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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 was actually 2 tumors. My constant sciatica was found to be caused by a golf ball sized tumor growing out…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the anus
Anal 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.

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Tim

Tim
Bio: This is Penelope's story, so the biography really belongs to her. Penny is a strong-willed, independent woman, true to her Irish temperament, who grew up in upstate New York and relocated to the more equable climate of the Bay Area, California, when she was 23. We were both coming out of our first marriages when I met and…more
Cancer Type: Gallbladder Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 4 rounds (8 sessions) as of 7/13/19; serious weight loss and fatigue

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Unsure

Unsure
Cancer Type: Lung Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Metastatic poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma consistent with pulmonary primary
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: removed a "golf ball" sized tumor, metastatic adenocarcinoma to the brain.

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth
Bio: I am a 35-year-old white female that lives in Baltimore, MD. I am a special education teacher, completing my 13th year of teaching. My husband and I got married 6 days after his diagnosis of neck and throat cancer (tonsil cancer).
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Neck Dissection
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 3 treatments for 3.5 hours hearing loss constant sound of cicadas/crickets in ears hissing in ears severe weight loss

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Barbara

Barbara
Bio: I was diagnosed with tonsil and breast cancer in early December 2010. I had left neck resection to remove almost 100 nodes on Dec 6, 2010 and underwent IMRT and Cistplatin from Jan 17 through March 8, 2010. I also had 2 surgeries on right breast and 3 weeks of radiation ending the end of March 2010. …more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Tonsil Cancer Symptoms: Swelling on left neck found one morning in November 2010
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: December 6, 2010 left neck resection..
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Cisplatin ....nausea and fatigue

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Alex

Alex
Bio: Hey everyone. My name is Alex and I’m 24 years old. I was diagnosed with 3C mixed, non-seminoma, testicular choriocarcinoma on Dec. 1, 2018. I have so far undergone three rounds of VIP chemotherapy (one more round to go!!) and a radical orchiectomy of the right testicle. I’ve been looking around for places to blog and get my story out…more
Cancer Type: Testicular Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: 3C Testicular Choriocarcinoma
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Radical orchiectomy of the right testicle- Dec. 28, 2018. I did not show symptoms of TC, other than back pain and then eventually my left flank became sore. According to the ultrasound, there was a small scarring on my right testicle- pathologically speaking, where the testicle has “burnt out” from the cancer, but the cancer had already spread to my…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: VIPx4. Etoposide, ifosfomide, cisplatin- four cycles, five days in a row each, every three weeks.

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Sabina

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

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Dennis

Dennis
Bio: 51 years old grewup in midwest past 20+ years living in central new jersey overall healthy lifestyle athletic--enjoy exercising 2+ times/week overall non-smoker...overall non-alcohol drinker *except brief period during teenage years and college years, and now occassional poker game or sporting event
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: primay source: right palatine tonsil; secondary source: squamous carinoma right neck node
Tonsil Cancer Symptoms: a lump on my right side of neck...no pain only mild pain in throat area from post outpatient surgery when they did exploratory biposy surgery and took pieces of tissue out
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1st surgery removed right palatine tonsil/base of tongue on 3/20/09 {by robotic surgery}..in hospital 3 nights 2nd surgery removed right neck lymph node on 3/30/09..in hospital 1 night
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: yes, cisplatin treatment was needed as the lymph node in right neck lump broke through the cell wall; attempted 3 chemo treatments {large doses} every 21 days followed by 2 days of 2 hour treatments of iv saline soutions to wash out the chemo and lessen its effects on my kidney, though my body had too intense side effects..the chemo…more

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Noelle

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

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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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