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Shannon

Shannon
Bio: Anal cancer stage 3. Finished treatment 6/17/19.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 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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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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Richard

Richard
Bio: 68 year old veteran, gay with 2 dachshunds living in Los Angeles. celi-bracy(celebrating my celibacy) for the last 13 years. always stayed fit and felt as if I was taking care of my body quite well..... this just goes to show that in this journey we call "life"... nature/nuture have their own will and power over our body...all we can…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcionoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: a week after having completed my PSA and urine tests(5/22/18), i noticed blood in the toilet and completed the F.I.T--fecal immunochemical test.... I forgot to mail it in and drove to the VA and had them give me another one, did it and that afternoon i returned it...two days later i received a call to schedule a…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: AM NOT USING THE 5-FU....INSTEAD ITS CAPECITABINE 500MG

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Jeffrey

Jeffrey
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: colon cancer
Colon and Rectal Cancer Symptoms: pain discomfort intestinal issues
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: may 19 port installed. may 19 removed 15 inches of descending colon and tissue surrounding kidney and partial removal of left kidney as tumor grew through colon wall into kidney had 11 of 18 lymph nodes affected, 7 months of chemo, first scan April of 2020 lit up like a Christmas tree. 9 cancer tumors 1cm-2.5cm in size found in…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: june 19 through end of nov 19 had chemo every two weeks, mouth sores, metal taste in mouth, hands feet peeled, nausea, severe intolerance to anything cold or hot eating or touching....everything had to be room temp.

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Rachelle

Rachelle
Bio: Hello, I am a 34 year old single mother to one human child and 8 furry animals. If I filled this out one day sooner I could have said I am a survivor instead of fighter of cancer.. ah well onward and upward I guess. I was diagnosed with stage 3 anal cancer (Hpv18) in October of 2018(side note: hpv…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma (scc) of Anal region
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Tail bone pain, progressively got worse, couldn't sit. Anal pain. Rapid weight loss.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2 Continuous drip 4-5 day, rounds 5-fu and Only one of mitomycin were given due to how sick I was towards 2nd treatment. One given oct. 2018 the other december 2018.

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Anne

Anne
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding , pain, itching

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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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Els

Els
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: (recurrent )squamous cell tumor in the anal canal ,not HPV related (HPV-), basaloid type (rare type)
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: Of teh intial tumor in 2018 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: At recurrence now in 2020 capecetabine (5F-Utablets) and metomicine (1x) . Toxic reaction on capecetabine. (After 2nd opinion in 2018 I declined on chemo because the doctors did not agree on wether it was nessecary.)

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Heidi

Heidi
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Severe bleeding that landed me in the ER
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin & 5FU started on 1/18 ended on 1/22. Next chemo to start on 2/15. Side effects were constipation, fatigue and low appetite and aversion to smells.

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Carol

Carol
Bio: Updated: 06/02/2020--I am 57 y/o female. 05/09/2020 was my 9 year Cancerversary!!! I am blessed-especially, when I learn that we lost another Warrior (Patty, 2019) who was Stage II anal cancer, as was I. What was different? I had surgery (that is how my cancer was found. Also, I just reread her profile. No Mitomycin was…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma of the anus
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Chronological order: Blood-tinged drainage for months, then heavy bleeding with BMs-which I "hoped", for months, would go away. A hard skin tag, change in stool appearance, increased difficulty defecating. PAIN!
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 02/17/11: Anal fissurectomy with lateral sphincterotomy. Only SE was pain. Now, I can poo w/o pain for the first time in MONTHS. It still looks weird (TMI.) This found the CA. 07/03/12--anal/rectal biopsy of suspicious tissue found during a DRE. Thankfully, it was only scar tissue.--I hurt like hell for 3 wks after though!! :/
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin and f5u-begin 4/12/11. . . . I was EXTREMELY tired and became EXTREMELY short-of-breath (ended up with bronchitis, but I have asthma.) One of the meds, Mytomycin, I think, can adversely affect the lungs. My thyroid got messed up so I now take meds. Nodules on lungs, on CT . . . monitoring those.

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