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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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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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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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Ginny

Ginny
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Anal pain, narrow and frequent bowel movements, leakage, general irritation
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2 rounds of mitomycin and F5 pump. Fatigue and brain fog. Loss of appetite and loss of normal taste bud function.

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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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Stacy

Stacy
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Removal of a small hemorrhoid but turns out I have anal cancer. No other symptoms

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Kbmcv

Kbmcv
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer

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Lily

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

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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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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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