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Jeanne

Jeanne
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Thought it was hemroids...tried RX cream/suppositories, even something called rectal rocket
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Taking pills(xeloda) 2 x day only on radiation days. Mitomycin IV 1st day and 28th day of radiation treatment Some nausea/Anti nausea pills help

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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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Heather

Heather
Bio: I was having a horrible year in 2018 when I got my cancer diagnosis. I had gotten a bad case of food poisoning, ended up in a mental health hospital, my 5 year relationship ended, I had to move back in with my parents and on top of it all was diagnosed with cancer before the end of the year.…more
Cancer Type: Cervical Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinoma - Malignant neoplasm of endocervix (HCC) and then malignant neoplasm of exocervix (HCC)
Cervical Cancer Symptoms: Unusual vaginal bleeding, could feel something wasn’t right and hormonal changes.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Placement of a SMIT sleeve for internal radiation January 21. Removal of SMIT sleeve after 5 treatments of internal radiation February 5, 2019. Very little side effects, mild cramps and that was it.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5 weeks of chemo started December 4 ended on January 2. Ended up in ER twice, once for vomiting blood and once for persistent vomiting.

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Sterling

Sterling
Bio: Husband > 30 years. Father of two adult children. I am in awe of the brave people on this site.
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Bilateral Thyroid Cancer, Papillary carcinoma, follicular variant
Thyroid Cancer Symptoms: Mostly hypothyroid type symptoms.

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John

John
Bio: Professional business man working in the management consulting industry.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal Cancer
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Weekly infusion of Cisplatin and 5 days a week of 5FU

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Michele

Michele
Bio: Aloha! I am celebrating my two year anniversary of being an anal cancer warrior. It has been an amazing two year journey for me and although this will sound very odd, I feel very blessed to have had this experience. It has opened so many doors for me in my life that I would have missed; and…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamos Cell Carcinoma, NOS, with occasional Keratinzation (squamous perls)
Anal Cancer Symptoms: First felt a bump while showering and followed it until it formed what I thought was a hemorrhoid. At that time I was also due for my colonoscopy so I had it checked out immediately and game on!
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: I honestly cannot say I had colorectal surgery - I had what I thought was a very small hemorrhoid removed and poof instead it was 3 cm cancerous tumor. I just didn't know how to get rid of the Surgery choice and it was the closest thing I could come up with to what I had done. I…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5-FU Two rounds done in the hospital W-M 24 hour IV drip into my lovely port I named Randy. Blistering Lips - Acupuncture helped that tremendously - I had almost no blistering the second round of chemo. I did it once a week during my entire of treatment and for about a month and half after.…more

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Shara

Shara
Cancer Type: Nasopharyngeal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Nonkeratinizing squamous cell
Nasopharyngeal Cancer Symptoms: Fullness in right ear, sinus headaches, tingling and numbness in upper right lip and cheek area near the nose, right side of tongue and right side of roof of mouth sensitive to salty and acidic foods
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Started weekly induction chemo on 9/5/13 with carboplatin and paclitaxel- soreness in mouth, slight nausea, dry skin (severe itching), acid reflux. Started chemo-radiation on 11/4/13 using cisplatin. Received 5 weekly cisplatin treatments until wbc count was too low.

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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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Vanessa

Vanessa
Bio: Diagnosed with breast cancer on 3/5/2019.Two surviving sisters and one surviving cousin with breast cancer.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Breast Cancer Symptoms: Breast distortion and inverted nipple.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Surgery date to be Sept 18th, 2019. Single left mastectomy. (Reconstruction not until the fall of 2020.) 2nd surgery 5 days later to remove all lymph nodes on left side. Add'l surgery to remove expander that was leaking. Had implant put in instead.

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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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