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Texas Jeff

Texas Jeff
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: One big ole very leaky external tumor between my butt cheeks.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: None was required.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: June 28 - July 4. A single 1 hour mitomycin pump followed by 4 24/7 fluorouracil pump. I like to think that I got extremely lucky with side effects. I was seriously constipated the first 4 days and put on…more

Judy

Judy
Bio: I am a 48 year old living in Toronto and the mother teenage boys who are 15 and 18. Despite absolutely no symptoms and feeling the healthiest I had ever felt, I wasn't completely surprised by my diagnosis. I…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: None really - discovered in a routine colonoscopy performed ahead of schedule because I was worried about my family history of cancer.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1st round was delayed because they could not find a vein, so I had to have a pick line surgically put in for the full time and treatment was delayed a full week as a result. I developed a…more

Carmen

Carmen
Bio: After a year of shuffling from primary physician to gastroenterologists and hearing opinions from diverticulitis to internal hemorrhoids to anal fissures, I was finally diagnosed by the surgeon who did the biopsy with anal cancer. He told me he knew…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1/22/10: Outpatient surgery biopsy of anal canal and diagnosis; 2/4/10: Outpatient surgery colonoscopy; 2/5/10: Outpatient surgery place Medport; 2/9/10: Transvaginal CT scan of pelvis; 2/26/10: Primary - blood work, antibiotics, vitamin levels; 4/15/10: Surgeon followup; 4/26/10: Gastro followup; 6/1/10: Ultrasound…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2/8/10 - 2/12/10: 5-FU and Mytomycin. 3/8/10 - 3/12/10: 5-FU. Nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, weakness, late effect hair thinning.

Merrill

Merrill
Bio: I was diagnosed with Stage 3A anal cancer in September 2008, caused by HPV. I'm an artist and museum director (day job). I have a remarkable husband, who supports both my spirit and my flesh. My cancer journey continues to…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Cancer Symptoms: Rectal pain and bleeding. Told it was a hemorrhoid. Fortunately, I kept demanding to see the doctor.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: A chemo port was surgically installed just under my collar bone. After I completed 2 rounds of chemo and 7 weeks of radiation, my tumor was much smaller but still there. I switched hospitals from Jefferson Univ. in Phila. to…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: The standard for anal cancer: two rounds of 5FU & Mitomycin. Lost about half my hair. Very bad mouth sores and oral thrush, especially in the 10 days after infusions. Became neutropenic (big drop in the type of white blood…more

Michele

Michele
Bio: My name is Michele and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Anal Cancer in February 2010. I asked my OB-Gyn doctor to check what I thought was a hemorrhoid flare up at my routine pap smear visit, and discovered it…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the anus
Cancer Symptoms: Rectal bleeding, itching, sciatic pain. (thought my hemorhoid was acting up)
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Laminectomy and tumor removal of the metestatic sacral tumor. This was done microscopically (with a small spoon). Nov 2012 Wedge resection right lower lobe via thoracotomy.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2 rounds, 96 hours each week 1 and week 5 during radiation of 5-FU. Mytomycin-C first round only. Hairloss, nausea, vomiting, 30 pounds of weight loss. Recurrence 2013- 4 rounds of Cisplatin with 46 hours of 5-FU with each round.

Mayday

Mayday
Bio: I live on the outskirts of London with my partner our 14 year old daughter, 2 cats, 3 guinea pigs and 1 hamster. Used to manage social care projects then started an M.Sc in social work when the bombshell…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Originally 2 small hard lumps on the verge of the anus - itchy No blood, no constipation, no pain. Left for 1 year by medical profession. Since biopsy have grown and bleed and hurt. Inguinal lymph node swollen
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: To start on 4th April 2011

Cathy

Cathy
Bio: I'd describe myself as a fun-loving, active, wife, mother, home mortgage consultant. Been married to my husband 31 years in July, 2012. We've had a lot of fun. He's my rock. I have two fabulous children; Amber (30) and Sam…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal Cancer (Squamous Cell)
Cancer Symptoms: None really, but about 3 months before colonoscopy had some swelling and bleeding down there. Thought it might be hemorrhoids. If it happened a second time I was going to check it.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin and 5FU - 2 rounds

Rumpidito

Rumpidito
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Cancer Symptoms: Blood in bowel movements

Annabelle

Annabelle
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Three days of fresh dark blood
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Two cycles Week one Mitomycin C & 5FU(Flouracil) Week Five 5FU

Ginger

Ginger
Bio: Bleeding for 6 months and I turned my head. 2 rounds of chemo during six weeks of radiation. Treatment completed 12/11, clean scans. Having another scan in 2 weeks.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding for 6 months
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Port unplanted chemo came in a pump that I worn for 2 or 3 days. I had 2 treatments. Lost a little hair on the 1st round. The 2nd round I ended in the hospital for 8 days,…more
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April 17, 2010

Laguna Niguel, California 92677

April 28, 2010

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

Squamous cell

February 8, 2010

Stage 2

3.1 - 4.0 cm

No

It's terrifying

It's hard to get through

Listen, provide support, offer advice, PRAY

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Hoag Memorial Hospital Newport Beach, CA

April 28, 2010

Doctor and I thought my symptoms were IBS and/or hemorrhoid related. Change in frequency of bowel movements, pressure in the rectum, blood sometimes.

No Surgery

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