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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.

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

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

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

Jana

Jana
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Hemorrhoids- went to OB/GYN in Feb complaining of hemorrhoids. Then again in April with pressure she said hemorrhoids. Knew something was wrong so self scheduled with colo rectal doctor.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: May 16th colonoscopy - May 17th Path report - Anal cancer - constipation, itchy burning "hemorrhoid type" symptoms then pressure on vaginal wall
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5 FU - through port for 5 days June 6th and again July 5th - survived first dose with severe sore throat, mouth sores and rash. Dreading July 5th

Sharie

Sharie
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Rectal bleeding during bowel movements. Like most people here, I thought it was due to hemorrhoids since I've been plagued with them most of my adult life. I also never feel empty afterwards. I have had some fatigue and feeling…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: First Round: 9/3/2013 Received an injection (infusion?) of mitomycin, then was suited up with a mechanical pump, a bag of 5-FU, and an ugly, poorly designed fanny pack. I had to wear it for 5 days. Lots of nausea, no…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

Terbear

Terbear
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: 6 months of blood in stools, uncomfortable to sit, feeling of still having to go after going.

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
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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

No

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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