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Debbie

Debbie
Bio: I am a photographer who is beginning a second career as a writer.I also have a line of cancer awareness jewelry that I make for every type of cancer. I noticed when I was diagnosed with breast cancer that…more
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: DCIS in summer '08 and Endometrial in summer '09
Cancer Symptoms: lump under arm sent me for my 1st mammogram at age 52. DCIS was found at stage zero. (The lump is still there...it's fat) Endometrial cancer diagnosed 1 year later from constant spotting that was daily from Easter weekend until…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mastectomy in Aug.'08 because dcis was in 2 places. Lumpectomy not an option and besides, I didn't have to have chemo or any other after treatment. Endometrial cancer caused complete hysterectomy in August '09. I am just now…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: See Surgery Description> apparently I cannot follow directions

Cathy

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

Michele

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

Jeanne

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

Melanie

Melanie
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2

Cindy

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

Jana

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

Sabina

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

Janice

Janice
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Cancer Symptoms: Stool changes, bloody stools
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2 IV chemo treatments, on day one, then 2nd delayed due to dehydration, also 6 pills/day for 30 days, same timing as radiation, very tired, no appetite, lost 15 pounds

Mayday

Mayday
Bio: I was diagnosed in February 2011 - stage 3B anal squamous cell carcinoma with spread to the inguinal and abdominal lymph nodes. I first went to the doctors in April 2010 - they told me the little lumps were…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Originally 2 small hard lumps on the verge of the anus - itchy No blood, no constipation, no pain. Left for 1 year by medical profession. Since biopsy have grown and bleed and hurt. Inguinal lymph node swollen
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: To start on 4th April 2011
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April 17, 2010

Laguna Niguel, California 92677

April 28

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

Squamous cell

February 8, 2010

Stage 2

3.1 - 4.0 cm

No

It's terrifying

It's hard to get through

Listen, provide support, offer advice, PRAY

No

Hoag Memorial Hospital Newport Beach, CA

April 28, 2010

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

No Surgery

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