes..really awful leg pain. Terrible pain with period an awful amount of clots. Plus this is weird but I have gained 30 lbs in the last year.
Short of breath, pain, fatigue, sadness
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.
Pains in groin bleeding during and after intercourse a weird "pressure" feeling.....pains in pelvic area.
spotting & bleeding after intercourse post menopausal fatigue & low back pain
Painful heavy periods. Period disappeared for 2 years then came back.I always just thought it came back when my daughter 1st started hers. I had been through a rough break up and put it down to stress when they stopped.
ugg prefer to forget, post coital bleeding. bf told my to go to a doctor for months but i thought it was from getting older... the reoccurance felt like very subtle fireworks of pain in my pelvis that slowly increased until i had pelvic and back pain continuously. i hoped the pains were pychosomatic. no such luck.
vaginal bleeding after sex, a period that didn't stop in March
Spotting after intercourse
heavy bleeding during and after intercourse
Bleeding after sex and a watery discharge.My periods became constant, however I had absolutely NO pain.....thought it was menopause.Imagine that......
Gastrointestinal distress, low back pain, pain with intercourse, bleeding with intercourse, irregular periods.
None initially-she has cramps she thought were part of Perimenopause
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.
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.
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.
Joint pain, persistent low-grade fevers, frequent ear and skin infections.
bruising ,tiredness breathlessness
Fatigue, sore throat, inflamed tonsils, recurring illness, flu-like symptoms. Very low WBC count.
abdominal pain, lower back pain, low blood counts, tiredness
infections, bleeding and bruising, extreme exhaustion
Sinus infection that would not go away
extreme fatigue,weight loss,flu like symptoms
flu like symptoms and brusing on my legs and ear lob
Several small infections, chronic cough, loss of appetite, anemia
bruising, shortness of breath, abdominal pain,
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.
Night sweats, couple funny turns, stomach cramps
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.
Flu like. Sinus infection did not go away.
Fatique, respiratory systems, fever and night sweats.
low hmgb, tiredness, trouble breathing
Fatigue, Joint pain and some petechiae (red blood dots).
Originally thought to be pnuemonia, extreme pain in legs and back
Blood spots on body and in mouth , fatigue , sweating , cough , bleeding
Weakness, headaches, lack of appetite and thirst. Some confusion.
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.
So tired I can sleep days away, never seem to run a temp but do get sweats. I won't call them night sweats because they sometimes happen during the day. My body aches mostly my shoulder, neck, back joints. Also, very dry and stuffy, headaches but mostly just want to sleep.
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.
Enlarged and oddly shaped right 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.
itching, change in bowel habits, thinning of stools, anal bleeding, bits hanging out like hemaroids, nerve pain down legs.
Started with itching first 6 months. I thought was a hemorrhoid. The last 6 months experienced excruciating pain after BM's and in between that lasted hours. Went to ER for severe pain was told I had anal fissures. Also my vagina swelled and started bleeding and wasn't my period. Thin stools and rectal bleeding.
Bleeding, pain, irregular bowel movements. This went on for about a year. I went to the doctor when I started to feel like it was affecting the rest of my body.Thought it was a hemorhoid.
Janury 3, 2005 - discovered an anal fissure while on vacation; went to clinic and was advised to put PrepH on it and check back with my doctor if it did not help. Fissure would not heal since that time and finally a biopsy was performed in 2009.
'Hemorroids' not responding to over the counter medication, general discomfort, small lump. I had an abnormal Pap test result in 1991 (CIN cell change, not cancerous) and had laser treatment. Given the link with CIN, HPV and anal cancer it seems that this could be related and been dormant for many years.
Indentation in stool along with blood, went away then came back. Itchy anal area which I had never had. Thought it was hemoroids. Loss of stool one day. Doc checked. Approx. 2cm mass. The ride began.
none. Hemorrhoid and an abscess that formed 2 days prior to hemorrhoidectomy
My symptoms came on fast, and resembled hemorrhoids--rectal bleeding and pain. Except, neither would go away with the use of over-the-counter remeies.
Anal skin tag...burning..itching...cramps....constipation ....tired
Bleeding, feeling full, pressure
Blood in bowel movements
skin tags, occasional rectal bleeding, rectal pressure, narrowing stools
bleeding, lump, protrusion from anus, extreme itching, pain. Thought it was a hemmoroid
A big, uncomfortable lump that I ignored for too long
bleeding and bloody stools.
Rash, uncontrollable bowels
I thought I had the worst hemorrhoid in America--popping out like a Jack-in-the-box, along with some bleeding.
Massive blood discharge followed by smaller discharges, Diaheara, discomfort and a long ago battle with anal HPV
bleeding, pain and lump in groin area
Anal cancer-- saw small mucous with a little blood in it in toilet no other symptoms
Slight bleeding for about 5 months. Thought it was a hemorrhoid.
Irregular bowel movements and symtoms of what i believed were hemorrhoids
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!
Weight loss, thin curved bowel movements
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
Pain and swelling
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.
Head aches impaired vision red eye
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, sinus infections, swollen neck
Headaches, mental confusion, vision changes, incontinence, memory problems, weakness, paralysis, problems remembering the words for things
Sustained hearing loss
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
Swollen lymph node, loss of taste and hearinf
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
Server abdominal pain (on the right side near navel), Chills, Uncontrollable Shaking, Persistent Nausea. Went to the ER and they determined it was appendicitis.
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)
Some weight loss and night sweats, sudden onset of mild anemia, GERD for many years
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.
Losing weight and food getting stuck mid way in the esophagus.
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.
enlarged cervical lymph node & "cystic" area in right side of neck, asymmetrical enlarged right tonsil
None, really. A lump in the neck and an enlarged tonsil.
Lump on left side of throat.
Swollen lymph node beside that I feel great.
Enlarged lymph node on the right side of my neck. No pain or other symptoms present.
Persistant sore throat that would not go away with antibiotics Blood in saliva.
Lump in left side of neck, benign biopsy, non urgent removal, unfortunately scc detected. Primary site left tonsil identified on PET scan
3 month PET Scan showed cancer on the soft palate and suspicious lymphnodes. 01/03/2011 Tumor on sternum, lung.
Found a lump in rt. side of neck one night at the dinner table. No other symptoms at all.
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.
Swollen lob in neck
Painful chewing, facial swelling, sore throat, difficulty swallowing. Ear pain.
Fatigue, swollen glands
small lump in throat and sore when swallowing.
Small lump on left side of neck
sore throat & I thought I had a swollen gland - cancer was right tonsil, lymph nodes and back of tongue
started with sore throat, then tonsilectomy, then came back that my husband had cancer
Misdiagnosed for 2 years...sore throat, feeling of something in throat, gagging. Diagnosed with reflux..UGHHHHHHHH- stage 4 when properly diagnosed.
Early in 2009, I noticed an extremely dry irritation in my throat that was constant. In April-May I noticed I was having difficulty swallowing. Found out in May that my right tonsil was enlarged.
he just looked for some reason in his mouth and found a lump.
Ear pain for apx. 3 years. Noticed swollen tonsil 3 months
ear ache, sore throat.
Swollen Left Tonsil still swollen after three rounds of antibiotics. No real pain - slight left ear discomfort/ itch - feels better when I swallow
Woke up one day while on vacation with a swollen neck and a bit of a fever. Both went away in a few days but a lymph node remained swollen. Went in for my annual physical shortly after I returned and my primary care physician gave me antibiotics and a referal to an ENT. Had a CT scan, then a Fine Needle Aspiration where they found abnormal cells, then a PET scan which confirmed the cancer.
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.
Had stage one cancer in May of 2012 with a complete hysterectomy. 95% cure rate. Unfortunately I am in the 5%. Had surgery 11/13/13 with tumor removal on bladder and bowel. Scheduled for chemo in January 2014
All I had was spotting for 3-4 weeks.
Post menopausal bleeding
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.
Blood in urine
Unfresh smelling discharge, then extreme pain in your gut
fatigue, post menopausal bleeding/discharge, swelling, occasional pain
rapid weight loss, pain, pressure , trouble urinating , weak , tired, loss of appetite .
Minor spotting after 15 years of HRT - I am lucky my Dr. did a biopsy! 6 more months and I would have been dead.
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.
SINCE JANUARY 2009 I HAVE BEEN EXTREMLY TIRED NEEDING NAPS TO GET THROUGHT THE DAY WAS USING PROVIRGIL..NOT SURE IF THIS WAS CANCER OR RESULT OF LIVING WITH CRONIC PAIN 12 MONTHS AGO I REPORTED A ODOR AND A WATERY DISCHARGE ...
Heavy bleeding, non-stop periods
heavy uterine bleeding with huge clots; bleeding between periods
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! >:(
Heavy bleeding, large blood clots, bleeding between periods, painful cramps
Blood spotting, very tired, enlarged tummy.
pain, nauseous, fatigue, joints and bone pain,
Heavy bleeding, large blood clots, bleeding between periods, painful cramps
Bleeding for a year - mostly spotting but several episodes of extremely heavy bleeding for one day, smelly discharge
bleeding and awful smelling discharge
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.
Excessive menstrual bleeding dismissed as symptom of PCOS
Unexpected vaginal bleeding, 10 yrs. post-menopause
Very heavy bleeding Abdominal pain Fullness Fatigue Edema
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
There was no symptoms, only until we decided to have a lump and back pain checked out and then by that time it had spread.
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
Small lump found in my abdomen - otherwise, happy and healthy
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
Swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck. Post surgery, official classification TX, N2b, M0
Loss of voice and a lump appearing at the back of my throat.
A simple sore throat
ear aches, sore throat, teeth aches
difficulty swallowing, pain in throat, ear side of head & removed all teeth
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
Sore throat tumor
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.
Lump on left side of my neck.
Found a nodule at the base of my tongue.
lesion at base of tongue. several lymph nodes involved
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.
Ulcer/lesion on right side of tongue that wouldn't heal.
Sore in back of tongue
Lesion on left side of tongue. Looked like a canker sore. Left ear pain.
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.
itchiness, back ache, pressure in chest/shortness of breath, night sweats
I actually didn't have any signs or symptoms. I woke up one day with a lump on my neck and we went from there.
With the Hodgkin’s I had a pain in my chest that I tried to ignore. When a guttural cough started, it was thought to be a bronchial problem. Four month later, I started feeling like I was literally drowning and could not get my breath, especially while lying down. I knew there was a deeper problem - but did not want to admit it. Before being diagnosed with the blood cancer I was feeling very dizzy and weak – I had such pain in my bones and knew something was wrong. This went on for months, but my doctor said I was just depressed … even with my history. It took a stroke for him to look deeper. The only way I can describe how I feel at times I feel as if my spine was drying out – or that I need a good oiling! When they did a spinal tap there was very little fluid. I think we need to listen to what our bodies are telling us and hopefully the doctors will too.
Enlarged, unusually hard cervical lymph node
Chest pains, tiredness.
I found a lump in my groin when I was 19 years old. It was diagnosed as a hernia. 8 months later I had surgery and the surgeon said "that's not a hernia."
Weight loss, Cough, Nausea
Small and large lump on the side of my neck. Fatigue, nerve pain and headaches.
Fatigue, grey pale skin, night sweats.
cough, high temperature, sweat at night, weight loss
Swollen Lymph Node above my clavicle and some fatigue
I found lumps in the left side of my neck. The lumps got bigger and I found more. I had some night sweats and fatigue.
painless cervical lymphadenopathy
Extreme fatigue, swollen lymph nodes in my neck, and rash on my torso.
Lump in left supraclavicular space, itchy, tired
i had pain in my arm pit, it felt like i had pulled a mussel. my armpit was on fire. then the lump showed up and grew rappidly.
enlarged left superclav. lymph node, some coughing
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.
extreme weight loss (85 lbs), horrible joint and muscle pain, collapsed lung
Asymmetrical neck swelling, drenching night sweats, fatigue, breathing problems.
Nagging cough and weird lump above my collarbone.
Swollen Lymph Nodes in armpits+ other things that could be explained away at this point..... Not yet Dx'd. I did have half my thyroid removed 4/2014. Benign.
Asymptomatic, supraclavicle lymph nodes, whole body itch, weight loss, fatigue,loss of appetide
Lump on neck
Lump in my neck, tired.
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, vommiting, sick, flu like symptoms, ear ache, my dog started acting really weird too. Increased heart rate, pale, dizzy, lazy, moody (idk) I actually don't know why I put up with it at all what the hell...
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.
Anemia, bruising, fatigue.
Fatigue, loss of vision, enlarged spine. persistent cough
tumor on neck
Extreme pain in back and ribs, high fever, fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness, loss of appetite, weight loss and the list goes on.
Got pneumonia twice and bronchitis multiple times from mid-January to my diagnosis and flight to Denver, CO to the hospital. Took four days of being in the hospital to actually get over that bout of pneumonia which had come back around St Patricks day after having felt better from when I had it in February. Also had a huge lump on my right peck that was bruised and nasty looking from very low platelet counts, other than that I felt a bit more fatigued than usual and having more trouble getting through my 10-14 hour work shifts when I didn't have trouble on the past when I got super long shifts like that.
body pain, vomiting, change in bowel habits
Fatigue,weakness,bone pain, splenomegaly, bleeding gums, swollen glands,night sweats, fever
Rectal bleeding and severe fatigue
Mass in chest
Persistent fatigue, weakness, fever, chills, weight loss, nose bleeds, bruising on chest arms and legs.
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.
Fatigue, dangerously low blood counts, prone to infection & bleeding
lower white cell count and low red cell count
What Appendiceal 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.
Pain, bloating, nausea, tired
What Uncategorized Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Bloating, digestive difficulties, loss of appetite.
Fatigue, very large inguinal lymph nodes
I started bleeding...knew that wasn't right because I had a hysterectomy seven years ago.
lymph nodes swollen all over my body tired and cold all the time have stomic pain and numbess only on right side of stomoic but it could just be i have an ovarin cyst on my left and right side of overaries
I had what I thought were very painful hemorrhoids,I kept treating them with hemorrhoid cream but nothing worked. Finally I went to see the doctor he said they would need to be removed . When It was time for the after care appointment Vickie my partner and I were told that it was anal.i have never had any pain relief since.
I'm post menopause and have had the feeling that I was going to start my period. (I haven't had one in 7 years). Both ovaries hurt, my back hurts, I feel bloated, fatigued and feel like I have a low-grade fever.
None/ tonsil stones prompted removal.
routine check-ups. routine check-ups. routine check-ups. the symptoms are vague and easily dismissed.
fatigue, loss of appetite
Enlarged nodes, cough, sinus symptoms, anosmia, chills
Mass on the palm of my right hand with slight pain. It is actually a tumor of the soft tissue.
Lately, vomiting and headaches, pain in my joins, some diarreia.
Enlarged lymph node in right underarm
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.
red flaky area on right side of nose
Pain / pressure in chest. Sweating, fainting, fevers, vertigo, throwing up. Fatigue. Bulging neck veins. Throat pain. Loss of voice. No energy. Couldn't sleep on left side. Shortness of breathe hard to get deep breath.
Found incidentally but in retrospect frequent urination and urgency, bloating, dizzy, weight gain, shortness of breath,
pain in breast & lumps
Bloating, bowel issues, thickening of abdomen, discharge
None except for the growths on my ovaries.
lump on neck
Sudden pain under right breast when trying to take a deep breath.
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
Unbelievably none, with the exception of high blood pressure
rectal bleeding, swollen lymph nodes in groin area
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