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Jana

Jana
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell cancer
Anal 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

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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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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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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 (29) whom I'm lucky to consider friends. I'm so proud of all that they've accomplished. I've worked in the mortgage…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal Cancer (Squamous Cell)
Anal Cancer Symptoms: None really, but about 3 months before colonoscopy had some swelling and bleeding down there. Thought it might be hemorrhoids. If it happened a second time I was going to check it.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin and 5FU - 2 rounds

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Beverly

Beverly
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: rectal bleeding
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: polyp removed during routine colonoscopy - pathology diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma

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Lucy

Lucy
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Anal pain ,bleeding felt like hemorrhoids
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Very tired a bit nausea

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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 just skin flaps and a routine biopsy was delayed twice Treatment started in April 2011 after 2 months of tests…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Anal 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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Jill

Jill
Bio: I am 55 years old, about to turn 56 soon, retired EA who just moved across the country prior to the diagnosis. Married with 2 fur babies. My 3 sons are grown and out in the world making their own way. I have Bomb Parties on Facebook Live, mostly for fun and meeting lots of amazing people,…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Anal Cancer Symptoms: what I thought was a large hemorrhoid turned out to be anal cancer. Itching and some mild bleeding
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: First round 11-29-21 thru 2-4-21 Second round 2-27-21 thru 2-30-21 Both with the fanny pack pump through my port

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Allie

Allie
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Anal Cancer Symptoms: After starting a fruit/vegetable cleanse (specifically carrot juice every day!), had blood clot with bowel movement. Scheduled my first colonoscopy -- at 58 yrs of age -- which wasn't until 4 months in the future. After stopping the carrot juice, the blood clot in bowel movement went away. Occasionally felt pressure in my bum, but for the most part, no…more

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Jeanie

Jeanie
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer

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