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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

Jeanne

Jeanne
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Thought it was hemroids...tried RX cream/suppositories, even something called rectal rocket
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Taking pills(xeloda) 2 x day only on radiation days. Mitomycin IV 1st day and 28th day of radiation treatment Some nausea/Anti nausea pills help

Sabina

Sabina
Bio: I was just diagnosed with vocal chord cancer stage 2 so far
Cancer Type: Larynx Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Vocal Chord
Cancer Symptoms: sore throat burning and ears hurting

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

Laurie

Laurie
Bio: I was diagnosed with cancer Dec. 2008. I thought I just was going thru the change of life. I also never went to the doctor and tried to hide what was going on. My cousin finally dragged…more
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: bleeding, clots, cramps, anemic.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: total Hysterectomy

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 was diagnosed in February 2011 - stage 3B anal squamous cell carcinoma with spread to the inguinal and abdominal lymph nodes. I first went to the doctors in April 2010 - they told me the little lumps were…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

Cindy

Cindy
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal cancer squamous cell
Cancer Symptoms: Anal skin tag...burning..itching...cramps....constipation ....tired
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Two groin nodes removed July 2, 2012 Anal skin tag removed Aug, 2012
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Starting Aug 27th 5FU and Mito C

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

Laura

Laura
Bio: I am a homeschool mom of four with three in college and one finishing highschool. I have been married 25 years. I was a very physically active runner, swimmer in great physical shape. I went for my first colon screening…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Weight loss, thin curved bowel movements
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: First week of treatment was dual with radiation. Received IV mitomycin drip for 1 hour with 5 day 24 hour power port 5fu 5th week same treatment. First treatment: nausea and severe mucositis limiting food intake. Second treatment wiped out wbc…more
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April 17, 2010

Laguna Niguel, California 92677

April 28

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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