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Jill

Jill
Bio: I was diagnosed with breast cancer on September 26, 2005 and again on May 29, 2009, two time survivor. The months following the diagnoses were the hardest on me, my world totally changed. Now that I have recovered I hope to make it easier for a few people by creating this network of cancer survivors through blogging. My background is…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: I found a lump in my left breast while putting on my bra that snaps in the front. I don't think I would of found this if it wasn't for the placement of it being so close to the edge of my breast and close to the snap. I also would feel a tingling sensation in the area every now…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: My first surgery was on September 22, 2005 where I had a lump in my breast removed. I got the call on September 26th that is was cancerous. My second re-excision surgery was on October 5th. The cancer reoccurred and was found on May 29, 2009. I am scheduled to have a mastectomy on Thursday June 11, 2009.

Denise Hall

Denise Hall
Bio: Single Mother of Three, Pamela 23, Emily 19, and RandyII 11, and a Grandmother of a beautiful Grandson Joshua 4 months. A special man in my life, Joseph, helps me to keep opening these eyes every morning...Diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma on December 13, 2004..Left Mastectomy, sentinal node biopsy, 0/3..8 rounds of chemo, and 34 radiation treatments..tissue expander at time…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Found a lump on upper left breast
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Left mastectomy - January 19, 2005
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 8 rounds - 4 A/C - 4 Taxol Hair loss on 13th day, bone pain from Taxol, rhematoid arthritis outcome

Bev Gillihan

Bev Gillihan
Bio: Hi, I'm a 60+ Great Grandma, Mother of four and a breast cancer survivor. What I am having trouble surviving are the side effects of cancer treatment.... THE THINGS YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T TELL YOU! The nasty little surprises that attack you when you least expect them. We've been through the diagnosis, the tests, the surgeries, the chemo and radiation. We've woke up with…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: In Layman's Terms: A rapidly Growing, Dirty Tumor
Cancer Symptoms: Lump

Jacquelyn Hill

Jacquelyn Hill
Bio: Two Time Breast Cancer Survivor.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Breast Cancer

Rhonda Michelle

Rhonda Michelle
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: hpv virus/cerivcal cancer
Cancer Symptoms: I had spotting at first, which I ignored, until bleeding was heavier, especially during sex, I also started gaining weight..when I was always little. I always thought you lose weight when sick, the weight didnt start falling off until chemo came into the picture
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: I did 6 wks chemo and five weeks radiation. I had to do radiation every weekday for five weeks. I did chemo five times, it was every Monday for three hours. I would not do the port they put in your chest, I took and Iv in the arm. They gave me two bags saline solution, one bag steroid and…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: I couldnt eat as much as I thought I would be hungry. Most food tasted terrible. I was able to watch much tv. I never watched tv since I was a kid. I am an active outdoor person, I felt it made me become lazy. lol I got the flu, lowered my immune system, however my red blood cell count…more

Kelly Gullo

Kelly Gullo
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Found a lump at the age of 38
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects:
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Four months of dose-dense chemotherapy along with a shot of Neulasta after each session.

Lilly01

Lilly01
Bio: this is the story of a battle that seems to be never ending. I thought I had it licked, the docs said this typw of cancer was very slow growing and no need for chemo or radiation. Well, I had a mastectomy with a tram flap procedure. That should have taken care of all the cancer,…more

Shirl

Shirl
Bio: I have Follicular Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and here is my story: "Kitty-cat, Kitty-cat" That was what I thought I heard while lying in bed one morning. It was a sunny October morning in 1985..."Kitty-cat, Kitty cat"..I heard it again! It was in a little whisper of a voice coming out of my son CJ's nursery. (His little nursery was actually a small little…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular NHL, CD20 positive (Neck, chest, abdomen, Pelvis)
Cancer Symptoms: Enlarged lymph nodes, Tired, depression, some pain, hair loss, neuropathy, blisters from the doxil, memory loss, sleeplessness, my blood sugar is on the whack other than that I'm GREAT!
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Biopsy's (lymph node and bone marrow)
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Rituxan 2001, Rituxan CHOP 2002, Rituxan 2003, TRM-1 (clinical trial) 2004-2005, Rituxan/Doxil 2006-2007. I have never reached a remission "yet" still hopeful!

Dr. Burwell

Dr. Burwell
Bio: Hi there, I am a researcher at The University of Georgia and I study the impact of breast cancer on younger women and their families. I need help finding younger women and their spouse/partner to complete these surveys so that I can better understand some of the psychosocial issues and needs that follow breast cancer diagnosis. I'm attaching the…more

Kelly

Kelly
Bio: My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer about 7 years ago at the age of 50 after he ate a bag of peanuts at the Angels/Yankees ballgame. The bag of peanuts caused him to bleed and lead to a colonoscopy. After a "successful" surgery to remove half of his colon, the cancer returned 7 years later in his…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: and Thyroid Cancer

Kelly Gullo

Kelly Gullo
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms:
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects:

Allie

Allie
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2

Chelle Jones

Chelle Jones
Bio: Hello, my name is Chelle Jones and I have brest cancer Stage 4. Been alot and learned alot about myself and others thru this thing. It will almost be a year since I was told I had breast cancer Oct 18,2006. Since then I have 12 rounds of Chemo (and a heart attack with first chemo) double breast surgery on…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive ductal breast cancer right breast
Cancer Symptoms: Found lump in right breast.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Double breast surgery June 19, 2007 with 34 lymph nodes removed. 31 were positive.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 12 rounds of chemo

Kelly B

Kelly B
Bio: 2001 Chondrosarcoma removed from spine hardware put in 2003 Adopted wonderful son from Russia 2007 Hurthle Cell Carcinoma removed from thyroid present clean and clear so far!!
Cancer Type: Bones and Joints Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Chondrosarcoma and Hurthle Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Back pain
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2001 resection of vertebre involved and rods inserted

Kelly

Kelly
Bio: I am a stay at home mom of two teen age daughters. 38 years old and married for 21 years. I found my lump(right breast)self exam, in 05. It showed in mammogram. Obgyn says to wait and watch for 6 months. No family history. In 06,I noticed changes in appearience-an indent,I was scared.What else would make an indentation? Meanwhile,my husband…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive well differentiated ductal carcinoma with lobular differentiation.
Cancer Symptoms: occaisional sharp pains(in right breast). throbbing-from rt.shoulder to my fingertips.Gradual increase in size of lump while forming an indentation.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Oct 3rd/07 Lumpectomy,sentinial node disection(none envolved)
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Jan 22/08 *Just Started CAF (Cytoxan,Adriamycin,Fluorouracil-5-FU) dose dense - 2 week x 4 cycles. *Taxol + Herceptin for 6 to 8 months

Carrie Davis

Carrie Davis
Bio: I'm a 45-year-old mother of two, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in November 2007. I live in the Seattle area with my husband and youngest daughter. My life beyond cancer involves breeding and showing AKC beagles under the Talbot Hill kennel name.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: I had no symptoms. Chest pressure and shortness of breath due to iron deficiency anemia resulted in the CT scan that found my tumor.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Partial Gastrectomy, Vagotomy, Pyloroplasty in October 2008 to remove tumor and adjacent lymph nodes.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Rituxan x 4 in December 2007. R-CVP x 6 from March 2008 through the end of June 2008.

Erik T Marinelli

Erik T Marinelli
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 2A nodular sclerosis

Kellye

Kellye
Bio: Previous joined this blog when m-i-l was diagnosed with ovarian cancer back in 2008. Last week April 12, 2012, my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer. She had ignored symptoms since October, thinking it was stress related. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Feb of 2008. She elected to not have any treatment other than care…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: 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.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Sister: Scheduled for colon resection and hysterectomy 4/20/12. M-i-l: Numerous paracentesis and filter for blood clots.

Shelly Bryant

Shelly Bryant
Bio: 47 single mom of 3 young children. I am to be a breast cancer survivor. I am to have my surgery next week followed by 4months of chemotherapy. I have alway thought my best feature was my hair and always wanted larger breasts. Now that I face a mastectomy my breasts are beautiful in their smallness and soon I will…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinona Stage II
Cancer Symptoms: None. Absolutely nothing. I work a 60 hour work week and thought fatigue was inherent to the job.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: I was told today, I must have a rt mastectomy with lymph node resection.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Pending. I have only been told of what the drugs of choice will be and I can plan on being bald.

Melissa Ball

Melissa Ball
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: ductal carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: I felt a lump in the shower and I was concerned and had it checked out. Turns out it was positive for breast cancer
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mastectomy on right 8/05 gamma knife on right brain tumor 11/07 removal of right brain tumor 4/28/08
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 10/05-08/06 adriamyacin, very weak

Tami

Tami
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: IDC & DCIS
Cancer Symptoms: None, found on routine mammogram
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lumpectomy,with sentinal node biopsey followed by re-excession to obtain clear margins.

Paul Coverdell

Paul Coverdell
Bio: So after 2 yrs in Berlin, 3 yrs in southern Germany, 5 yrs in Belgium and 3 years in Kosovo We have finally returned to the US to live. No more jumping around Europe. We have settled just outside of St. Louis Missouri (in Illinois) to be close to family. Mackenzie (8), Emma (6), and Keira and Kylie(3) are adjusting…more
Cancer Type: Eye and Orbit Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Choroidal Melanoma
Cancer Symptoms: Blurred Vision slight headache
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mid July ?

Dawn

Dawn
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Mucinous carcinomo
Cancer Symptoms: Bloody nipple discharge from one breast only. Tenderness with (initially) no palpable or detectable (except by MRI) tumor.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: In the long run? Probably worse than any of the rest of the ordeal. I HATED losing a breast. Especially the nipple. No reconstruction can restore that, regardless of what plastic surgeons can do to create a fake one. Oh, and it was performed on my 44th birthday in Dec. 2003, which didn't help matters any.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Dec. 19 2003 - Feb. 27 2004. First-line, dose-dense chemo. Taxotere, Cytoxan and Adriamycin. Horrible horrible horrible. Felt godawful (aching fatigue unrelieved by sleep, and absolutely no energy) for years afterwards. I don't think I'd do it again.

Wm (BILL)Richno

Wm (BILL)Richno
Bio: Wm (Bill) was diagnosed Feb 17,2005. He went through a long hard battle with small cell lung cancer it was only about well he past Sept 9 2005, Dad married mom (Shirley) Oct 1 1966 but been together since 7th grade. Let me tell you I have never known such a strong man that would let his illness put him…more
Cancer Type: Lung and Bronchus Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: small cell lung cancer (terminal)

Bill Brogdon

Bill Brogdon
Bio: Just found out today after I has surgery last week to remove a cyst...at the time is was diagnosed as Branchial Cleft Cyst...but after the pathology came back they found cancer cells on the outside of the tumor so I am just starting. My wife was diagnosed in Oct 2007 with Pancreatic/Liver cancer. She is stage 4 and under Hospice…more
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Cystic Metastatic squamous
Cancer Symptoms: Not sure as of yet

Lilly

Lilly
Bio: Hi I am Mum to two boys, to eldest being 20 and the youngest being 7, quite an age gap, I know! I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer five years ago in 2003, I was 34 years old. Since then I have had three major surgeries, radiation therapy, three lots of chemo, one clinical trial and I had…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: colorectal cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Really bad sciatic nerve pain, swollen tummy, swollen ankles, swollen body actually.

Tara

Tara
Bio: 30-something Punk rock horse-riding Eco-chick - never thought I'd be fighting cancer at this young age :(. Actor/environmental scientist There's too damn much cancer especially among young adults and I am convinced it is due to excess pollution/hormones/chemicals etc. in our environment! :(
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Endo-Cervical Adenocarcinoma (started in womb;spread to cervix)
Cancer Symptoms: 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…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: felt sick all the time, metal icky taste, neuropathy, ruined joints >:( bone pain

Sherry

Sherry
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Surgery was not an option

Chad Darnell

Chad Darnell
Cancer Type: Testicular Cancer

Diane

Diane
Bio: hello to all, my name is diane lets see, iam a mother,grandmother,a poet,musician and artist love to read,walking mediation and spend quality time with family and friends was diagnosed with colon/rectal cancer stage 3 on september 18,2007,after spending all last winter in treatment and finally,omg spring came,survival is wonderful!! just completed treatment June of 2008,and right now iam inb remission and recovering…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: colon/rectal
Cancer Symptoms: constipation, loose stool, abdominal pains, weight loss,
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: initally went in to have colonectomy but came out with a colostomy at this point i was damn glad to be alive the shock of it all came later on!
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: f5u-dec/07 to june/08 side effects the works!! mouth sores,nausea,fatigue,on and on!

Michelle

Michelle
Bio: would love to talk with anyone of same type,,,,or that is going it alone, (widow and orphan here as well as ehildless..im 44 and get so little s upport in this rural area where i live a few good friends are better than none i guess. i am a teacher and work in a crab shack in the summer…more
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: adenom
Cancer Symptoms: were really none , during invitro process before they transfer they look around,, saw polyps and the one dr came back and said "yu wont be having twins, yo have cancer and we need to worry about saving your life"
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: attempted hyster in oct-- endometriosis too involved too risky tocomplete -- closed and hoped other options would work

Allison

Allison
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Nagging cough and weird lump above my collarbone.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mediastinoscopy, Jan. 30, 2009; Port-A-Cath implanted Feb. 9, 2009.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: ABVD, started Feb. 13, 2009.

Ellen

Ellen
Bio: If you ever read anything, please READ THIS. I was diagnosed with Anal Cancer. The cause?? HPV. Now, let me tell you that I was told back in 1990 that I had HPV from a papsmear. So I had the cells frozen and have had CLEAN papsmears ever since. I thought HPV was dormant…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: I had rectal bleeding for 2 months and was told by a doctor it was hemmorhoids but that if it didn't stop in a month, to get a colonoscopy. She was a great doctor. Saved me because there is no spreading to any lymph nodes
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Starting a 5 day pump next week.

Cindy

Cindy
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Metastatic Papillary Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Small sore throat, cough and raspy voice.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 11/08 Total Thyroidectomy and 25+ lymph node removal 6/09 Para-tracheal, bi-lateral and right neck dissection

Chelleperk

Chelleperk
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Cancer Symptoms: had a bloating in her stomach
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 11/18/08

Billie Jean

Billie Jean
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding after sex and a watery discharge.My periods became constant, however I had absolutely NO pain.....thought it was menopause.Imagine that......
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Not an option......
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Tirapazimine and cisplatin for 6 weeks...Metal taste in my mouth towards the end and thrush in my mouth for a couple of weeks which subsided with medication.

MARY ELLEN BOWMAN

MARY ELLEN BOWMAN
Bio: 57 YEAR OLD MOTHER OF 3 TAMMY 25 JIMMY 20.5 RACHEL ROSE 18 MARRIED FOR THE 4TH TIME YEEKS TO DAVID MARRIED FOR 10 YEARS AFTER MEETING ON LOVE AT AOL.... I WAS HIT BY A DRUNK IN 2003 SO HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH CRONIC PAIN, LEAKING BLADDER AND IRRITABLE BOWEL FOR 6 YEARS TRYING TO MEND MY ANKLE I GOT A "CORTIZONE SHOT"…more
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: ENDOMETRIOD ENDOMETRIAL ADENOCARCINOMA
Cancer Symptoms: 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 ...
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 6/24/09 ROBOTIC HYSTORECTOMY not too bad..pain pills take away pain i was up and walking in 24 hours ..was told 4 days after bladder was nicked and that was more of a problem than anything else..HEALED IN 28 DAYS bowels were working in 4 days...some gas and discomfort before a movement but livable EXACTLY 5 WEEKS LATER I FELT PERFECT...
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: INITIALLY TOLD NONE NEEDED 7/6/09 MY DOCTORS REISDENT CALLED AND SAID NONE NEEDED BUT AT THIS POINT I DO NOT TRUST MY DOCTORS AND WILL SEEK NEW HELP SURGERY 8/6/09 REMOVAL 27 NODES NO CANCER...SO NO CHEMO WILL BE NEEDED

Shelley

Shelley
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: pappillary
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: removed rightside of my thyroid because of a large goiter ( multi nodule cyst).Now Imust go back for second surgery. wanting to get a 2nd patholgy test ???

Colleen

Colleen
Bio: In Oct. of 08 I started having trouble breathing but i didn't think much of it i thought it maybe I needed to exercise It started getting worse so in Nov. I complained to my Dr. He listened to my breathing & said he heard nothing & sent me home. In Dec. It was much worse so I complained &…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Metastatic Adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: pleural effusion
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: lumpectomy On Sept. 15 2009. Bilateral Salpingo oophorectomy. Pain not too bad went away after a week or so.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Abraxane & Avastin Both drugs on week 1 just Abraxane on week 2 Both drugs on week 3 week 4 I get a break. The chemo went that was for 4 months now I get a ct scan of the chest then he decides if I need more chemo or we start the hormone therapy. My oncologist decided…more
Death Date: July 22, 2013
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Maria Hidalgo

Maria Hidalgo
Bio: 43 years old mom of 3. fought breast cancer 4 years ago. It has come back in my liver, lung, and bone.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: had some aches and pains in lower back.

Erin Sullivan Wagner

Erin Sullivan Wagner
Bio: I was diagnosed with stage 1 anal cancer in January 2008. My only symptom was bright red blood on the toilet tissue after a bowel movement. This happened several times over a 4 week period. My gynecologist felt the tumor while doing a rectal exam, and scheduled a colonoscopy. The tumor was biopsied and it was determined that there were…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: bright red blook on the toilet tissue several times over one month's time
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5FU infusion for 96 hours the first and last week of radiation. Mitomycin the first day of radiation and the first day of the last week of radiation through a PICC line

K

K
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Matastic, invasive poorly differentiated Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Lump on left side of neck
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Husband found lump on neck 11/08. Jerked around by ENT surgeon for 6mths. 6/29/09 lump,diagnosed as a branchial cleft cyst, was removed. The cyst was actually a lymph node and they removed a 2nd cyst Still has 2x3cm tumor on base of tongue.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: cysplatin

Jill

Jill
Bio: I'm 50 years old, a Lieutenant with the California Highway Patrol, a former high-school English teacher, a triathlete, and a warrior battling breast cancer. I live on a ranch with my wife, step-son, and collection of animals: 15 goats, 1 sheep, 2 llamas, 3 mini pot-belly pigs, 1 standard donkey, 2 mini-donkeys, 3 dogs, 3 standard horses, 3…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive ductal carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Found a lump in my left breast.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Double mastectomy with no reconstruction on August 11, 2009. I had a very good surgical experience. No real side-effects other than some persistent numbness around the two large scars, encompassing my entire chest. I was very fortunate to have been competing in triathlons prior to my surgery - it allowed my body to respond very well.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Infusion #1 - 09-22-09. Severe joint pain in lower back, knees, and ankles. Intense nausea. Infusion #2 - Intense nausea. Severe joint pain. Darkening of my fingernails. Severe headaches. Infusion #3 and #4 - Intense nausea lasting my entire two week cycle. Headaches. Continued darkening of my nails. Taxol infusions #1-12 - Slow physical changes to my finger…more

William

William
Bio: 65, retired teacher, told i had liver cancer about a month and a half ago.
Cancer Type: Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct

Ellen

Ellen
Bio: 45 yr old woman live/work NYC breast cancer in 1995 with a double mastectomy, reconstruction. I had highdose chemo, radiation and an autologous bone marrow transplant. I was a support group leader for newly diagnosed young women and also led groups called 'intimacy After Breast Cancer". You can visit my blog at www.intimacyafterbreastcancer.blogspot.com. I am passionate in…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Cancer Symptoms: palpable lump, nipple discharge
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: double mastectomy and reconstruction 1995
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: high dose 1995

Michelle

Michelle
Bio: My name is Michelle. I am from Canada and I am trying to be strong for my partner right now. He is a 32 year old male and is a cancer survivor. He had a brain tumor at the age of 8 that was successfully removed and he survived radiation. We have been together for ten years and we have…more
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: A lump in the throat.

Diane Bell

Diane Bell
Bio: i actually dont have cancer, but my 63 yr old mom who lives with me does. she was diagnosed in feb 2008 with stage 4 colon cancer. she had a colon resection with a liver wedge biopsy. she also had 8 out of 10 lymph nodes positive. she had 12 rounds of chemo and seemed to…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: constipation
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: colon resection with liver wedge biopsy 2/2008 severe anemia
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: severe dehydration, potassium def. diarrhea

Chelle

Chelle
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1

Betty Guillen

Betty Guillen
Bio: As a girl I always got bad headaches...mirgraines...and honestly never gave cancer a second thought. I figured I would be dealt an aneurysm and it would be it. Now here I am at age 55 and I have metastatic breast cancer...who knew! I did deep inside...once Mom got Non-Hodkins' Lymphoma and Dad got Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma...my turn would…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Metastatic Breast Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Lump and indention at breast site
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lumpectomy on 7/23/09 no bad side effects from surgery.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: First chemo session on 8/26/09 almost killed me...second session on 9/16/09 virtually no side effects other than no taste.

L'Belle

L'Belle
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: final result- Hurthle Cells arcodima (begnin) and seven lymph nodes' removal
Cancer Symptoms: Occassionally strep-like feeling on each side of throat for nine years. I thought it was the weather's change. That's pretty much it. I had cancer scare for two months before surgery/final result. The biopsy came up with many 'possible', 'might', 'maybe' with all names of cancer cells. *UPDATE* Do not ever rely on biopsy results until after the post-surgery result.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: **update** had TT and the surgery was successful. I advice you to sit back and observe this site first before the final result then you can ramble on. I did ramble on thru cancer scare before final result so I regret it. If it comes up negative, you won't get over the cancer scare for the rest of your life. Mark…more

Bill

Bill
Bio: 50 year old construction superintendent and writer, guitar player and husband, father and grandfather! My wife is an 8 year survivor so far of Hodgkins Lymphoma. My oldest daughter and I ran our first marathon for Team In Training. San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon!
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma

Shelley

Shelley
Bio: Friend of 47 year old man just diagnosed with Squamous Cell Basaloid Anal Cancer, and unrelated prostate cancer.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Basaloid
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin and 5-FU. 75% of standard Mito dose on 1/4 due to elevated creatinine levels. Standard 5-FU dose over 5 days through chest portacath.

Allyson

Allyson
Bio: Hi, I am a 40 year old professional women in Austin Texas. I do not have cancer myself, but am dealing with a recent diagnosis that my 71 year old mother has colon cancer. Of course as most cancer patients and their families are, we are confused and to do not know what to expect or how to help…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Scheduled for Mid January

Olivia

Olivia
Bio: I just graduated from my master's degree and started to work in a service oil company for three moths when I broke my left femur. Later on that day I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Apparently the tumors have spread to my ribs and femur that caused the destruction on those bones. Now I'm done with chemotherapy and radiotherapy but…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Diffuse large B cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: night sweats, back pain, fever, weight loss, lump on my neck, ribs destruction.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Dec 19th 2008 lymph node removal for biopsy, bone marrow biopsy.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R-Chop, eight sessions one every 3 weeks. Side effects: nausea, loss of appetite, some muscle aches, hair loss, effected my eye sight - had to wear eyeglasses since the 4th chemo.

Davies Millzo

Davies Millzo
Bio: 41 year old male non smoker had tonsil cancer in summer 2007 now thankfully in remission,what a horrible phrase eh? but a great one to hear from your doctor!! running the virgin london marathon this year seeing how i can do that with the dry mouth should be fun i had stage three treated in the UK chemo and radio treatment…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Cancer Symptoms: small lump found whilst saving no more than that from that the journey began as they say
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: removal of lump and lymph node followed be tonsil removal side effects slight neck stiffness worse in cold weather also went for the perg tube early on which did help
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 3 heavy does of cisplatin thankfully no hair loss or sickness just some constipation which was a pain oh and some weight loss

Stephanie

Stephanie
Bio: My name is Stephanie. I'm 26 years old and I was diagnosed with Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma on 1/20/10. My diagnosis came after 2 years of state healthcare level treatment for hypothyroidism and countless tests. It was as though the professionals refused to believe that I could have anything other than what the had originally diagnosed, cancer. My main motivation…more
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Goiter for 2 years and rapidly growing lymphnodes, uncountable until the cut me open.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: TBA

Trina

Trina
Bio: I am the daughter of a cancer survivor. I am looking for some information to help my Father with his constant bouts of constipation over the past 10 years. He was diagnosed with Rectal cancer in 2000, he had surgery to remove the tumor and reconstruct his rectum. Never had any chemo and has had problems with…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1

Kellie P.

Kellie P.
Bio: - February 12, 2005: My endocrinologist noticed that my thyroid gland was noticeably swollen. An ultrasound showed two thyroid nodules. They had increased in size since my last visit when I would receive routine checks on my thyroid. At that point, they had been previously sampled on a routine basis, and showed no cancerous results. I was…more
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Papillary and Follicular Carcinomas
Cancer Symptoms: Swollen neck, trouble swallowing. Thyroid Gland Right Lobe: Papillary carcinoma 5 mm focus near one pole. Follicular adenoma predominantly macro-follicular type, 4.0 cm. Thyroid Gland Left Lobe: Papillary carcinoma 1.2 cm. Follicular carcinoma 5.0 mm. Follicular adenoma macrofollicular type 3.2 cm diameter.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: June 9, 2008: Subtotal Thyroidectomy August 21, 2009: Substantial Thyroidal Mass Surgery

Michelle

Michelle
Bio: I'm fom Northern Virginia - I have a wonderful husband and two young children. I've walked this cancer walk before but last time it was for my son who was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor back in 2004. I thank God that he has had clear MRI scans for five years now - and I realize from that…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: irregular bowel movements for 6 months, then bleeding that landed me in the ER needing two pints of blood.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Thorasic Surgery on April 13th, 2010. -Confirmed metastisis:( Rectal surgery was on May 11, 2010. reconnect of the rectum, reversal surgery tbd .... Port surgery June 2010
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Xeloda, taken during my radiation treatment (adjunct therapy) Started Folfox the last week of June 2010

Bill

Bill
Bio: I had tonsil cancer 30 months ago. Been fine since then. I was really lucky. They were able to just cut it out. Not I am afraid the bad C is back. I am waiting to hear from the doctor. I am really keeping my fingers crossed at this point.
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: large lump
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: tonsillectomy

Kellie

Kellie
Bio: I am 23 year old female. Diagnosed a year and 7 months ago with cervical cancer.
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: None, didn't find out until I had an abnormal pap in 2008.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: leep procedure, no major side effects just discomfort, back to normal after a day.

Colleen

Colleen
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma (stage 1), and ovarian papillary serous sarcoma
Cancer Symptoms: heavy periods and unusual discharge, no evidence of ovarian cancer - found that nice surprise during surgery - thank God I pushed for surgery...
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: April 7, 2010 - radical hysterectomy with lymph node and omentum removal. Ovarian cancer discovered in surgery. Surgery recovery was very easy for me.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: First chemo carbo/taxol on May 7th. so far, a bit of joint and bone pain, nothing else

Kelly

Kelly
Bio: I am currently taking care of my beloved Dad, who was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on January 29, 2010. I refuse to give up, and for that, he has said that I have become his reason for fighting this cancer.
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Jaundice was the only symptom Dad showed.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Dad had a Whipple procedure on 2/15/10. The tumor was completely removed along with 12 lymph nodes (only one tested positive). His side effects have been pain, nausea, gas build up, bile build up and hiccups which caused him to start throwing up the bile so bad he had to go to the ER. Finally found the…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Chemo once a week from 4/2/10 to 6/01/10: Was tired the next day with small "blah" moments.

Theaverills

Theaverills
Bio: I am a wife of a stage 3c Testicular cancer survivor. My husbands fight started in Feb 08 and is still just hanging on to being cancer free each month. We surive on laughter each and every day, knowing life is to short to look back and say what if.
Cancer Type: Testicular Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Metastatic nonseminomatous germ cell choriocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Back pain, testicual soreness
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Orchiectomy, RPLLND June 08' Loss of Right Kidney, hospilized for most of June and July. Abdomon fulid build up, TPN, high heart rate (150 resting)
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Bleomycin, Etoposide, Cisplatin (BEP) 4 cycles Side Effects: Blood clots, low blood pressure, fever, neuropathy, vomiting, nausea, hair loss, weight loss

Allie's Daughter

Allie's Daughter
Bio: My 74-year-old mother was diagnosed with possible primary peritonial cancer in January - 2010. The diagnosis is still not clear, but is treated as ovarian. Pathology showed that her left ovary was cancerous as well as a pre-cancerous disease of her uterus.
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: papillary serous adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Bloating and nagging abdominal ache
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: February 10, 2010 - Surgery went extremely well...removed all visible signs of cancer from diaphragm, liver, colon, as well as omentum and complete hysterectomy. Appendix came out as well (seems to be the protocol). My mother became very depressed and was given anti-depressants.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: First Chemotherapy was Monday, March 29, 2010 - The only medical side effect was a very red face in reaction to the steroid in one of the preparatory drugs. Main side effect was pronounced "blues". Mom stayed on the couch for three days and ate very little.

Nicole Hall

Nicole Hall
Cancer Symptoms: 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

Dee

Dee
Bio: I am a primary peritoneal stage IIIC survivor of 3 years but have had a recurrence now. The cells showed up on my liver this time and one up against my spine. I am looking to talk to folks who are going through treatment, having side effects and anything else that is supportive.
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Primary Peritoneal Serous
Cancer Symptoms: Constipation, diahrrea, bloating, weight gain, feeling full quickly.. etc...
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Cancer debulking with all the works...
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Taxol/Carbo IV 2 rounds 21 days apart Taxol/Cispatin IP 8 rounds done day 1 day 8

Kim

Kim
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Poorly Differerentiated Carcinoma Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: 3 month PET Scan showed cancer on the soft palate and suspicious lymphnodes. 01/03/2011 Tumor on sternum, lung.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Biopsy showed cancer right soft palate. Radical Neck Dissection 06/07/2010. Extreme pain. 2 of the 32 Lymphnodes show cancer and 1 lympnode show cancer broke out of the lymphnode. Biopsy of the sternum 01/2011.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Carboplatin 08/06/2010. Mild Fatigue. Carboplatin 08/26/2010. Radiation recall. Carboplatin 09/16/2010. Neck is tightening due to radiation recall. Alimta erbitux Low Platelet 10/07/2010 Carboplatin, Taxotere,5FU 01/2011 n 02/2011.
Death Date: August 27, 2012
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Erin

Erin
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B

Hannah

Hannah
Bio: I am a 20 year breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed when I was 42 years old. Here I am at 63 dealing with my third year of ovarian cancer. I have a wonderful supportive family and church support group. With the third diagnosis of ovarian cancer, I was forced to retire for a job I loved-managing a retirement community…more
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Cancer Symptoms: For nearly a year I had bloating, intestional issues ranging from nausea, vomiting and constipation
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Surgery was on Jan 5, 2007. I lost nearly 40 pounds and spent 21 days in the hospital.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mar.2007-taxol & carboplantinum (8 treatments) July 2008-taxol & carboplantinum (7 treatments) The first 2 rounds left me weak, loss of hair, nausea and vomiting Oct 2009-Doxil for six months. Side effects not so bad

Solliah

Solliah
Bio: My name is Solliah, im married mother of two wonder young men ages 24 and 35. I'm 55 years young, and I retired at age 50 after 32 years of service. I was not surprised when I received my cancer diagnosis because over the past thirty years I have lost twenty family members who fell victim to this awful critter.…more
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Cancer Symptoms: 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.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Exploratory intent. I had partial hysterectomy in 1992 due to large fibroid. this surgery July 6,2009 removed remaining ovary, appendics, four lympth nodes, and a mass that was 20 cm in size and approx. 8lbs 2oz. Before surgery my CA-125 was 266. After the surgery my CA-125 was down to 30. No side affects, just an ugly new stomach.…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: July 24,2009 first treatment taxol and carboplatin. The only problem I had was my own fault. I got sick that night because I came home and ate stewed tomatoes and chased it down with a Pepsi! Big mistake because I quickly learned that Chemo and acid DON'T mix. Treatments 2,3, bought feet itching, loss of smell and taste. Treatment 4…more

Colleen

Colleen
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: invasive ductal breast carcinoma

Susie

Susie
Bio: Age 38 Married Mother of 4 and expecting number 5 Work full time in Human Resources for National Insurance Company. Never smoked, light drinker
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: sore throat asymtrical tonsil
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Tonsilectomey excistion around tonsils

Melinda

Melinda
Bio: I am 30 year old mother of a toddler, step mother to a 9 year old and wife. I was a full time municipal police officer and currently on medical leave. I love my career. I was devestated with the news that a simple lymp in my neck was hodgkins lymphoma. I am undergoing treatment with ABVD chemotherapy and will…more
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1

William

William
Cancer Type: Throat Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4

Stephen Cockwell

Stephen Cockwell
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Advanced Hodgkins Lyphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Lump found on left side of neck, just above the collar bone.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Started Chemotherapy (ABVD) on 30th March 2010. Found that the side effects of consist of bad heartburn & indigestion for a few days after chemo. My hair started to fall out about two weeks later and has slowly been falling out ever since, but not bald yet! Have had to give up fizzy drinks and spicy food,…more

Hope

Hope
Bio: hI ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS SITE
Cancer Type: Liver Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: i will tell you
Cancer Symptoms: i will tell you
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: i will tell you
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: i will tell you

Shelly

Shelly
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Lynchs Syndrome (adenocarcinoma)
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Inoperable at present
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 12 so far, 5Fu, Avastin, Oxiplatin, Leucovorin

Nellym

Nellym
Bio: I am 43, married for 10 years and live a very simple life. I am a health care provider at a local hospital, always been healthy except for the fact I used to smoke. I quit after I was diagnosed. I dont have children, however I have 5 dogs and 2 parrots that I adore. I…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Cancer Symptoms: burning, stinging, throbbing
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Cisplatin and 5FU, nausea and dizziness

Danielle

Danielle
Bio: Me in happier times, with the hair I adored.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Lobular Carcinoma Metastic Breast Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Gastric.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Two major surgery within six months.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Chemo burnt a hole in my colon, so needed more surgery

Laurie

Laurie
Bio: After going through the death of my husband from ALS several years ago, then breaking my back and neck from klutzy falls, I figured I had all the bad ju-ju I needed. Then, amidst a very busy travel schedule, I get the one thing no one in my family has ever had - cancer. And not just any cancer…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: DCIS
Cancer Symptoms: None before diagnosis other than lump found by doctor on routine annual physical.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Excision 11/2, then re-excision 11/15, then bilateral mastectomy 12/15 when they couldn't get everything. Also had port placement in my left subclavian.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Chemo started 1/2. Four treatments with the last one being 3/10. Severe allergic reaction to the Taxol landed me in the hospital in February after the second treatment. Had to stop Taxol and go on adriamycin instead with fewer side effects.

Sally

Sally
Bio: Hi Everyone I was diagnosed with acute myleiod leukaemia in Oct 08 2 rounds of big ice chemo which was awful .Then my kidneys started to fail so in all spent 4 months in hospital .Went into remission until April this year .Had another round of chemo and waiting for next lot .My brother is a match for me…more
Cancer Type: Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: aml
Cancer Symptoms: bruising ,tiredness breathlessness
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: chronic vommiting ,hair loss tiredness

Jilly

Jilly
Bio: HOW I BECAME A CHEMO THUG. When my daughter was 9 months old she was diagnosed with cancer. When she was 15 months old and in an isolation ward on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. My Chemotherapy started the same day that she started her Radiotherapy, and as I walked through a link corridor from the Children's…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Cancer Symptoms: none -big lump
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: March 09 -lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed. A drain I called wayne came to stay in my body for a week. We didn't get on .
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Sep-feb--The oncologist said it would be " hard going"--that would be one word for it.

Lynn

Lynn
Bio: Taking this journey with my husband diagnosed with prostate then bladder cancer. Gleason score of 10 but still going defying the odds.
Cancer Type: Prostate Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Prostate, Bladder
Cancer Symptoms: Rising PSA Blood in Urine

Kelly

Kelly
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Papillary
Cancer Symptoms: None, my noudle was found by accident.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: June 2007 Total Thyroidectomy - calcuim dropped and extended my stay for 2 more days. 12/1/09 Left neck disection - removal of my lymp nodes - I was under longer than planned and I was soo sick with nausea during my stay in the hospital that and numbness from top of my ear to the top of my shoulder.

Helen Marshall

Helen Marshall
Bio: Political Science professor, Foreign Service Officer, and museum director - retired from them all! Now I occupy my time with various volunteer activities, including working with university health outreach programs to get out the message about HPV and vaccination. I research and maintain the anal cancer website I created [please see the link on my profile and take…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Anal Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Small lump detected by me. No other symptoms at all. It was so strange to feel great and suddenly hear "you have cancer."
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Removal of tumor done by a surgeon incident to biopsy
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin given in one dose on June 28, followed by a week of infusion of 5FU. Four weeks later a second cycle of 5FU. Following the first treatment, severe mouth sores for 8 days - at the end could not swallow more than a teaspoon at a time. The second cycle had reduced mouth sores, but I…more

Michelle

Michelle
Bio: I am a 48 year old mother of two diagnosed with Stage 3C breast cancer in 2005. In November of 2008 we found out the cancer had metastasized to a few spots in my breast bone, ribs, and left arm.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

Bill

Bill
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: none of the classic symptoms. Lungs were congested and went to the doctor when I had difficulty breathing.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 8/6/2010 RCHOP - no major side effects with first treatment.

Michelle

Michelle
Bio: Hello Everyone, I am here because my life has been affected by cancer. My Dad passed away almost 10 years ago from it (Colon)and my Step Dad passed away from it (esophageal)last year. My sister was just diagnosed with it (Breast) yesterday after a routine mammogram and a good friend from work has been fighting brain cancer for the past…more

William

William
Bio: My bride of 42 years, Suzanne, was diagnosed on her birthday 10 February 2010 with stage four non-small cell carcinoma lung cancer which had metastasized to her brain. After 10 whole-head radiation treatments, the tumor was designated too large for neurosurgery but is believed to have been killed by the treatments, as it has neither shrunk nor grown. The damage…more
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: non-small cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: 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.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Four treatments, most recent on 4 August, #5 scheduled for 25 August. Side Effects - minor nausea, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite and sense of taste and smell. carboplatin and Alimta (pemetrexed)for #'s 1-4. Provider stopped shipments of carboplatin so #5 and any remaining will be only the Alimta.

Danell

Danell
Bio: Healthy as can be training for my 6th Half Marathon. In May I had an excellent annual physical. All blood work good. In July, I found a lump on my thyroid and in the matter of days a lump on my breast. On August 11, core needle biopsy of breast showed Diffuse B Cell Lymphoma. UPDATE- 2018 Breast…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Diffuse B Cell Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: No Symptoms - Found due to lumps on thyroid and breast but according to PET scans these are not the nasty ones. 2018 - Found breast lump on self exam
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 7/29/10FNA of thyroid (not bad), 8/5/10Vacuum Assisted Core Needle Biopsy on breast mass(Ouch but better in 24 hours),8/18/10 mediport insertion(localized soreness),8/19/10 Bilateral Bone Marrow Biopsy(Ouch followed by days of sore) Lumpectomy 3/16/18 with Sentinel Node Biopsy
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R-CHOP starts 8/26/10 Major Side Effects Day 1-3 Headache and Diarrhea Mouth Sores Days 3-6 TCH starts 4/23/18

Michelle

Michelle
Bio: Hi- My name is Michelle and I am a 31 year old physician (resident still) who was diagnosed with stage 2A Hodgkins Lymphoma (nodular sclerosing) on June 3, 2010. I had been feeling fatigued for months and had multiple illnesses over the winter but I simply attributed it to working too much and working in a hospital. It wasnt until…more
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: fatigue, weight loss, fevers

Stephanie

Stephanie
Bio: I am a four year Breast Cancer survivor. Dealing with cancer led me to writing a book called "Cancer's Gift - Rebuilding You", learning how to change my expectations in life situations so I could survive, not just cancer, but my relationships with others. I am currently training for Race for the Cure, which will be my first…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1

Michelle

Michelle
Bio: My name is Michelle and I am a 36 year old woman recently diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. I am an avid Triathlete and I am looking to beat this disease just like you all. I am here for your support as well as for supporting you. Education is knowledge, so I am here to read and learn from each of…more
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Papillary Carcinoma
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Full Thyroid Removal

Wendy

Wendy
Bio: I am a 50 year old just diagnosed with stage4 rectal cancer with an 11 cm spot on my liver which is wrapped around the vena cava vein coming out of the liver. Heading into my 2nd bout of chemo this Friday and feel ok and positive now we are doing something about it
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4

Kelly

Kelly
Cancer Type: Brain Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: PNET
Cancer Symptoms: occassional headaches, ringing in left ear
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 07/26/2010- remvoved whole tumor, no side effects
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: started 9/13/2010-7 days a week, temedar. nausea and vomiting forst two nights. was ok last night so we'll see.

Carolyn

Carolyn
Bio: My name is Carolyn! I am a nurse in Denver, CO. I have an amazing family and the best friends a girl could ask for. I never thought I would say the words: "my mom has cancer" She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on December 23rd, 2008. She fought for two years, facing challenges no one should ever have to face. She…more
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Recurrent Adenocarcinoma / Cystadenocarcinoma
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: January 2009: Hysterectomy and removal of ovarian masses turned into emergency surgery due to a bowel obstruction. The tumors were too large/difficult to remove at that time. The doctors decided to blast her with chemo, shrink the tumors and operate again in a few months. May 2009: Complete hysterectomy. Omentectomy. Tumor debulking. An ostomy was created. Septemper 2009: More tumor debuking/removal.…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: February 2009: CA125 level was around 3500. She began treatment with Taxol/Carbo with Avastin. Within two weeks, she lost all of her gorgeous red hair. Energy level dropped significantly. She continued having "maintenance" chemo. June 2009: CA125 dropped to 32, and then to 16 later that month. Oncologist decided to stop chemo- as there was no sign of cancer! March…more
Death Date: January 7, 2011
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Kelley

Kelley
Bio: Hi, I'm Kelley, a 22 year old nursing student currently living in Omaha, Nebraska. I actually moved to Omaha a week before I had my total thyroidectomy, so not only was I dealing with a new cancer diagnosis, but I was also dealing with unemployment, no real friends in town except my roommate who is also my best friend, a…more
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular
Cancer Symptoms: 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.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 04/15/10 - Ultrasound 04/27/10 - First FNA Biopsy 07/05/10 - Thyroid scan w/ RAI tracer 07/14/10 - Second FNA Biopsy w/ molecular marker testing 07/26/10 - Told I most likely have thyroid cancer 08/13/10 - Total Thyroidectomy 08/18/10 - Diagnosis confirmed: follicular carcinoma of the thyroid

Anita

Anita
Bio: 53 yrs old, NE Oklahoma This is the only pic I have that Im not holding a cigerette.

Robin

Robin
Bio: I am the adopted mom of 5 children, 3 of which are terminally ill. I remarried August 8 2009 and was diagnosed with cancer May of 2010. This is one hell of an adventure!!
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: endometrial/Uterine
Cancer Symptoms: bleeding and awful smelling discharge
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: laproscopy complete hysterectomy
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: little queasy tired bald last one nov 5th 2010 yesssssss!!

Karen

Karen
Bio: femail 53 years young,diagnosed with diffuse b-cell stage 3a feb,2010,follicular background,didnt know i had it,started r-chop 21,6 rounds of r-chop,in remission,way hey,still have the follicular,and hard to get your head around the facts,eg no actual cure and that it will come back sometime,sick of explaining to people Ive not seen for sometime,will have to have some leaflets printed,remain very positive,and…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: follicular lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: lost weight,was on a diet though,so didnt notice,then found small lump on my neck
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: sorry dont know all the terminology,here in the uk we are not as informed,by the doctors,lymph gland removed by surgery,just the normal side effects from minor sugery
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: r-chop 21 6 rounds every 21 days from 16th march 2010,feeling sick,tiredness,i bit high on the steriods for 5 days after each chemo,urinating more frequently,dry mouth,food tasting bland,loosing hair,compleatly,eyelids swelling and watering,fingernails going dark,shall I go on.

Dee

Dee
Bio: I am here as a supporter of Jaime. She is my hero and she has more strength than I could ever wish to have. I may not know her very well but the little time I did have in class with her and the few conversations we had afterward, she always put a smile on my face. Some days there won't…more
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1

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 me to the gynecologist. I owe her my life :)
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: bleeding, clots, cramps, anemic.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: total Hysterectomy

Danielle

Danielle
Bio: WELL THIS CANCER THING IS ALL NEW FOR ME IN 3 WEEKS I HAVE EXPERIENCED EVERY EMOTION KNOWN TO MAN.THERE IS NO HISTORY OF CANCER IN MY FAMILY I AM 37 YEARS OLD I HAVE A 17 YEAR OLD SON . I HOPING TO FIND WOMAN WHO HAVE HAD THIS SAME TYPE OF CANCER.
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Cancer Symptoms: some pain during urination 2 months prior and some thigh pain other than that NONE!!

Camille

Camille
Bio: I will do this later. I have to think about it for a while...and hope I remember...the "chemo brain" has truly sunk in. PLEASE DO NOT THINK I AM NOT TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY; I AM. My sense of humor is my PERSONAL saving grace. If you don't feel like laughing, it's okay; don't read my stuff. I wish YOU AND…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: "Pointer-Sister Gone Bad"
Cancer Symptoms: Lump and hardening of breast. I also noticed my body odor was changing and my doctor thought I was nuts. Look who was right, doc...and you were going to appease me with a mammogram.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lymph node biopsy August 20, 2010, left a big ole scar! No more BP or needles in this arm!
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: December 1, 2010 will be my fourth round and then I will change to weekly Taxol. I have been fortunate in that I only feel badly for 4-5 days then I am back to doing what I need to, bald head and all. (Anyone with Taxol therapy could help me with details on this.)

Kelly

Kelly
Bio: In September I thought I had an ear infection. By November I found out I had cancer. It's shocking and unexpected. I am in my final stages of diagnosis, and am hoping to start treatment later this month. I have found much comfort in reading the stories of others and think the concept of sharing and…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Non-Hodgkins Large B-Cell Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Lump in neck, trouble breathing, fatigue
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R-CHOP

K

K
Bio: My name is Katelyn. I am 21 years old, just graduated from the University of Mary Washington in May of 2010. I have been diagnoised with stage IIIB metistaic melanoma. I have diagnoised in 2003 with cervical cancer which I beat in 2008. Now I am battling my second cancer and am sure that I will beat this one just…more
Cancer Type: Skin Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Melanoma

Ellen

Ellen
Bio: Single mom to a teen. Ovarian cancer survivor. First diagnosed in 2001; recurrence in 2005; in treatment since 2006
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2001: initial debulking; 2005: debulking, mesh placement for hernia; 2006: mesh removal and abdominal wall reconstruction

Bill H

Bill H
Bio: I was dx Sept 2008 with CLL I did watch and wait for a year. Started chemo (FCR) for 6 months and had a 6 month remission. CLL manifested into small lymphocitic lymphoma (SLL). Started chemo again (Ofatumumab)after 8 weeks the mass had grown. Started radition for the month of Dec 2010 with chemo.Went into remission and then had a…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: small lymphocytic lymphoma
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: FCR Ofatumumab

Reneecarroll

Reneecarroll
Bio: I am a 42 year old woman who has always been extremely active and am essentially a workaholic. Mother of four children, and in school to apply for nursing school. I do not like the fact that cancer is slowing me down and I just have to deal with that.
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: fatigue only. not anothery single symptom. I am the posterchild now for getting a yearly ob/gyn exam as that is how they found this cancer.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: cisplatin, felt and tasted every drug they put in my body. It was very yucky. I am incredibly sensitive to the medications and was eventually given Ativan to help me sleep through it all. Lasix was fun though at the end of treatment peeing every 5 minutes!!

Kelly

Kelly
Bio: Later this month I will be turning 50 yrs. old and was given the sad news that I have anal cancer on Dec 17, 2009, the day before my family was going on our annual snow ski trip. I had been having occasional bleeding, but it was only the week before when I could not sit that I became worried…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding and changes in bowel movements x 6 wks and difficulty sitting x 1 week
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Began 5FU and cisplatin chemo on 1/4/10 and 2/1/10 for 1 wk cycles. Side effects: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth sores, and fatigue. Hospitalized after last day of 5fu infusions for 3wks for chemo toxicity, diarrhea, severe abdominal cramping, dehydration uncontrollable fever, etc. At least I had completed menopause at age 42 and did not have to deal with the emotional side …more

Mishell

Mishell
Bio: My only Sister has Cervical Cancer Stage 2B.I am so scared.
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: None initially-she has cramps she thought were part of Perimenopause
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: So far just a port in to chest
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Chemo-has "chemo brain"

Kim

Kim
Bio: I'm a 43 year old female who has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (anal cancer). I have a wonderful husband and an amazingly beautiful son who is almost 2. We adopted Luke at birth after experiencing infertility and some emotional, unsuccessful IVF treatments. We never gave up our dream of having a child. He is the greatest blessing I…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Have experienced bright red blood from time to time with no other symptoms. After talking to doctor, I dismissed this as nothing to worry about. About one year ago I discovered a small bump inside my anus. Doctor thought it was a hemorrhoid and prescribed suppositories and fiber supplement. At this point I had experienced no pain, just occasional bright…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: biosy on Feb. 14, 2011 ~ tumor and anus seem more sensitive and sore since. due to have rectal ultrasound on March 1 and have first appointment with Oncologist on March 3.

Sally

Sally
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C

Kelly

Kelly
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adrenal Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Hair Growth, weight gain, hormonal changes
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Removal of 9 lb tumor and adrenal gland.

Michelle

Michelle
Cancer Type: Cancer of the Larynx

MIchelle

MIchelle
Bio: Mother of two young girls. Journalist and editor for over 20 years. Former rock musician; avid foodie; love to travel. I am sassy (when not scared out of my mind by waiting for test results and icky medical procedures) and plan on not going anywhere without a serious fight. ;)
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma & Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Cancer Symptoms: None. I found my evil lump while showering, and even after I and my doc could feel it, the mammogram was "clear." It was then seen on ultrasound and MRI. NO family history. Genetic tests (BRCA 1 & 2) negative. During routine scans after breast cancer dx, a mass was found in my head. Turns out in addition to the bc, I…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Excisional biopsy of left breast 11/23/10 (1.1cm tumor) Re-excision to get clear margins and do sentinel node biopsy 12/21/10
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 4 rounds of taxotere & cytoxan every 3 weeks. Started 3/3/11. Second round completed 3/24/11; had allergic reactions to both drugs. Third round done without reactions (super slow drip) on 4/14/11. Fourth & FINAL round completed 5/5/11, and grateful for being finished!!

Gwyn

Gwyn
Cancer Type: Kidney Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: RCC
Cancer Symptoms: Blood in urine, flank pain and tiredness
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Left kidney and tumour removed via keyhole surgery July 2010 In hospital for 5 days, recovered well.... worst side effect was pain when breathing
Death Date: February 9, 2012
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Shellseeker

Shellseeker
Bio: Hi I am 46years old and live in South Africa.I have been married to the same wonderful man for 25 years and we have 3 children.My sn is 13 and my daughters are 18 and 24.My first diagnosis was in 2005. Breast Cancer ,had a bilateral mastectomy 6 months of chemo and took Arimadex for 18mths. Recurrance 2010 mets to…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: none

Michelle

Michelle
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding for a year - mostly spotting but several episodes of extremely heavy bleeding for one day, smelly discharge
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: May 17, 2011. Davinici robotic complete hysterectomy (ovaries, tubes, cervix, uterus). I recovered very quickly from surgery and had very little pain. Was in the hospital only 1 day and returned to most normal activity (except bending & lifting) in 2 weeks.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: recommended to start after radiation

D'Artagnan

D'Artagnan
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Thought it was hemorrhoids, started small and kept getting bigger, tried the herbal and otc stuff, still kept getting bigger, very little bleeding, pain as it got bigger. When i finally seen the doc (4/15/11) She said right off 'this not a hemroid'. She did a biopsy.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Excision very close to sphincter muscle. Diagnosed on 4/27/11 and excised on 4/29/11. Big crater where tumor was, few stitches, pain, drainage. Doctor optimistic she got it all, Pathology will indicate whether or not rad or chemo is in order.

Bill

Bill
Bio: At my annual physical in Feb 2007, my doctor found evidence (palpable digital rectal exam, elevated PSA) that I should have a prostate biopsy, and, a month later, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had an open, radical retropubic prostatectomy that September. Like so many of us, I thought I'd have my surgery, heal and get on with life.…more
Cancer Type: Prostate Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Elevated PSA (6.2) and palpable digital rectal exam (firmness in the right node)
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Nerve-sparing, open radical retropubic prostatectomy, Sept. 11, 2007. Side effect: genital shrinkage. Because of a pre-surgical scan indicating cancer may have been breaking out of my prostate, my right neurovascular bundle was removed -- that was half of the plumbing and wiring for my erections! I still have my left bundle, but it's been a long time since I've been…more

Holly

Holly
Bio: Hello ~ I'm Holly. Bout a year ago.. I began to notice many changes with my body and put off checking into it because I do not have insurance. Big mistake. After severe discomfort, heavy painful bleeding & more forced my hand... I saw a gynecologist on May 12, 2011. By May 19th~ I had had a biopsy of my cervix and…more
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Cancer Symptoms: Heavy irregular bleeding, bleeding during intercourse, cramping, problems with digestion, urination & poohing. Back pain at times ~ burning sensation in abdomine.

Machelle

Machelle
Bio: Hello! I am 49 years old, married to a wonderful man and have one perfect daughter. More to come once I figure out how these blogs work! I'm new at this!
Cancer Type: Bronchus Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1

Msellen

Msellen
Bio: Supporter of all those touched by cancer.
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer

Lourussell

Lourussell
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Colorectal Cancer

Stacy

Stacy
Bio: I am 35 and dx May 18th with Stage 1B1 Cervical Cancer. I had a radical trachelectomy and lymph node disection. I am still in the fight due to a margin not cleared of the cancer. Still in the air is a plan of care.
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: vaginal bleeding after sex, a period that didn't stop in March
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Radical Trachlectomy May 18, 2011 with lymphnode disection April 4th D&C, with Cone bx
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Done and it sucked

Ann

Ann
Cancer Type: Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: AML Leukemia
Cancer Symptoms: Fever,Tired,Mirsa,Chest pain with breathing issues,Low Platlettes
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Bone Marrow 50 % match Dec 21,2012 Graft Versus Host
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: All through out until transplant

Kathy

Kathy
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: bleeding irregularly for 6 months
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: radical hystorectomy, radiation for 5 weeks ended may24

Angie

Angie
Bio: I'm 51 years old. I've been a nurse for 30 years. I was married for 24 years and divorced about four years ago. I have a large supportive family.
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell T2N2bM0
Cancer Symptoms: Fatigue for a couple of weeks then a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck. Low grade temp. Thought I had come down with a virus. A few weeks later, a couple more lymph nodes popped up on the right side of my neck.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Surgical biopsy of lymph nodes July 21, 2011. Surgical biopsy of tonsil July 27, 2011. Peg tube placement August 2, 2011
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Chemotherapy Cisplatin. Vomiting started the first day of chemo and stopped two weeks after treatment complete (9 weeks of vomiting & vomiting).

Billy

Billy
Bio: had never been in hospital in my entire life until i coughed up blood one day and that has changed my life forever.had the dreaded lung cancer.went through 12 rounds of chemo and 36 rounds of radiation.tumor shrunk but still had a minute part left.my dr's at the time said they where finished and treid to get a surgen to…more
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: non-small cell
Cancer Symptoms: none until i coughed up blood while driving and my wife saw it as i thought it was phleme after coughing
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: removed right lung 6/7/2009 - limited movement in rt arm,can not reach very high and then some pain.slight pains from time to time around incision.dr. say it will improve with time

Cathi

Cathi
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: Bloating; unusal weight gain; stomach protruding to 5 months pregnant size; lower abdomen area was too firm to be fat; pain in area of tumor; having a period every two weeks; heavy bleeding day two and three of a four day period; difficulty moving around.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: My surgery was 1/31/11 to remove ovary w/ tumor and uterus. After tumor was tested positive for cancer, other ovary, cervix, tubes, appendix, and wall of fat (can't remember the medical term), all removed. No adverse effects of surgery. I healed quickly and without incident.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 6 rounds of chemo, first one 3/9/11, last one 6/21/11. Side effects: constipation; sharp pains in legs and feet; metal taste in mouth; heavy limbs; pain in joints; jittery; loss of all body hair; eventual numbness and tingling on bottoms of feet; and a slew of other things.

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

Jill

Jill
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Papillary Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Large lump/ball in the left side of my neck.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Surgery #1 July 1st 2011. Surgery #2 July 18th 2011.

Kelli

Kelli
Bio: At age twenty-eight, Kelli Davis is young, in a promising relationship, and has just embarked on an exciting, fulfilling career that she is passionate about and is taking her places. Then, one night, she is rushed to the emergency room with severe pain in her arm, and is discharged three hours later with a completely unexpected diagnosis: cancer. Disposition—Discharged: The patient…more

Lilleeser

Lilleeser
Bio: First off, I am a married mom of four. And will be a grandma in March of 2012. I am a colon cancer survivor. stage 3. I still have the after effects from treatment. I try to be a positive happy person. Hard when I keep waiting for the shoe to drop. My adventure began in 2004. My mom died…more

Kelly

Kelly
Bio: 9-14-11. Husband diagnosed with B cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, secondary site. (UPDATE: 9-30-11 Doc says it's not actually lymphoma. He believes it's squamous cell cancer that metastasized from the skin cancer on hubby's ear a few years ago. It's in the lymph nodes, but it's not officially lymphoma. How confusing.) Will get more info when the PET…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Cutaneous squamous cell cancer on ear, metastasized to lymph nodes.
Cancer Symptoms: Husband had NO symptoms until a swollen lymph node in his neck.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Removal of one lymph node in upper neck for biopsy, 9-8-11. Then tonsillectomy, modified neck dissection (one side) and parotidectomy (one side).

Jill's Test Account

Jill's Test Account
Bio: This is just a test account.
Cancer Type: Brain Cancer

Michelle Ezell Anderson

Michelle Ezell Anderson
Bio: I was diagnosed with Colon Cnacer September 9,2011. I am a 31 year old single mother of 3 beautiful children. 16, 15 and 10. They are the air in my lungs. They are my strength. I have a little brother Bubba who is my best friend. My parents have been so supportive for me through this. My best friends,my…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: adenocarcinoma of the colon
Cancer Symptoms: Rectal bleeding and clots, blood in stool, weak, tired and pressure/pain on lower abdominal area, uncomfortable @ times in recal area, pressure in rectal area, skinny (pencil like) stool.

Gerrielliott

Gerrielliott
Bio: Hi everyone, A little about myself I am a colon cancer survivor. Seven yrs ago . Then I had uterine cancer.4 yrs ago . I had my tests done this past Tuesday , so far so great, more tests to go this mo. I have numerous tests done Because I have hereditary cancer which is called Lynch Syndrome..I am cancer…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Lynch Syndrome
Cancer Symptoms: nausea, anxiety,

Bill

Bill
Bio: 66 y/o retired military physician. Married x 32 years to a wonderful woman. One child, one grandchild.
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: SCC
Cancer Symptoms: Swollen left submandibular lymph node, molar and roof of mouth discomfort. Feeling like I have tonsillitis without the fever or extreme sore throat.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Bilateral tonsillectomy, esophagoscopy, bronchoscopy, and biposies all done 9 Jan 2012. Recovered in 10 days
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Erbitux (cetuximab), loading dose 25 Jan, caused mild temp and nausea, then no similar effects during the 8-week course of treatment. Significant skin effects (acne, painful splitting of skin on fingertips, toes, and heels). No real nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea caused by the Erbitux.

James

James
Bio: My name is James. I have a wonderful wife named Jenny and three children: Jonah, age 8. Jamie, age 17. Justin, age 25. It would appear that I have Tonsil Cancer. I have not yet begun treatment.
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: One swollen, painless tonsil - diagnosed as strep throat. Did not respond to strep treatment. Had dentist look at it, he said "it looks a little swollen"... that did not satisfy me, I called an ent and made an appointment.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: None
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 3 five hour Cisplatin sessions, every three weeks, starting Monday, November 7th 2011

Colleen

Colleen
Bio: I'm 41 years old, happily married with 4 wonderful children and was recently diagnosed with marginal zone NHL. I just finished 4 weeks of Rituxan and am anxiously awaiting to hear the word 'remission'.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Marginal Zone- bone marrow
Cancer Symptoms: Night sweats, lower back pain, abnormal CBC

Wally Silvia

Wally Silvia
Bio: Wow, what a difference a day makes.. One day feeling ill and the next day finding out why, being diagnosed with cancer. Pray for those who have not yet lived their life as I have. The children among us who may not ever know adulthood. At 57 years of age, I have no self pity, but it sure can…more
Cancer Type: Esophagus Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: difficulty swallowing. extensive weight loss.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: No surgery yet. Undergoing radiation and chemo at this time, then 'possible' surgery at a later time if the tuma is shrunk.

Travis Williamson

Travis Williamson
Cancer Type: Testicular Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: seminoma

Donnie

Donnie
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3

Danielle

Danielle
Bio: My dad is wonderful....best any child could hope for. He has a lovely wife and mother to us, Karen 63 (determined, loyal, and caring). Three kids Jaimee 29(oldest daughter..very beautiful, smart and creative), John 21 (youngest...loving , hard working and has a big heart.) Then, me Danielle 23 middle child...been working for my dad in retail awhile. When asked what…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: mantle cell

Jill

Jill
Bio: test. does this save. here is another test to see if this saves.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

Anne Vallet

Anne Vallet
Bio: I have not been diagnosed with cancer yet, but was given a hysterectomy at 42 because cancer runs in my family and I kept having ovarian tumors, pain, and had already given birth to my two children. My mother, Mary Ezeal Troquille Vallet, died at 62, weighing 60 lbs from cervical cancer. The treatment in '95 for her cancer was…more
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer

Michelle F

Michelle F
Bio: I am a 38 year old mother of 2 daughters (18 and 15) married to my best friend for almost 19 years. I work full-time as a certified pharmacy technician at a VA Medical Center.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: (suspected, waiting for diagnostic breast MRI))
Cancer Symptoms: itchy, sore, rash-like breast/nipple/areola, small lump on self-exam; u/s & mammo non-definitive
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: hysterectomy 1/31/12 with greenfield filter placement because I had a blood clot previously

Jso

Jso
Bio: my name is Jonathan, and on a random Thursday afternoon, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After a bunch of ultrasounds and blood work, the next Monday, I had surgery to remove the tumor. I am now waiting until Friday, tomorrow, when I learn from my Dr. the details of my cancer. Waiting is awful
Cancer Type: Testicular Cancer

Lanny

Lanny
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular Lymphoma (indolent, slow-growing)
Cancer Symptoms: Pain in left leg. Progressed to a limp, a hop, 1 crutch, 2 crutches, a walker, and a wheelchair before my diagnosis. Four months before anyone figured out what was wrong. I'm fairly certain I've had follicular lymphoma for at least 10 years before it got so bad.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Before & After bone marrow biopsy. OUCH!
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R-CHOP every 3 weeks for 6 cycles

Gillian

Gillian
Bio: My personal bio is SO similar to most others. Early fifties, healthy, active, fit, gym-going, full time worker, non-smoker, very occasional drinker. No cancer in the family, long living - this generation and the previous generation at least, as the one before tended to die from poverty associated diseases eg: TB.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding during bowel movements for a few days, then nothing for a couple of months. After this and over a period of two weeks a strong feeling of never having completed a bowel motion became apparent. This happened very, very quickly as there was almost nothing to indicate that anything was amiss beforehand except for the bleeding, to which my…more

Dianne

Dianne
Bio: Went to naturpath becasue I was fatigued. He diagnosed liver mass that was at leat 15 years old and the size of an orange. After consultation with local oncologists, I decided to go to Sloan Kettering in Manhatten for treatment. I am 63 years old. Along with 70 year old husband are raising our three grandchildren ages 3, 5 and…more
Cancer Type: Bile Duct Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: cholangiocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: none
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Dec 7, 2011. Surgery to implant titanium chemo pump that delivers chemo directly to the liver. NO Side Effects!
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: HAIC 24/7 for two consecutive weeks of constant flow chemo delivered directly to the liver. Every two week chem, alt two weeks pump is filled with Saline. NO Side Effects

Allie

Allie
Bio: My only sister and best friend's husband was diagnosed a week and a half ago with Glioblastoma Multiforme/high grade tumor. He underwent a craniotomy on4-3-12 & the surgery went well. It was the Doctor's words after the surgerythat didn't go so well! The doctor delivered the blow: STAGE 4 BRAIN CANCER & MAYBE 12 MONTHS WITH TREATMENT! Four…more
Cancer Type: Brain Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: glioblastoma multiforme high grade
Cancer Symptoms: headaches, tired, forgetful, stopped texting, making mistakes with numbers at work, anger
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Surgery took place at Albert Einstein 4-3-12. Able to get more than 90% out but prelim path report said stage 4 cancer

Chris And Jenn

Chris And Jenn
Bio: Wife, mother, teacher and coach.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: October 2012, bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.

Lulubelle24

Lulubelle24
Bio: I'm a 54 year old dx with cervical cancer Oct.2010,underwent chemo/radiation,cancer came back Nov.2011.Underwent total hysterectomy with bil.salpingo-oopharectomy Nov.4.Everything went well then started bleeding again, Jan.2012.DX with vaginal cancer.pelvic exenteration was done in Sloan- Kettering Feb.17,2012 and now waiting for first dose of chemo april 26
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: cervical cancer
Cancer Symptoms: heavy vaginal bleedin.cramps

Amyrollison

Amyrollison
Bio: I am a 36 year old mother of 3 with recent recurrent cervical cancer. In March, 2010, I was initially diagnosed and went through 6 weeks of weekly chemo and 9 weeks of external and internal radiation. Apparently my cancer is back. Still waiting to see if it has metastisized.
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Recurrent

Janelle

Janelle
Bio: My father was diagnosed with Stage III Pancreatic Cancer in December of 2011 after two biopsies and a trip to Dallas. He began chemotherapy the first week in January (it was amazing how difficult it was to start the chemotherapy because the doctors all seemed to be "on vacation" for a month after he was diagnosed.) Anyway, no use in…more
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Weight loss masked by a diet my father was on at the time of diagnoses.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Bile duct stent placed in December, and reconstructed twice in April. Amniocentisis, April. Lots of pain in near the lungs. Bone marrow drawn, nothing was found, praise the Lord!
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: I do not remember all of the names. The chemo was a combination of four different chemo drugs. It did not work. My father experienced nausea and could not taste anything so lost his appetite. He also was very sensitive to temperature. We are still waiting to start a trial chemotherapy drug! Pray, pray, pray!

Alley

Alley
Bio: Alley James is an advisor and writer to enlighten breast awareness. If you want extensive information about the importance and the best way to enlighten breast cancer awareness click on her link alleyjames@breastlight.com or visit our website http://www.breastlight.com/ .Breastlight is a health and wellbeing merchandise for women of all ages to enlighten their breast awareness. We are privileged…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: breast cancer, Breast exam, breast check,breast screening,self breast exam,breast screening device, breast awareness, breast cancer, self breast examination, self breast check, breast cancer awareness, breast examination, breast cancer screening, breast cancer symptoms
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: breast cancer, Breast exam, breast check,breast screening,self breast exam,breast screening device, breast awareness, breast cancer, self breast examination, self breast check, breast cancer awareness, breast examination, breast cancer screening, breast cancer symptoms
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: breast cancer, Breast exam, breast check,breast screening,self breast exam,breast screening device, breast awareness, breast cancer, self breast examination, self breast check, breast cancer awareness, breast examination, breast cancer screening, breast cancer symptoms

David

David
Cancer Type: Sarcoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: PNET (primitive neroectodermal tumor
Cancer Symptoms: Death short of breath chest pains tiredness
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Bone marrow biopsy and a biopsy of the tumor in my chest
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: IE and VAC treatment every 3 weeks. Lost weight and all my hair/ body hair

Jennifer

Jennifer
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Triple Negative Breast Cancer

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 be supported by my medical team at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. I also credit several dear friends for their…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 Sloan Kettering in NYC. To determine if the remaining tumor was still cancerous, I had a surgical biopsy, going into…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 cells that are the major infection fighters) with second round of Mitomycin.

Kelly

Kelly
Bio: I typically hate talking about myself, not so much the type that likes being in the spotlight. I do like being busy and being around people, though.
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Lump in the side of my neck and fatigue.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 8/22/12 - Port placement
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 8/23/12 - Hot-flash (minor) and a little fatigue 8/26/12 - Mouth sores.

Gordon

Gordon
Cancer Type: Kidney Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: tumor found while performing MRI for possible spinal stenosis from a prior injury.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: da vinci (robotic) surgery 10/04/2012. Possibly have remove entire kidney due to scar tissue from a prior abdominal surgery.

Felicia

Felicia
Cancer Type: Sarcoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: June 2012: Full tumor resection with clear, negative margins from the right parapharynx
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Currenly going through Ewings Sarcoma protocol for Chemotherapy. 14 total cycles.

Tom

Tom
Bio: I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on 16th September 2011, at the age of 43. That was 18 months after losing my mother to ovarian cancer and 14 years since my father died of lung cancer. One year later, I have had a radical prostatectomy and am currently cancer free, long may that continue! Since my own cancer treatment,…more
Cancer Type: Prostate Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: None
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Radical Prostatectomy, 27th October 2011.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: None

Nell

Nell
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: occasional drainage from nipple
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: biopsy 8/
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: none

Kim

Kim
Bio: mother of two boys (9 and 12), married to a great supportive husband. A family who is busy with school sports. Taking this cancer as a challenge in life to overcome and trying to keep positive, especially for my guys.
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: pacreatic cancer with leisons in liver
Cancer Symptoms: 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.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: had an ERCP and had a stint put in my bile duct, since mass was pushing on it the duct and caused liver problems. became johndis until stint was put in and took a few weeks to get better before chemo could start.
Death Date: March 12, 2013
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Jill

Jill
Bio: Diagnosed with Stage 3A Breast Cancer after finding a small lump visible through clothes...Went in for very first mammogram check two days later, and they sent me to see directly to the "Breast Health Center"...Saw a Breast Health Surgeon who did a core biopsy and ultrsound the same day! Less than 5 days later I got the call that it…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 3A Ductile Invasive
Cancer Symptoms: Noticed a small lump visible on chest bone above left breast.Thougt it was just hormones. ?? NO other symptoms.Felt great!! My cancer was not genetic...tested neg for BRCA.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Surgeon recommended lumpectomy. I sought a few plastic surgery opinions and decided on a double mastectomy due to type of cancer and my age (40). I wanted to be more aggressive with the plan. I did not want to take any chances of spreading...No recon yet. I will need expanders as I was under weight and have very lil tissue…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 26 weeks of chemo. 1X every other week for 8 weeks. Then weekly for 12 weeks. Continued with Herceptin drug Trail for 13 months, 1x every three weeks. Nausea to most foods and smells like coffee or strong perfumes. Wanted hot or cold things to eat....flu like symptoms showed up day 3-5 after chemo. No nuropothy! Did not throw up…more

Ellen

Ellen
Bio: Hello all. I'm so glad I found this! Upon doing so, I spent several hours reading stories, I cried at times just with the realization that I'm not alone. I must say though, that this is not my first rodeo... I was diagnosed for the first time when I was 13, & again at 18. All the while, not realizing there…more
Cancer Type: Brain Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: GBM & Spine
Cancer Symptoms: Severe headaches, dizziness, fainting spells, constant nausea.. general unwell feeling.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: In August, after diagnosis... I underwent the Gamma Knife surgery. The only time that freaked me out was when they were screwing the frame in & in walked someone with a handheld manual screwdriver. It was a little frustrating, and scary. Other than that, it went well. Some pain & dizziness afterwards..
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: What more can I say other than YUCK! It has been very difficult thus far. Upon my first treatment I left the hospital, only to return a few hours later vomiting non-stop. Zofran hasn't helped. The only thing that does anything at all to combat the nausea is to drink plain green tea. I know it sounds weird, but it…more

Ellen

Ellen
Bio: I am a 42 year old mum of three ( ages 14,12 and 9). Ian a non smoker, drink alcohol rarely and am relatively fit. Despite working as a GP ( family doctor), I had never come across anyone with tonsilar cancer before and particularly in the "young" and non smoking groups. I have enjoyed reading other people's stories, and realise…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Lump in left side of neck, benign biopsy, non urgent removal, unfortunately scc detected. Primary site left tonsil identified on PET scan
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Tonsillectomy and biopsies 5/10/12

Callie

Callie
Bio: My name is Callie Quinton. I was 21 when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Now 22, I have beaten it. It took a lot from me...but it gave me more hope, faith, and friends.
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C
Cancer Symptoms: Bloating. Feeling full fast. Pain.

Lontell

Lontell
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Papillary
Cancer Symptoms: None
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Thyroidectomy October 9 and November 15th, 2012, sightly tired one week only

Michelle

Michelle
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R-CHOP R-ICE ESHAP

Arollercoasterlife

Arollercoasterlife
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4

Billmac

Billmac
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell hpv

Dani

Dani
Cancer Type: Melanomas of the Skin
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: 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 --->>>…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Dermatologist removed a 3 inch deep by 4×4 area on my shoulder. I have been very grateful.

Paul

Paul
Bio: Documentary film maker, land and water advocate, land trust president

Michelle

Michelle
Bio: This is all so new. I'm just getting ready to start treatments, and I'm nervous and scared. I have a spitfire of a little girl, who's five years old. I will do whatever I have to do to make sure I get well, for her. I have am amazing husband that takes great care of me. He is however, very…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Severe fatigue, lump on my tonsil that didnt go away with antibiotics. Severe sore throat a few months ago...that I ignored.

Crello

Crello
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: primary cutaneous diffuse large B cell Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: visual plaque on forearm
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R-CHOP 6

Tyndall

Tyndall
Bio: Registered nurse, age 59 at diagnosis, perfectly healthy until then. Moved to FL 15 years ago, from DC area. Found on routine colonoscopy, coincidentally began having symptoms between scheduling of colonoscopy and procedure. Consider myself so lucky to know who the very best doctors are via my profession.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell
Cancer Symptoms: No rectal bleeding just a three week change in bowel habit in April, then resolved. Slight discomfort for week or so in left anal area, just before colonoscopy on June 6, where he could feel the tumor but had a hard time visualizing it, but finally was able to biopsy using a smaller scope.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: First round June 24, 2013. Vague feeling of unwell, horrible burping, relieved by Omeprazole, one and 1/2 days of sole pain, then resolved. Mouth sores began 6/29/13, peaked on 07/04/13. Second round July 22, Mitomycin reduced by half because of my WBC response the first time. Same feeling of unwell, anorexia, chemo created constipation for me, not diarrhea.

Jschilling

Jschilling
Bio: I am 60 years old, widowed, with two grown daughters and a granddaughter. I have worked as a special education teacher, a job placement/job coach for adults with disabilities, manager of two federal grants. Currently, I am an admission specialist at a two-year community and technical college in Northern Kentucky; just a ten-minute drive away from Cincinnati,…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Bowel movements streaked with blood, pressure when having a bowel movement, then onset of severe bleeding from rectum which caused me to go to the Emergency Room and subsequently be hospitalized, followed by colonoscopy, biospy of mass, and diagnosed with anal cancer
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: I haa a week of chemotherapy on week one (April 15-19th) and week five (May 13-May 17)) of my treatment plan. I had a pic-line put in each time for the chemo. I had both Mytomicyn and 5F-U. My first round of chemo, I had mouth sores, sore throat, and fever blisters on the mouth. …more

Hello Squirrel

Hello Squirrel
Bio: Hello, I am a 46 years old, stage 4 breast cancer patient with bone metastasis. It was July 18 in 2012 when I was first diagnosed as stage 4. Now, a year later, thanks to god and everyone around me, I am in much better condition. One characteristic of my attitude to deal with cancer is, I decided not to have…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1st was 3/12/2010. Lumpectomy. 2nd was 6/8/2011. Lymph node removal. 17 was removed and 9 was positive. 3rd was 7/12/2012. Lymph node removal. 5 was removed, then found out metastasis in spine.

Penny

Penny
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: spotting after menopause

Jen

Jen
Bio: Mother had endometrial cancer and died of pancreatic cancer. I clinically diagnosed her pancreatic ca. and took care of her as best I could until the day she died. Five months later, I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. I had a debulking myomectomy, followed by a radial hysterectomy.
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 1B, Grade 1
Cancer Symptoms: Heavy bleeding Prolonged periods Constant heavy brown or clear discharge between periods
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: myomectomy followed by a radical hysterectomy weeks later

Lisa

Lisa
Bio: Diagnosed at 26 with Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer on April 28, 2010 with no prior illnesses or family history. 3 different chemo regimens, 28 pelvic radiation hits, 2 major surgeries(*August 19, 2010 - tumor resection, complete rectal resection, lymph node removal, permanent colostomy,*September 22, 2011 - tumor resection, coccyx removal, complete hysterectomy (uterus & ovaries), complete vaginectomy, external pelvic reconstruction)…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Infiltrating Moderately Differentiated Adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Constipation, stomach blotting, bloody stool, tailbone pain, buttock pain.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: August 19, 2010 - tumor resection, complete rectal resection, lymph node removal, permanent colostomy. September 22, 2011 - tumor resection, coccyx removal, complete hysterectomy (uterus & ovaries), complete vaginectomy, external pelvic reconstruction.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: May 2010-July 2010: 24 hour, continuous 5FU infusion, Mondays-Fridays November 2010-January 2011 :Folfox December 2011-April 2012

Sandy

Sandy
Bio: April 2013 found out I have Ovarian Cancer Stage IIIC. I had no symptoms before this. I am 48 and extremely active, work out 6 days a week, full time sales job. Married with a great support network. End of March 2013 I felt a lump 3 1/2 inches below my belly button while laying on my back. It didn't hurt so…more
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer

Billy

Billy
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3

Dave

Dave
Bio: I've always been a health-nut of sorts. Always active, Snowboarding, Motocross, Contractor, Scuba, mountain bikes etc... Always eating well, never smoked, drink very little. I have two kids, My daughter is 13 and a son who's 28. They're great kids and hope to see them do great things in life. This cancer thing has really thrown me for a loop.…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Tonsil right side and partial basal tongue cancer
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Right tonsil has Squamous Cell carcinoma, Left Tonsil is clear. Some cancer noted on basil of tongue.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: GREAT NEWS!!! No Cisplatin treatment!! Only going to use Cetuximab! which means I will not be getting all the side effects of Chemo type treatments!!!

Billie

Billie
Bio: Recently diagnosed pancreatic cancer. Need advice best place to receive treatment.
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Death Date: June 11, 2015
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Katie

Katie
Bio: I'm 21 years old and I lost my Daddy September 19, 2013 and that night forever changed my life.
Cancer Type: Brain Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Glioblastoma Multiforme

William

William
Bio: Married with 2 great children, living in sunny Florida
Cancer Type: Melanomas of the Skin
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: Adnormal mole removed 1/1000 of a millimeter before glands had to be removed

Kelly

Kelly
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: Noticed changes in bowel movements, it appeared maroon in color and occasional blood streaked throughout.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 7/15/13 1st round of chemo with Mitomycin and 96 hr (5 day) pump of 5-FU. Nausea, mouth sores, lack of appetite, weight loss. 8/12/13 2nd round of chemo ... same medication and side effects as 1st. Starting 7/18/14 Cisplatin, 5-FU. Every 3 weeks. Nausea, mouth sores 9/22 Carboplatin, 5-FU Every 3 weeks. Nausea, mouth changes 6/25/15 Carboplatin, Taxol…more
Death Date: July 12, 2017
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Michelle

Michelle
Bio: Bio: I was 40 and fit and healthy when diagnosed. For 6 months i struggled with pain. Cancer Type: Anal Medical term: Squamous cell carcinoma Stage: 3B i was given a temporary stoma on 28/11/11 and that had to be redone 2wks later. infection slow down treatment .Had 37 radiation treatments and 2 blocks of chemo. treatment work and was able…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: anal squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: bleeding, hemorrhoids, pain in bottom and itching, hard to use bowls.

Iyad

Iyad
Bio: Proud of my mother for KICKING CANCER IN ITS A**
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

Nidal

Nidal
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

Bellagirl

Bellagirl
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: jaundice, itching, dark urine, clay colored stools
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: whipple 4/27/2011
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 6/2011 tiredness, nausea, dizziness

Mollie

Mollie
Bio: I'm a 24 year old recently diagnosed with a rare sarcoma. Because getting cancer isn't random enough, it's gotta be a special kind. I'm lucky, in the sense that I've never been sick. I noticed a lump growing in my thigh that I ignored until it grew large enough that my legs were two different sizes. I was diagnosed on…more
Cancer Type: Sarcoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma

Shelly

Shelly
Bio: I'm blessed to be married to an amazing husband who inspires me everyday! Last year, Robert was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Rectal Cancer at the age of 45 yrs. and our world as we knew it, turned upside down. Hi, my name is Shelly, and I am his "Gladiator Wife" - I prefer this over "caregiver". We have been…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Metastatic Rectal Adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Occasional blood in stool, continuous undiagnosed bowel issues

Mar

Mar
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular Thyroid Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: A large lump on my neck, weight gain, memory loss, and extreme fatigue.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Right side Taken out on 7/25/2013 and then the left side was taken out on 9/11/2013. I recovered quickly from both

RICH

RICH
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer

Bill

Bill
Bio: Now 55, retired, teacher and teacher educator for 32 years. Been chasing 'lumps' since I was about 16 years old. Surgery at 19, 24, 27, full blown lymphoma invasion at 31 involving both kidneys, liver, bowel and spleen as the major sites. Midline laparotomy terminated due to full renal failure, chemo started 12 hours later, wife told 24 hours would…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Large single cell
Cancer Symptoms: 'Lumps', night sweats, weight loss, flu like symptoms, abdominal swelling,
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Midline laparotomy, axilar lumpectomy, splenectomy, lumpectomy right neck, ingroinal lumpectomy
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1991 April to June MAKOP B, 12 months treatment plan administered weekly over 12 weeks, ulcers, nausea, tiredness, loss of nerve sensations in extremities, severe constipation, hair loss (lol)

Lori

Lori
Bio: I am a now 50 year old divorced mother of 4 amazing adult children.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Thought it was hemorrhoids. Then bleeding. Anal fissure. Anal skin tag.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2- 5 day rounds of Mitomycin infusion followed by Flouracil pump- Severe mouth sores & tongue swelling 1st round. Had Neupogen shots x4. NeulAsta shot after 2nd round - no sores.

Kelly

Kelly
Bio: Mom of 3 super active boys (9,10 and 15). Married 20 years to the most amazing and supportive husband a girl could ask for! Diagnosed with breast cancer March 2013 (Her - 2 +. ER- and PR -. Chemo, lumpectomy, radiation. I was also diagnosed with RA 6 years ago. Now going in for my…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Her - 2 positive - ER- PR-

Karyna Mellen

Karyna Mellen
Bio: I'm 20 Years Old Living With Chronic Myeloid Leukemia I'm A Fighter & Will Never Give Up!!!
Cancer Type: Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Cancer Symptoms: Tiredness Fatigue Weak bones

Janelle38

Janelle38
Bio: My husband noticed an extreme loss of short term memory. Long story short had an MRI which showed brain tumor. Was submitted into ICU. Five days later was diagnosed with a lymphocytic brain tumor.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Lymphoma Defuse Large B - Cell
Cancer Symptoms: Loss of short term memory and extreme fatigue

Amanda

Amanda
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Low Grade Follicular
Cancer Symptoms: Painless Lump in Neck and Groin

Eduardo

Eduardo
Bio: 38 years old, married to beautiful wife, and one daughter 21 months old. Active love all sports and participate. Found lump underarm pit and that's when cancer journey began.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Large b cell
Cancer Symptoms: Lump underarm pit and chest swelling.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Currently on third round of six rchop treatments. Fatigue and constipation.

Kelly

Kelly
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: b cell follicular lymphoma

Carlos

Carlos
Bio: I am English teacher, born and raised in L.A. I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma about one month after my 30th birthday. I am a lover at heart, and a fighter by nature; so I am confident about this whole experience, and look forward to the lessons I am supposed to learn. I come from…more
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: Swollen lymph nodes in left armpit & above left clavicle; night sweats; fatigue; bone pain; muscle aches; and fevers.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lymph node extraction (left armpit); 07/22/2014
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: ABVD 08/22/2014: Fatigue, jaw pain, swollen tongue/mouth, loss of taste, hiccups, sneezes, mood swings/anxiety attacks, bone pain, constipation, some nausea, loss of appetite, decreased white blood cells & fevers (resulting in ER visit & week-long hospitalization). ABVD 09/18/2014: Fatigue, hiccups, intense bone pain (pelvis & back), jaw pain, swollen tongue/mouth, loss of taste, emotional, loss of hair. ABVD 10/01/2014: Fatigue, painful bowels,…more

Amanda

Amanda
Bio: One day at a time I am Healed Whole and Healthy........ HWH for short as many who know me will be quite familiar with! it's my daily mantra and has been from almost day 1 of my diagnosis. It's no illusion or misnomer either it's just FACT not to be confused with want or need! it just is! Diagnosed with Stage 4a…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Non Hodgkins Folicular Lymphoma Stage 4a
Cancer Symptoms: 50pence piece sized lump found on the inside on my arm just above the elbow joint and nowhere near a Lymph Node!

Karen

Karen
Bio: I am a 64 yr. old Mother of 2 and Grandmother of 4. Have been blessed to be healthy and active most of my life. I love the outdoors, gardening, camping, hanging out or riding my horse.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: anal itching, small hard bump, thought it was a hemmroid, flat shaped bowel movments, gas and bloating, night sweats, anxiety, just a sense of NOT well-being.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomicyn, flurosil-fu-5, weeks1 and 5, minimal side effects, some hair loss and fatigue.

Michelle

Michelle
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: low grade follicular
Cancer Symptoms: enlarged groin lymph node and night sweats

Lisa

Lisa
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Large B cell aggressive Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Mass in parotid gland, lymphadenopathy of both sides of chest, a large mass in left armpit, and large and small hypermetabolic liver lesions, large and small.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5/14/2014 for suspicion of new cancer. Outpatient procedure.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R CHOP every 3 weeks from 12/30/2013 through 4/28/2014. Began R GEMOX on 6/19/2014 every 3 weeks through 10/21/2014. Started Rituximab and Treanda on 12/3/2014 as a 2 day course. Severe neuropathy in feet and less but still suffered neuropathy in fingers during R CHOP. R GEMOX caused great discomfort with cold even before therapy was complete. One does of…more

ANNE

ANNE
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: ADENOCARCINOMA
Cancer Symptoms: BLOODY STOOLS, PAIN WHEN SITTING,CONSTIPATION, DIARRHEA
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: IRREVERSIBLE COLOSTOMY, 11/1/2013 BOWEL OBSTRUCTION AFTER SURGERY
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: CHEMO 1/2/2012, CHEMO 8/1/2012, CHEMO 7/1/2013 HAIR LOSS

Linda

Linda
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Fatigue, pain on left side, change in bowel (color, size) due to blockage. Jaundice right after diagnosis.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Whipple May 13, 2014
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Gemzar June, 2014. Nausea, weakness, fever, headache

Terry

Terry
Bio: I am a 52 year old doctor diagnosed with a malignant melanoma in 2012 after 2 surgeries and lymphnode remaval started months of interferon treatment
Cancer Type: Melanomas of the Skin
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: Mole that grew now shortness of breath

Sue

Sue
Bio: retired registered nurse/midwife, sociologist, writer
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: invasive ductal carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: nil - lump discovered by accident after I bruised my breast in a fall. Did not show on diagnostic mammogram but detected by ultrasound
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 16/10/2014 right lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Not recommended

Gary

Gary
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Diffuse large b-cell t-cell rich non hodgkin's.

Amanda

Amanda
Bio: I'm 26 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I'm a single mom, full-time assistant manager/event planner, wine lover, beer drinker, and a full-time student. I finally went to an urgent care clinic 2 months after noticing a lump at the base of my neck, and my doctor couldn't get me in until December. They gave me antibiotics…more
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Mass at the base of my right side of the neck, itching, coughing, hard to breathe while bending over or picking things up, and fatigue.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Excisional biopsy of right node-- 1/6/15 Port Placement -- 1/8/15

Paris

Paris
Bio: My name is Paris, I was diagnosed at age 7.
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma

Patrick

Patrick
Bio: I'm a 23yr old male who was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic Leukaemia 6 months ago.
Cancer Type: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: B-cell all
Cancer Symptoms: Extreme pain in back and ribs, high fever, fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness, loss of appetite, weight loss and the list goes on.

Isabella

Isabella
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Lori

Lori
Cancer Type: Liver Cancer

Allison

Allison
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Cancer Symptoms: blood in stool, lose bowel movements, tried, dull pain in my lower right back.

Jessica

Jessica
Bio: I got passed down cancer from my birth mom who I didn't know. I was diagnosed at age 17 but had it for longer. I don't see a point in treatment because they say it will only slow it down.
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: advanced cervical cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Short of breath, pain, fatigue, sadness

Heather

Heather
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Itching, lump in anus.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Xeloda - nausea and reflux

Colleen

Colleen
Bio: I'm 21 years old, Just finishing up Law Enforcement Degree. I plan to move to Florida in hopes to pursue modeling career. I recently in March was diagnose with stage 1 cervical cancer and it's been really hard to deal with it. I already have a lung infection and to have another major life changing thing happen to me, its…more
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 1 B cervical cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Abnormal bleeding, severe pelvic pain, sweating, pinching in lower back. Tired, discharged tissue.

Callmond

Callmond
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Diffuse Large B-Cell

Misty

Misty
Bio: Not yet ready
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer

Ryan

Ryan
Bio: Chef Ryan Callahan is a 2016 Gourmand World Cookbook Award winning chef and hospitality industry veteran with over 15 years of hands on culinary experience in both Front of House and Back of House. Chef Ryan has experience guiding businesses to new heights with flavorful dishes, sales boosting service techniques, and streamlined operating procedures that helps businesses win and boost…more

Karen

Karen
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Cervical and Ovarian Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: A lot of back pain and tummy pressure
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Jan 28 2015 Had bleeding issues but over all went well
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Had a really bad reaction on Oct 14 2014

Bill

Bill
Cancer Type: GIST (Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors)

Jill

Jill
Bio: I have been married to an amazing man for 25 years. He is my rock, my everything. It's funny how much you find out about a person in times of crisis. Who will be there, and who won't. Actions speak so much louder than words. We have a daughter who is 22 and a son who is 18. My motherinlaw…more
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular
Cancer Symptoms: Weight loss, fatigue, itchiness (10 cm tumour was blocking my bile duct), flashes of fever

Elizabeth

Elizabeth
Bio: NED on 3/21 by sigmoidoscopy!
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma Stage 1 T1 N0 M0
Cancer Symptoms: Occasional bleeding, small lump-like most everyone else-thought it was a hemorrhoid or benign polyp.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin on Day 1 and Day 29 5-FU Days 1-4 and 29-32 Dry mouth, constipation, thinning hair at week 4. <<<<<

Jeanie

Jeanie
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Constipation, thin stools, sometimes blood

Carly

Carly
Bio: I'd struggled with Bartholin Cysts for years & eventually diagnosed with Vulva Cancer. It's been a tough road but this journey has taught me everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reasons suck but most times the lessons are powerful.
Cancer Type: Vulva Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Vulva Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Pain in vaginal area
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2 Groin lymph nodes removed before treatment. After chemo and radiation the rest of tumour was surgically removed. Process called radical vulvectomy. Post surgery I had serious infection resulting in a 2 week hospital stay and debridment. Cancer returned again in 2017 resulting in a hysterectomy, colostomy and reconstruction.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: I didn’t lose my hair.

Lucy

Lucy
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 20th December, 2014. CT Guided Biopsy. 24th December, 2014. Bone Marrow Biopsy. 1st July, 2015. Mini Sternotomy (biopsy). Performed to determine if cancer had mutated into another type. It remained HL. 13th July, 2015. Laparoscopy of Ovary (Fertility Preservation). 20th July, 2015. PICC line Inserted. 1st September, 2015. Insertion of Hickman Line. (Stemcell Collection) 5th September, 2015. Insertion of Central Line. Inserted to replace Hickman line…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 26th December, 2014. ABVD. 6 cycles, 12 treatments completed every fortnight. 22nd July, 2015. Salvage Chemotherapy. ICE. 3 cycles, completed every 21 days.

Cindy

Cindy
Bio: Hello everyone, I just found out that my sister has inoperable stage 3 anal cancer and I am on this site trying to find information and support. We are particularly interested in hearing about survivors who went the "alternative route" i.e. Gerson Therapy, Cellect-Budwig, etc. or did a combination of conventional and alternative...We will get the complete results of…more
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: rectal bleeding, swollen lymph nodes in groin area

Bill

Bill
Bio: Married for 25 years to my biggest supporter and my guardian angel. My wife is my voice of reason. Without her I would never stop banging into walls.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Diffused Large B Cell Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Swollen lymph node, right side of neck
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R CHOP

Kelley

Kelley
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Large bleed, loud bowel sounds, mucus
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Left hemicolectomy, Oct 26, 2015. Did very well. 19 inches of colon removed, 15 lymph nodes removed, 3 positive, size 6 cm.

Kelly

Kelly
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer

Bradley

Bradley
Cancer Type: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1

Mallory

Mallory
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer

Tina

Tina
Bio: I'm a care coordinator who sells :jewelry on the side.
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer

Stacie

Stacie
Bio: My journey began last year. I noticed a small tumor behind my right ear. Thought it was strange, but figured it was a swollen lymph node. Basically forgot about it until one day at work, I put a piece of sour gum in my mouth. The pain was unbearable! and the right side of my face swelled up. Luckily my…more
Cancer Type: Parotid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Acinic Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Lump behind my ear. Sore throat that never got better.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: October 28, 2015

Lillian

Lillian
Cancer Symptoms: Almost-constant heavy bleeding with clots, especially heavy after sex. Pain in the pelvic area and numbness in legs. Extremely tired, feeling "not right" and bloated mid section. Normal pap (first one I've had in 12 years) and all tests normal so far, including pre-menopause (I'm 48). Feel like the doctor will just dismiss everything and tell me to learn to…more

Lillian

Lillian
Cancer Symptoms: No cancer diagnosis as of today, 21 Jan 2016 but heavy bleeding with clots, lasting over a week and only a few days in between. I've just started seeing a gyn doctor; last PAP was 12 years ago. Current PAP has come back normal. Doctor prescribed meds to help with bleeding but no relief so far. Feel like something is…more

Shari

Shari
Bio: on website
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Metastasized BC

Jewellyn

Jewellyn
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer

Shannon

Shannon
Bio: My husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the ER after a CT scan on 1-28-16. It has spread to lymph nodes and liver. Doctor stated metastatic/stage 4.
Cancer Type: Esophagus Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4

Holly

Holly
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Geoff

Geoff
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: PDAC
Cancer Symptoms: Some discomfort in abdomin

Cinda

Cinda
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2

Carol

Carol
Bio: I'm 57. Moved in the fall of 2015 for a fantastic new job and to start a new life adventure. Cancer decided to make the scene. Diagnosed in January 2016.
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Endometrial Adenocarcinoma
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2/25/2016 Robotic. No major side effects. Post-surgery constipation (thanks to a few days of opioids) then the opposite, then balance, finally. This seems to be the usual course of recovery. Make sure you have a pillow for your belly for the ride home from the hospital. Avoid dairy products at all costs.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: No

Barbara

Barbara
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular
Cancer Symptoms: Pain in hip and shoulder

Katherine

Katherine
Bio: The daughter of an amazing woman, attempting to do her best to make her mother proud.
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer

Phyllis

Phyllis
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C
Cancer Symptoms: Bloating and excessive gas
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: IP and IV chemo started March 1,2016

Colleen

Colleen
Cancer Type: Tongue Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Ulcer under tongue
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 3/30/2016

Shellissis

Shellissis
Cancer Type: Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Cancer Symptoms: Extreme exhaustion.

Kelli

Kelli
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: No symptoms.

Kelly

Kelly
Bio: I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and Aunt. I absolutely love me life and my family. I found out on May 10, 2016 that I have Thyroid Cancer, after going in for surgery to remove a salivary gland. The gland was fine but the doctor removed lymph nodes from my right side of neck that were cancer. May 26, 2016…more
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Papillary Cancer.
Cancer Symptoms: Extreme fatigue, brain fog, terrible sweating and night sweats, weakness, shortness of breath, dry mouth, and muscle, back, and bone pain.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: May 10, 2016 went in for a salivary gland removal, came out with intact salivary gland but cancerous lymph nodes. The surgeon removed 9 from the right side of my neck. Side effects were extreme selling in my neck to the point of trouble reading, drinking and breathing. I was hospitalized for 2 nights.

Linda

Linda
Bio: I have Fibrocystic Breasts and having lumps is an understatement. I was always told that if you have a lump on one side then you should have one on the other side in the same place. Last year I felt what I called a ridge (hardened area about three inches by 1/2 inch) in my upper left breast. Since…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive adenocarcinoma, ductal type with lobular featyres, well differentiated.
Cancer Symptoms: Large hardened area beneath the skin (non cancerous, but hid the tumor), itching, tenderness, headaches and exhaustion.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lumpectomy and Sentinel Lympth node removal. Second surgery to clear margins and insert port scheduled this week, then Chemo therapy and Radiation scheduled.

Debbie

Debbie
Bio: Hello all! I am a 62 year old female that lives in Gods country(Oregon) newly diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's follicular Lymphoma.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular
Cancer Symptoms: Fatigue, sore throat that lingered
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Port placement

Rupesh Kumar

Rupesh Kumar
Bio: am doing awareness on cancer in social media.

Bob

Bob
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Rectal Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Harsh Bowel Movements, weight loss, poor appetite, blood in stool.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Started July 18th to continue until August 29th, 2016

Shannon

Shannon
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Small Cell (metastatic poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinoma)
Cancer Symptoms: vaginal bleeding

Jodie

Jodie
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Blood in stool. Felt a lump and thought I had a hemmoriod.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: i had a colonoscopy in Sept of 2014. They found a small lesion just above the dentate line. This was termed AIN 2. In Nov of 2014 they did a biopsy on what they termed a lesion and then destroyed it with electrocautery. The biopsy showed an invasive squamous cell cancer. It was moderately differentiated and it was arising within…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin and Fluorouracil (5- FU) for four day at beginning and four days at end. Start date 8/22/2016.

Jennifer

Jennifer
Bio: I was diagnosed in May with stage III Nasopharyngeal cancer after going to an ENT Dr. that my husband works with ( hes a surg tech) with a swollen lymph node on my neck. I had no other symptoms and was shocked! I work at a hospital as a Unit Coordinator and go to school and was all ready to…more
Cancer Type: Nasopharyngeal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage III
Cancer Symptoms: Severe sore throat, burned skin, fatigue, la little on edge, weight loss(22lbs) so far, reflux, nausea, vomiting
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Every 3 weeks during radiation then once a month x 3 for cisplatin. 5FU home infusion will start in Sept for five days then again in October and November. Nausea, vomiting, fatigue for cisplatin have not had 5FU yet

Barbara

Barbara
Cancer Type: Stomach Cancer

Nervousnelly

Nervousnelly
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: ear pain, sore throat,tongue numbness,bad breath,mouth pain

Shelly

Shelly
Cancer Type: Throat Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: OSCC
Cancer Symptoms: Lump on left side of throat
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: None as of yet

Treesie

Treesie
Bio: On my 62nd birthday, I was diagnosed with Stage IIIB Lung Cancer. I have just begun this fight.
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage IIIB

Michelle

Michelle
Cancer Type: Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Amml

Chrissy

Chrissy
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 1 IDC nodes negative estrogen fed
Cancer Symptoms: found lump on self breast exam
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: lumpectomy with lymp nodes removed, plus had total hystrocempty after radiation treatments
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: no chemo

Jack

Jack
Cancer Type: Prostate Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: Gleason 9 (5+4), Stage T-4

Bellagirasole

Bellagirasole
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer

Laurie

Laurie
Bio: I am 48 and have been experiencing lower back pain (I do have herniated discs and annular tears in the back)and lower right abdominal swelling. History of ovarian cysts small fibroid found a year ago in uterus along with 2 small ovarian cysts (1 on ea ovary) I've been experiencing numbness in the back on the right side that…more
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Small Cell Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer Stage IV
Cancer Symptoms: Shortness of breath, fatigue,unable to eat felt full after small meals. Back/hip/leg pain, chronic cough.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: none
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: none

AJ

AJ
Bio: Happy, Healthy, Non-smoking, Alcohol Free, Vegan, Yogi, Married to my best friend and Mother to 3 amazing young people. I wake up every morning grateful for each remaining day and looking for every opportunity to Love and Serve and be Happy.
Cancer Type: Tongue Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Although when I was diagnosed, I was mentally and physically, the healthiest I had ever been, had a long standing habit internalizing my stress and of biting my tongue in my sleep. I had developed a sore patch on the right hand side of my tongue and went to my doctor who didn't think it was anything to be…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Partial Glossectomy, Tracheostomy and Reconstruction from graft of left forearm tissue. Neck Dissection to remove 49 Lymph nodes from right side of my Neck. 14 hour surgery date 30 May 2016

Vinny

Vinny
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma; HPV positive
Cancer Symptoms: Thinning of stools, itching, burning, swelling, irregularity
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Sigmoidoscopy/Biopsy 4/25/11
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 6/20/11 5 days; 7/18/11 5 days fatigue, nausea, parageusia, mouth sores, vomiting, hair loss, dry skin, brittle dark nails, low blood pressure, urine & stool incontinence, 2 blood transfusions, vitamin deficiencies

Barbara

Barbara
Bio: 61 year old female, sells Subarus, lives with husband and 2 insane Cockers near the shore
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinoma, pan coast tumor
Cancer Symptoms: Severe pain in shoulder blade for many months
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 9/19/2016 Constipation, nausea, loss of appetite

Rosie

Rosie
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding, clear liquid

Billea

Billea
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Endocrine
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Whipple procedure 12/01/2015. No side effects really at all. I was extremely lucky. I was off work for three months and now just about back to normal.

Lludlow63

Lludlow63
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer

Mary

Mary
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4

Shelley

Shelley
Cancer Type: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: CLL
Cancer Symptoms: Fatigue, bruising, night sweats, bone and joint pain

Christi

Christi
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Lymph node swelling neck, armpits, groin, stomach pain
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lymph node removed from armpit, groin, and lumpectomy 11/16/2016
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Bendamustine & Rituxan

Scott

Scott
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Colon cancer
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Temp ileostomy Nov 2015 Colon resection Feb 2016 Reversed ileostomy Dec 2016
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 6 weeks Flourcil (pills) and radiation Oct - Nov 2015 10 sessions IV chemo (avastin, oxilaplatin,irenitecan, 5-Fu) Apr - Sep 2016 Hands and feet numness Little nausea Fingernails thinned Balding

Mymomwillbeatthis

Mymomwillbeatthis
Cancer Type: Gallbladder Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Gallbladder stones and pain in the back.

Melissa

Melissa
Bio: Married for 22 years, with 5 cats and 3 dogs
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: dysgerminoma germ cell
Cancer Symptoms: bloating, feeling full, cycles were off, painful cramps, no energy.

Bill

Bill
Bio: My wife and I are full-time RVers and have lived on the road since the summer of 2009. This recent hiccup may curtail our continuous road trip for a while. I hope to use this blog as a journal and give encouragement to others as I receive the same.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Small, painless lump under left mandible(jaw bone.)

Allyson

Allyson
Cancer Type: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Michelle

Michelle
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Neuroendocrine Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Weight loss, pancreatitis, diarrhea, nausea
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Feb 1, 2016
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lanreotide injections 3 months/ diarrhea, excessive flatulence/ abdominal pain

Jill

Jill
Bio: Cancer came out of left field, went to primary doctor as I was tired and run down. After blood test revealed my hemoglobin was 6.3 I had blood transfusion and then sent to a Hemotologist who recommended bone marrow biopsy, two days later I was Diagnosed on February 10, 2017 with AML. Admitted to hospital on Feb 12…more
Cancer Type: Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: AML
Cancer Symptoms: Tired

Chris

Chris
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer

April

April
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

Talia

Talia
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

Romell

Romell
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: serous carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Lower right abdominal pain

Shane

Shane
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell
Cancer Symptoms: change in consistency of stool - didn't know it was a symptom. Diagnosed through routine colonoscopy.

Patricia

Patricia
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Clear cell adenocarcinoma of ovary

Belen

Belen
Bio: I am a single mother of 6 kids just living day by day
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 2A lymphoma cancer non Hodgkin
Cancer Symptoms: Pain in my left arm and had a swollen lymph nodes which is what made me go to the doctor
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: RCHOP

Christi

Christi
Bio: I am a wife, mom, and teacher diagnosed with Follicular Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in October 2011.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Back pain, Chronically enlarged lymph node on right side under jaw line, lumps on back of neck.

Kimmie

Kimmie
Bio: By profession, I am a healthcare consultant doling out loads of healthcare advise to billions of people out there. Health and Fitness is my passion. A firm believer of healthy life is a happy life; I also write columns on different topics related to health, fitness, medical issues etc. Currently I am writing columns for Travcure Medical Tourism Consultants and…more

Chapel

Chapel
Cancer Type: Tongue Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma prior Precancerous tongue lesions
Cancer Symptoms: Tongue and ear pain for 10 months ...went to 3 doctors/dentists 2x each and nothing found before the lump appeared on the tongue. In 2007-2009 annually a precancerous lesion removed from tongue.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Removed appropriately half of tongue in 2015. Annually in 2007-2009 got margins when removed precancerous lesions. In 2002 benign pituitary tumor removed. 2005 Mose surgery on nose for cancer.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Only 5 of 6 Cisplain treatments given because of so much nausea. Hospitalized for nausea and given extra intravenous fluids bags 2-3 weeks separate days from the chemo infusions.

Joan

Joan
Bio: Mother of 5. I'm 32 my cancer was discovered during a colonoscopy. They removed it then and there. Went in around a month later for a Flexi for them to tattoo the area and it had nearly grown back fully. Had the surgery a little while later and I'm now waiting.
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Moderately differentiated adenocarinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding from Bowel. Bloating, nausea, anemic
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: anterior resection of sigmoid and rectum

Jill

Jill
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Non-small cell lung cancer with met to bone

Sally

Sally
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
Cancer Symptoms: None. Incidentally found

Schelli

Schelli
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage IV Squamous cell Anal cancer, hpv virus
Cancer Symptoms: change in bowl habits, blood in stool, severe cramping.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: None
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: May 2015, 6 weeks. Hair loss, weight loss, nausea

Melanie

Melanie
Bio: Just diagnosed today. Shocked with 10 tumors present in various sizes. Retired teacher
Cancer Type: Bladder Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding. Nauseous. Pain.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Scheduled week of May 22nd 2017

MOLLY

MOLLY
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Waiting for a solid diagnosis...
Cancer Symptoms: I am 38 female, mother of 5 boys (ages 7,9,11, 14, 16), breastfed 4 of them for almost a year each ( I mention this because nursing baby is supposed to help decrease risks of breast cancer, though not other cancers), have lots of cancer on moms side but I am adopted so I don't know much more and nothing…more

Lilly

Lilly
Bio: H.R. Professional, mother of 2 boys, and cancer survivor.
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Night sweats, fever, fatigue, breathlessness, cough
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: RCHOP

Kathrine

Kathrine
Cancer Type: Oral Cancer

Nicole

Nicole
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer

Daisy

Daisy
Bio: Im a mom of a 10 year old yorkie, have a wicked, sarcastic sense of humor, 6'1, BBW that is top heavy...42DD... At least for now. I am new to this and just found out two days ago. I'm sorry to say that I didn't hear/process/understand what my breast specialist said after the stage 2 part. My brain shut down…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Dr found lump in left breast. Can feel it. No symptoms... A little sore but my puppy loves boobs and is alwaya stomping them. Thought it was bruised.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Scheduled for 6.29.17

Ollie

Ollie
Cancer Type: Brain Cancer

Liz

Liz
Bio: Retired teacher; cat owner
Cancer Type: Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: ????
Cancer Symptoms: Fatigue, weakness, low grade fever, loss of appetite, scared.

Denise

Denise
Bio: I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer on 6/16/17. I had rectal bleeding for about a year but thought it was hemeroids. I had also been extremely tired and had super low energy. I had several tests for other things before having a colonoscopy on 5/24/17. [It's best to tell your doctor all of your symptoms the first time…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A
Cancer Symptoms: Fatigue, reveal bleeding, bloating, smaller stool, weight gain (opposite of the usual symptom)

Mellany

Mellany
Bio: I am a 40 year old woman and mother of two. Diagnosed with Pleomorphic Rhabdomyosarcoma at 36.
Cancer Type: Sarcoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 4 Pleomorphic Rhabdomyosarcoma
Cancer Symptoms: Mass in the back of upper right thigh. Grew quickly. After radiation, surgery and chemo, had mets to lungs in three separate lobes. Have had three thoracatomy procedures and experimental whole lung radiation after multiple areas of spread throughout chest cavity. I have since had pread to my brain (one tumor) resected with a successful craniotomoy followed by whole brain…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Craniotomy-2016, Thoracotomy (left)-2015, Thoracotomy (right)-2015, Thoracotomy/Lobectomy (right)-2014, Wedge Resection (primary tumor-right leg)-2013
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Multiple regimens

Janean

Janean
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer

Lori

Lori
Bio: Hello, Loving Life, Travel, own a business. Wonderful husband and children and friends. Noticed a lump last year and tried to have a biopsy. HMO denied twice. Now I'm at Stage 3 and am set to have radiation (25 sessions) and surgery. Tumor is high grade and has always been painful. Apparently they do not do chemo on Tmz…more
Cancer Type: Sarcoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Myxofibrosarcoma
Cancer Symptoms: Painful lump, fatigue,
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: August 2017 after radiation therapy
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: None

Sheila

Sheila
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Sore neck

Jesse

Jesse
Bio: Husband,Dad,PopPop,Brother,Marathoner,Lyme Disease Survivor,Professional Driver,Banker,Landscaper,Mastiff lover,Avid reader,Book collector,Comic lover...
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Ovarian Cancer
Cancer Symptoms: Currently in treatment...
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Feb 22 2016 Hysterectomy & Appendix
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1.Carnoplatin/Taxol...March 30 2016 & continued for 18 straight weeks plus 4.5 blood transfusions 2.Folfox...May 2017 4 infusions then stopped because it wasn't working...

Kelly

Kelly
Cancer Type: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Sally

Sally
Bio: My dad found out he had cancer. And had 6 months to live. No cemoio for him he passed sept 6 2016. So a year ago its so hard you not expected it not so soon dad was 66
Cancer Type: Bladder Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 4

Doralyn

Doralyn
Cancer Type: Brain Cancer

Amy

Amy
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Non small lung cancer

Jen

Jen
Cancer Type: Sarcoma

Sharon

Sharon
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular
Cancer Symptoms: Enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and weight loss.

Holly

Holly
Bio: Grew up in Rome, GA. I've had far too many family members die from cancer. I have far too many friends/relatives in the present who are battling this cruel disease - but it won't win! Married again, May, 2016, and moved to Farmington, ME where my husband was already living. We are raising my young granddaughter and hope to adopt…more

Allseitz

Allseitz
Bio: 46yrs old. Found out I have Lupus/Sjogren's a year and a half ago. Just got that under control and then found the cancer!
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Itching constapation and bleeding
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5FU and mitomycin. Lost all my hair, severe mouth sores, fever from extremely low blood counts, tired, nausea, two hospital stays for a week each time.

Susi

Susi
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Death Date: July 22
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Terri

Terri
Bio: I was dianoised with stage 2 anal cancer in sept . 2016
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: stage 2 , hpv
Cancer Symptoms: found lump against anis . Blood in stool and on tolit paper

Lori

Lori
Cancer Type: Stomach Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: Vomiting, bloating, abdominal distintion, back pain
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Port placement, Celiac nerve block GJ tube placement
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Folfox, nausea/vomiting

Rynagh

Rynagh
Bio: Am 42 year female had excellwnt health never in hospital before Aug 2017
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: right parietal extra axial mass non Hodgekins B cell lymphoma follicular low grade
Cancer Symptoms: None until seizure but looking back lots of sweats day and night, It thought I was going through early menopause, itchy legs twitching of right eye all started slowly so wasn't really bothering me.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Had seizure in late August 2016 had ct scan mass found on brain initially told it was a meningioma nothing to worry about was given choice to remove or not, I opted for removal as it had caused a seizure, when surgeon went to operate he realised it was NHL, biopsy taken immediately and he continued wth removal, biopsy results…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: November 16 Started cycle of RCHOP followed by methotrexate for CNS 10 days later and RCHOP 11 days after that. finished this in April 17 no major side effects nutropenia, numbness in fingers which stopped with medication, constipation. Returned to wrk in May 2017

L

L
Cancer Type: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Ellenmary

Ellenmary
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Jennifer

Jennifer
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: atypical neuroendocrine carcinoma

CORINA

CORINA
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenosquamos Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: watery clear discharge and abdominal bloating
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2/13/18 removal of cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes 03/27/18 removal of ovaries and pelvic and para-aortic lymph nodes

Ester

Ester
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular B cell Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, Grade 2, stage 4

Faith

Faith
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Low Grade Serous Carcinoma

Holly-marie

Holly-marie
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C

Nicole

Nicole
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: IDC

Dawn

Dawn
Bio: I am a 48 yr. old, married, Mother of 3 and a proud grandmother of the sweetest little 18 month old pumpkin!
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding and my anus started to feel swollen at times
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: After a negative biopsy during a colonoscopy (3-2018), went in for surgery to have the lesion removed...another biopsy of the removed tissue showed it was cancer. I bounced back from the lesion removal surgery pretty quick.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5-21-18 thru 7-18-18. started with xeloda pills but could not keep them down. Switched to 5fU pump 24/7 for 8 weeks. Mostly tired, diarrhea during radiation but got better after. good days, bad days.

Dr. Lee

Dr. Lee
Cancer Type: Skin Cancer

Jen

Jen
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 3 Diffuse Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Abdomen discomfort which ended up being a baseball sized tumor. Also had chills & night sweats and low appetite.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: R-CHOP to start 5/24/18 - 6 treatments

Bill

Bill
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Mantel Cell
Cancer Symptoms: Back pain, low blood count, inflamed lymph nodes in abdomen

GLECY

GLECY
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Diffuse b cell non hodgkin lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Shortness of breath or cough,Weight loss & Fatigue (extreme tiredness).
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: RCHOP Feb. 3 2018 Hair loss, numbness, fatigue, body pain 7-10days after chemo, lost appetite, insomnia.

Michelle

Michelle
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer

Noelle

Noelle
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Stage 2 HPV squamous cell
Cancer Symptoms: lump on side of neck
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: soon to start either Cisplatin or Erbatux

Miriam

Miriam
Cancer Type: Sarcoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Osteosarcoma Osteoblastico

Claire

Claire
Cancer Type: Hodgkins Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: hodgkins lymphoma- nodular sclerosis subtype
Cancer Symptoms: red spots, itchy skin, lumps above the collarbone, chest pain

Carl Winston

Carl Winston
Bio: Just an ordinary filipino helping who is in need to cure cancer.

Benji

Benji
Cancer Type: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Mollygirlla

Mollygirlla
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A

Beth

Beth
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer

Mark

Mark
Bio: I am 51 years old. At the age of 18, I suffered extreme headaches during my sophomore year at Texas A&M. In November of 1986, I awoke with pain and could not see. I was rushed 90 miles south to Methodist Hospital and my God send neurosurgeon, Robert Grossman. My status was stable. My family was with me as well…more
Cancer Type: Brain Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Astrocytoma, grade 3 malignant tumor
Cancer Symptoms: your worst headache imaginable, throwing up bile, vision loss

Melissa

Melissa
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer

Teresa

Teresa
Bio: I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma 3/2012. I started treatment 8/23/2018. I completed my first marathon in June 2018, so chemo 3 months later definitely came as a surprise!
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Follicular lymphoma
Cancer Symptoms: Swollen lymph nodes, nausea, loss of appetite, flank pain (where my largest lymph nodes were seen,)

Danielle

Danielle
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Primary Media Stinal Large B Cell Lymphoma

Laura

Laura
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4

Tracy

Tracy
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: follicular
Cancer Symptoms: tumor the size of a quart of paint (no shit!)below heart entwined in mesanteric membrane.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Began with Rituxan and Treanda. Moved to Rituxan every eight week for 3 years. Never stopped feeling tired but the last year has been really exhausting and labs showed my immunogloblan levers were at 300 instead of 2000-3000. Had one 5 hour dose of Gamagard IVIG which made me sick and not eating for 2 days. Developed a skin rash…more

Sandy

Sandy
Bio: Retired GM worker in Ohio. Live in Pa. Mom to one daughter and Nana to 2 granddaughters 14 and 7.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Cancer Symptoms: bleeding thinking I had a fissure for 2 years,spread to my lymph gland,had a lump,had biopsy confirmed stage 3 anal cancer

Kelly

Kelly
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Rectal bleeding, thin BM

Tiffani

Tiffani
Bio: Herbalist Tiffani Schilling, has over 20 years experience as clinician, formulator, medicine maker and educator. She runs a busy herbal clinic, and is the developer and chief instructor for The Herb Doctor. She is a pharmacist and herbalist with the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists and the Pikes Peak Herb Association. Tiffani has been a guest speaker for the…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

Kimberly

Kimberly
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1
Cancer Symptoms: Minor rectal bleeding and cramping.

Llorente

Llorente
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer

Jonbell

Jonbell
Cancer Type: Tongue Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Stage 2, one tumour on the underside of the tonge and one on one side of the

Liz

Liz
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer

Sally

Sally
Cancer Type: Multiple Myeloma

Colleen

Colleen
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

Colleen

Colleen
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: adenocarcinoma metastasized to right lung
Cancer Symptoms: nothing much. Feel great on raw food diet and exercise program

Avyka

Avyka
Bio: Married 37 year old mother of 5 (ages 15, 10, 8, 5 and 2). Federal Government Employee, Realtor and Notary Signing Agent.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding, pain when using the bathroom, hemeroids
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomicyn push on day 1 and day 29. Xeloda 5 days a week for 7 weeks. 3 pills in AM and 3 pills in the PM.

SHELLEY

SHELLEY
Bio: I Am married to a wonderful guy who has taken care of me for 15+ yrs We have been married going on 27yrs I have a grown daughter who is a nurse and we live close to each other and together we have a son 24 who is in college to get a bachelor of music he writes and…more
Cancer Type: Multiple Myeloma
Cancer Symptoms: Bone Pain

Robert

Robert
Bio: 22 year pancreatic cancer survivor
Cancer Type: Pancreatic Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Andenocarcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Jaudice
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5 hour operation
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5-FU

Connoly

Connoly
Cancer Type: Appendiceal Cancer

Jill

Jill
Bio: 39 y/o wife and mother of 3. Part-time physical therapist
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Diffuse large B cell
Cancer Symptoms: Left ear pain and throat tightness x 1 month. Didn’t get better with 2 rounds of antibiotics. Also incessant reflux symptoms without the burning.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 3/20/19 first cycle R-Chop

Maxine

Maxine
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

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