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Cleanandsober

Cleanandsober
Bio: 64 year old male
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma

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Sterling

Sterling
Bio: Husband > 30 years. Father of two adult children. I am in awe of the brave people on this site.
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Bilateral Thyroid Cancer, Papillary carcinoma, follicular variant
Thyroid Cancer Symptoms: Mostly hypothyroid type symptoms.

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Dana

Dana
Bio: 65 yo (at time of diagnosis) gay man - retirement got off to a rough start.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: small rough patch with a little bleeding
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5-FU plus mitomycin; mostly weakness, nausea

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Ben

Ben
Bio: I'm a 50-year old married gay guy in Western New York. I am a career federal employee working in public relations and a creative writer, nature lover, and deep thinker.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Symptoms that caused me to make the incorrect self-diagnosis of hemorrhoids, starting with small amounts of blood on toilet paper, which eventually increased to levels that were alarming.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: NIGRO protocol with capecitabine + mitomycin began concurrently with radiation therapy (January 22, 2019 through March 4, 2019). I chose an oral medication instead of an infusion pump, which was somewhat risky because the oral medication was so new. At the time, there was very little history or research gathered on its effectiveness, but early data suggested it was at…more

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Pat C

Pat C
Bio: Pat C. Male age 54
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Tonsil Cancer Symptoms: Ongoing sore thoat - Was thought to be infection, then abscess then tonsil stone. Not until tonsilectomy was cancer discovered.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: January 17, 2011 - Tonsilectomy - Ouch for 2 weeks lost 10 pounds but got through it.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: February 25, 2011 - Cysplatin (Cisplatyn) I don't know 4 of 8 weeks only as it ruined my throat way early and did it's job - according to the dr.

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Rosemary

Rosemary
Bio: Well it's been a long time since I've checked in. I've changed my name and forgot old password so have had to reregister with blogforacure. By next October I will be five years from my last treatment for anal cancer. It's a great reason to celebrate, but I really try to live one day at a time. My stomach has…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding, painful protrusion.

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Shannon

Shannon
Bio: Anal cancer stage 3. Finished treatment 6/17/19. Stage IIIA cT2,cN1a,cM0
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Changes in bowels, narrowing of stools and maroon blood in stool.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5/7/19 through 5/11/19 and 6/10/19 through 6/14/19. Mouth sores fatigue skin irritation from PICC line.

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Linda

Linda
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Rectal bleeding
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Aug 20, 2020 surgery in attempt to remove tumor and hemorrhoid. Difficulty and pain following surgery
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2 chemo infusions and 6 chemo pills a day for 6 weeks

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Leanne

Leanne
Bio: I am a speech language pathologist, married to my very supportive husband, and have two fur-babies (dogs). At the age of 49, I was diagnosed with anal cancer stage I in May of 2022.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell cancer T1NOMO
Anal Cancer Symptoms: In January of 2020 I noticed a little bump on the perianal area. My doctor examined it and treated it as a hemorrhoid. With COVID19 happening that Spring, my next doctor's appointment had to be rescheduled to May. My doctor examined it again and noticed it was not getting better so she referred me to a surgeon who removes hemorrhoids…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin 5 FU June 13-17. constipation, flushed red skin on the face, neck, chest for two days, loss of appetite, nausea. 2nd Week June 20th more constipation and mouth sores/gum sensitivity

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Jim

Jim
Cancer Type: Tongue Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, HPV+
Tongue Cancer Symptoms: Brachial cleft cyst at the base of neck - HPV+, noncancerous. 2 1/2 years later, swollen cervical lymph node.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Right partial glossectomy, less than half the tongue (3.1 cm with necrosis). Right tonsillar fossa tumor resection. Right neck dissections, levels 2A, 2B, 3, and 4 (55 lymph nodes removed, 7 cancerous - one necrotic). Pathology reports show invasive p16-positive HPV carcinoma with perineural invasion, lymphvascular invasion, and carcinoma focally extends to the deep margin (which means…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Cisplatin - will start in Oct. 2021.

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