73 Cancer Blogs from Pennsylvania, United States

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Pat C

Pat C
Bio: Pat C. Male age 54
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Tonsil Cancer Symptoms: Ongoing sore thoat - Was thought to be infection, then abscess then tonsil stone. Not until tonsilectomy was cancer discovered.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: January 17, 2011 - Tonsilectomy - Ouch for 2 weeks lost 10 pounds but got through it.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: February 25, 2011 - Cysplatin (Cisplatyn) I don't know 4 of 8 weeks only as it ruined my throat way early and did it's job - according to the dr.

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Joy

Joy
Bio: ovary cancer stage 3 just discharged from hospital and told
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: stage 3

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Katie

Katie
Bio: New momma and cancer caregiver. Fighting one battle after another. No one fights alone!
Cancer Type: Thyroid Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid Cancer Symptoms: Large nodule in the neck area on the thyroid. Severe fatigue and trouble swallowing/speaking.

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Sandyjo

Sandyjo
Bio: Updated 1/10/15 - It has been 4 years of being cancer free!!! Last radiation was end of May 2010 and Surgery to remove remaining cancer was mid December 2010! Still have the side effects including lack of saliva Missing saliva glands on right side) and swallowing problems. Original post - I am 61. Spring,summer & fall…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Tonsil Cancer Symptoms: sore throat & I thought I had a swollen gland - cancer was right tonsil, lymph nodes and back of tongue
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Removed remaining tonsil with cancer cells, a spot on my tongue, lymph nodes and one saliva gland - December 15, 2010. I could nto get my mouth open far so they had to cut through jaw & neck. Chin, tongue, rt side inside my mouth and some teeth are still sensitive on June 6, 2011. Mouth and…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Cetuximab - Brand name: Erbitux - April 1, 2010 - so far just really really tired. I was told later a rash and other stuff could happen. ( 5/1/10 - rash did appear including itching. Scalp was the worst. Lying down felt like pins sticking my head. I was told…more

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Stacey

Stacey
Bio: I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago. I was in shock. I immediately had surgery to remove the cancer followed by radiation. I have been clear ever since but have had many side effects from the radiation and the surgery as well. I am still getting surgeries and seeing doctors- years later. Ever since my diagnosis I…more
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: DCIS
Breast Cancer Symptoms: too many to list
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lumpectomy- 2/14/2011 Hysterectomy- 11/16/2011
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: na

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Jesse

Jesse
Bio: Husband,Dad,PopPop,Brother,Marathoner,Lyme Disease Survivor,Professional Driver,Banker,Landscaper,Mastiff lover,Avid reader,Book collector,Comic lover...
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms: Currently in treatment...
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Feb 22 2016 Hysterectomy & Appendix
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1.Carnoplatin/Taxol...March 30 2016 & continued for 18 straight weeks plus 4.5 blood transfusions 2.Folfox...May 2017 4 infusions then stopped because it wasn't working...

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Karen

Karen
Bio: My dad is still my Daddy to me (and always will be) but my heart is being ripped apart by this cancer diagnosis and the thought of losing him and to such a painful way. I am trying to stay positive and have become obsessed with researching the latest treatments for pancreatic cancer since his is unresectable for now (prescribed…more
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinoma
Pancreas Cancer Symptoms: Prior to stent: extreme nausea, fatigue, weight loss (15 lbs), back pain, jaundice, loss of appetite (unable to finish meals), abdominal pain, needing to take several anti-acids daily Present: back pain, feeling easily full, abdominal pain, increased appetite for potato pancakes!!!!!!
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: After almost a year of hearing No/Yes/Maybe my Dad had his Whipple at JH in Baltimore in March, after one week we went home. They also gave him electroporation to treat the tumor that had been resting on the artery.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Extreme fatigue, some dry heaving, hair loss, neutropenia
Death Date: May 1, 2017
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Merrill

Merrill
Bio: I was diagnosed with Stage 3A anal cancer in September 2008, caused by HPV. I'm an artist and museum director (day job). I have a remarkable husband, who supports both my spirit and my flesh. My cancer journey continues to be supported by my medical team at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. I also credit several dear friends for their…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Rectal pain and bleeding. Told it was a hemorrhoid. Fortunately, I kept demanding to see the doctor.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: A chemo port was surgically installed just under my collar bone. After I completed 2 rounds of chemo and 7 weeks of radiation, my tumor was much smaller but still there. I switched hospitals from Jefferson Univ. in Phila. to Sloan Kettering in NYC. To determine if the remaining tumor was still cancerous, I had a surgical biopsy, going into…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: The standard for anal cancer: two rounds of 5FU & Mitomycin. Lost about half my hair. Very bad mouth sores and oral thrush, especially in the 10 days after infusions. Became neutropenic (big drop in the type of white blood cells that are the major infection fighters) with second round of Mitomycin.

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Carol

Carol
Bio: 53 year old housewife from rural Fleetwood PA. I love animals, especially cats - they are my furry nerve pills and stayed close to me on my bed through the agony of chemo and one, my special "Dimples", licked away my tears when I cried. On a happier note, my husband, my cats and my love of photography have helped…more
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3C cancer
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms: bloating, fatigue, abdominal pain
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: hysterectomy March 17 2008
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: chemo May 2008 to August 2008, did 5 rounds out of 6 - nausea, peripheral neuropathy, anemia,hair loss,dehydration, fatigue, weight loss

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MIchelle

MIchelle
Bio: Mother of two young girls. Journalist and editor for over 20 years. Former rock musician; avid foodie; love to travel. I am sassy (when not scared out of my mind by waiting for test results and icky medical procedures) and plan on not going anywhere without a serious fight. ;)
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma & Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Breast Cancer Symptoms: None. I found my evil lump while showering, and even after I and my doc could feel it, the mammogram was "clear." It was then seen on ultrasound and MRI. NO family history. Genetic tests (BRCA 1 & 2) negative. During routine scans after breast cancer dx, a mass was found in my head. Turns out in addition to the bc, I…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Excisional biopsy of left breast 11/23/10 (1.1cm tumor) Re-excision to get clear margins and do sentinel node biopsy 12/21/10
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 4 rounds of taxotere & cytoxan every 3 weeks. Started 3/3/11. Second round completed 3/24/11; had allergic reactions to both drugs. Third round done without reactions (super slow drip) on 4/14/11. Fourth & FINAL round completed 5/5/11, and grateful for being finished!!

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