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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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Wendy

Wendy
Bio: I am 58 years old, married to the most wonderful man in the world. I am a Real Estate Broker, Certified Negotiation Expert, Real Estate Investor, and Notary Signing Agent. I was diagnosed with anal cancer on 12/2/2018 after having blood in poo for probably 2 years. I "assumed" my hemorrhoids were back and I wasn't going to…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal Cancer Stage 3A - Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Blood in poo for a couple of years. Assumed it was hemorrhoids. Didn't want to deal with it as I had surgery for that years ago and spent a week in the hospital. Very painful recovery. When the blood started squirting out before pee or poo... I figured there was a problem.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Chemo didn't affect me too much. Got some weird tastes in my mouth. My hair thinned a lot. Used to love beer, now I don't have a taste for it. I have a constant smell in my nose like some kind of burnt food.

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Carol

Carol
Bio: Updated: 09/24/17--I am 55 y/o female. ** Updated 12/13/2015--- I am now 4.5 years post Dx and Tx. The following information was the beginning of my cancer journey. Currently, I am NED. I do have side effects from the chemotherapy and pelvic radiation. My thyroid got messed up, but I am on Rx, and doing fine…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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Dawn

Dawn
Bio: Diagnosed with T3N1MO Anal cancer at the age of 46.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: T3 N1 M0
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Pain. Blood/discharge.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1 round of IV Mitomycin and 28 days of oral chemo Capecitabine 18th March 2019 for 5.5 weeks run concurrently with Chemo.

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Alicia

Alicia
Bio: 55 year old divorced mother of 3 and grandmother of 1
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Anal
Anal Cancer Symptoms: None for the anal (I have always had irritable bowel) except 2 squamous skin on calf and shoulder and my dermatologist told me to get a colonoscopy because the outside can signal what going on in the inside,

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Jan

Jan
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell stage 3A
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Had a dull ache in the bum area for a few weeks & it finally got bad enough I went to the Dr who recommended a colonoscopy & during the procedure they took a biopsy of the tumor they found. I was so shocked. It was unreal.

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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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Avyka

Avyka
Bio: Married 37 year old mother of 5 (ages 15, 10, 8, 5 and 2). Federal Government Employee, Realtor and Notary Signing Agent.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Bleeding, pain when using the bathroom, hemeroids
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomicyn push on day 1 and day 29. Xeloda 5 days a week for 7 weeks. 3 pills in AM and 3 pills in the PM.

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Sandy

Sandy
Bio: Retired GM worker in Ohio. Live in Pa. Mom to one daughter and Nana to 2 granddaughters 14 and 7.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Anal Cancer Symptoms: bleeding thinking I had a fissure for 2 years,spread to my lymph gland,had a lump,had biopsy confirmed stage 3 anal cancer

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Sandy

Sandy
Bio: Diagnosed on 7/20/2018 with anal cancer
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: I had a mass which I thought was hemorrhoid. I had a dream that it was cancer and mentioned it to my primary doctor who referred me to a colon rectal surgeon. I had no bleeding, but also had high pressure, In fact, I've had no high blood pressure since the mass was removed.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 7/14/2018
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Pill Chemo - Xeloda 500 mg. 4 pills AM 3 in PM. Zofran for Nausea. 2 IV push of Mitomycin during the 1st & last radiation treatments. MItomycin IV side effects - Metallic taste in everything lasted 24 hours Xelolda - Annoying tingling in hands, legs & feet which went away week 1. Nausea waves Stomach pains…more

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