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Patti

Patti
Bio: 60 years old. Diagnosed 9/18 Completed treatment 11/18. First scan showed residual disease. Husband died 2 years ago from HPV + head and neck cancer.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: pain attributed to hem or may anal fissure. Treated for hemorrhoids for approx 6 months before DX. Slight rectal bleeding, pain, pressure, difficulty with BM's. IBS type symptoms. Found lump vaginally first.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5fu and Mitomycin two rounds Oct-Nov 2018. Did not tolerate 5fu. Caused a Type 2 heart attack. Each round of chemo required heart unit stays/

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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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Jeanie

Jeanie
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer

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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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Carole

Carole
Cancer Type: Ovarian Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: ovarian
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms: none at present. finished second round of chemo and am going on a parp inhibitor
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Oct 2 2015
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: June 2015 until Jan 2016 Second course started Feb 26, 2018 ending May 7 2018

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Cathy

Cathy
Bio: I'd describe myself as a fun-loving, active, wife, mother, home mortgage consultant. Been married to my husband 31 years in July, 2012. We've had a lot of fun. He's my rock. I have two fabulous children; Amber (30) and Sam (29) whom I'm lucky to consider friends. I'm so proud of all that they've accomplished. I've worked in the mortgage…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal Cancer (Squamous Cell)
Anal Cancer Symptoms: None really, but about 3 months before colonoscopy had some swelling and bleeding down there. Thought it might be hemorrhoids. If it happened a second time I was going to check it.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Mitomycin and 5FU - 2 rounds

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Gemma

Gemma
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Dcis
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Lumpectomy and lymph node clearence 2008,ovaries both large tumour 2010, total gastrectomy and lymphs around stomach area 2015, speenectomy 20 percent pancreas and 20 percent removal of bowel. Difficlulty eating cant gain weight, nigjt sweats,pian in joints and bone, muscles.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Six rounds in 2008 and 12 rounds in 2015 got through these not too bad in the big scheme of things.

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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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Mike

Mike
Bio: I'm 61, married to a wonder lady, I have a 20yr old son attending his 3nd year college at Hendrix in Ar.(Deans list last semester, 4.0 yea) I have two grown step daughters who try their best to take care of me, as well as my parents both in their early 80's, two sisters and one brother all live…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Dec 6, 2011 12" colon removed with 14 limp nodes and a very abnormal appendix, benign.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Chemo-therapy of 5FU and Oxaliplatin started 3/12/2012 and finished 8/13/2012 administered every two weeks, and taking home an infusion pump of 5FU for two days.

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Barry

Barry
Cancer Type: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3A cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Marginal Zone Nodal Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms: Swollen Nodes and itchy bumps

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