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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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Ann Marie

Ann Marie
Bio: I've been fighting Stage IV breast cancer for 7 years. Been through several meds and oncologists a cancer mutation, but thankfully things are going pretty well. I lost my husband of 20 years this past November so I have to fight even harder to make sure I am here for my 2 amazing teenage daughters.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Post-menopausal advanced stage ER+ breast cancer with FGFR-amplification
Breast Cancer Symptoms: Initially felt painful lump in my armpit. Cancer was missed on 2 diagnostic mammograms 6 months apart. Finally caught by MRI.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Started Xeloda in 11/2019, took 3 pills morning and evening 2 weeks on 1 week off, for 5 months. Only side effect was hand and foot syndrome. It started slowly but peeling and sensitivity on my feet got so bad I had to take a break for a month to let things heal. They did heal and was…more

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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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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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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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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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Gina

Gina
Bio: Single Mother of a wonderful 16 year old girl. 3 pets, dog a pug named Guinness, 2 cats Sneakers and Suggles.
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Colon and Rectal Cancer Symptoms: Lower abdomnal pressure and pain when having bowels movements, diarreh/hard bowels movements at the same time. Began drinking nutritional drinks for food.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Oct. 17 colonoscpy/ Oct 19 removed 18 inches of colon, 15 lymph nodes and appendix. Six days in hospital. Lymph nodes clear cancer had spread outside the wall of colon and almost completely closed off bowels.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 6 Months starting Dec 2, 2011. 5 hours every other week. 5-FU, Oxaliplatin and leucovorin. Will bring home 5-Fu in a bag for the weekend will run through port and bag removed on Mondays

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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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Carol

Carol
Bio: I'm 57. Moved in the fall of 2015 for a fantastic new job and to start a new life adventure. Cancer decided to make the scene. Diagnosed in January 2016. Reoccurred 5/2020.
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Endometrial Adenocarcinoma
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2/25/2016 Robotic. No major side effects. Post-surgery constipation (thanks to a few days of opioids) then the opposite, then balance, finally. This seems to be the usual course of recovery. Make sure you have a pillow for your belly for the ride home from the hospital. Avoid dairy products at all costs.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: No

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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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