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Jeanne

Jeanne
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Anal 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

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Danean

Danean
Bio: My name is Danean (rhymes with “machine”) and I was diagnosed with rectal adenocarcinoma in August of 2009 at the ripe old age of 41. I had a transanal resection October 5th, radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks from November 16th through January 5th, and took Xeloda until my platelet count fell so low that my…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Rectal Adenocarcinoma
Colon and Rectal Cancer Symptoms: Rectal bleeding that my gynecologist said was “probably hemorrhoids,” lower back ache, occasional diarrhea.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Transanal resection, October 5th, 2009.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Xeloda (oral chemo) for two and a half weeks. I was supposed to have it for five weeks, but my platelet counts wouldn't stay up. I was diagnosed with Chronic ITP (an auto-immune platelet disease) shortly after I finished treatment.

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Larissa

Larissa
Bio: I began this journey as a 39 year old wife and mother of three. Now at 44 I praise God for every minute I have been allowed to share with them, and look forward to every opportunity I can to share with those I love. I have learned that to battle this disease takes more strength than anyone on the…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C cancer
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: from Oct. 2004 to July 2009 I have had 3 colon surgeries, now there is nothing left, a total hysterectomy and my gallbladder removed. I have had more colonoscopies than I can count...and have had two port-a-caths in and out.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: two 6 month bouts...one 2004 to 2005. next March 2007 to Sept. 2007 Nueropathy, memory loss, balance issues, joint and muscle pain

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Heather

Heather
Bio: I was having a horrible year in 2018 when I got my cancer diagnosis. I had gotten a bad case of food poisoning, ended up in a mental health hospital, my 5 year relationship ended, I had to move back in with my parents and on top of it all was diagnosed with cancer before the end of the year.…more
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinoma - Malignant neoplasm of endocervix (HCC) and then malignant neoplasm of exocervix (HCC)
Cervical Cancer Symptoms: Unusual vaginal bleeding, could feel something wasn’t right and hormonal changes.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Placement of a SMIT sleeve for internal radiation January 21. Removal of SMIT sleeve after 5 treatments of internal radiation February 5, 2019. Very little side effects, mild cramps and that was it.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5 weeks of chemo started December 4 ended on January 2. Ended up in ER twice, once for vomiting blood and once for persistent vomiting.

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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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Priti

Priti
Cancer Type: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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Els

Els
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell tumor in the anal canal , HPV related (16)
Anal Cancer Symptoms: in the end I had thrombosed hemorrhoides (never had, very painful) but surgeon did not see tumor, not even with ultra sound. After hem. was cut and cured, it still hurt. So I examined it myself and felt a rough kind of flat lump and I went back. I was sent to another surgeon and he took it away and…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: all was taken out, but an area of pre-cancerous cells (AIN 3)was found around it and in the cutting edges of the wound.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: After 2nd opinion I declined on chemo because the doctors did not agree on wether it was nessecary.

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John

John
Bio: Professional business man working in the management consulting industry.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal Cancer
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Weekly infusion of Cisplatin and 5 days a week of 5FU

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Michele

Michele
Bio: Aloha! I am celebrating my two year anniversary of being an anal cancer warrior. It has been an amazing two year journey for me and although this will sound very odd, I feel very blessed to have had this experience. It has opened so many doors for me in my life that I would have missed; and…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamos Cell Carcinoma, NOS, with occasional Keratinzation (squamous perls)
Anal Cancer Symptoms: First felt a bump while showering and followed it until it formed what I thought was a hemorrhoid. At that time I was also due for my colonoscopy so I had it checked out immediately and game on!
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: I honestly cannot say I had colorectal surgery - I had what I thought was a very small hemorrhoid removed and poof instead it was 3 cm cancerous tumor. I just didn't know how to get rid of the Surgery choice and it was the closest thing I could come up with to what I had done. I…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5-FU Two rounds done in the hospital W-M 24 hour IV drip into my lovely port I named Randy. Blistering Lips - Acupuncture helped that tremendously - I had almost no blistering the second round of chemo. I did it once a week during my entire of treatment and for about a month and half after.…more

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