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Neal

Neal
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer

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Sabina

Sabina
Bio: I was just diagnosed with vocal chord cancer stage 2 so far
Cancer Type: Larynx Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Vocal Chord
Larynx Cancer Symptoms: sore throat burning and ears hurting

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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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Danean

Danean
Bio: My name is Danean (rhymes with “machine”) and I was diagnosed with rectal adenocarcinoma in August of 2009 at the ripe old age of 41. I had a transanal resection October 5th, radiation five days a week for five and a half weeks from November 16th through January 5th, and took Xeloda until my platelet count fell so low that my…more
Cancer Type: Colon and Rectal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Rectal Adenocarcinoma
Colon and Rectal Cancer Symptoms: Rectal bleeding that my gynecologist said was “probably hemorrhoids,” lower back ache, occasional diarrhea.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Transanal resection, October 5th, 2009.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Xeloda (oral chemo) for two and a half weeks. I was supposed to have it for five weeks, but my platelet counts wouldn't stay up. I was diagnosed with Chronic ITP (an auto-immune platelet disease) shortly after I finished treatment.

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Susan J

Susan J
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Adenocarcinoma
Pancreas Cancer Symptoms: Unrelenting pain in the upper belly
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Whipple Procedure performed January 19, 2010 at Columbia Presbyterian. The cancer was staged at 2b, with positive margins and lymph nodes.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Gemcitibine plus Xeloda started March 2010 continuing through August 2010. The disease was in remission until August 2012, when metastases to the lungs was diagnosed, and the cancer progressed to Stage 4. Gemcitibine plus Xeloda followed until a chemo break in May 2013 was prescribed due to indolent nature of lung mets and hand/foot syndrome. With increasing size of lung…more

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Billea

Billea
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Endocrine
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Whipple procedure 12/01/2015. No side effects really at all. I was extremely lucky. I was off work for three months and now just about back to normal.

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Alice

Alice
Bio: This will be my 2nd bout with cancer. I was diagnosed in 2012 with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma undetermined primary site...treated as anal cancer. March 2017 my PET/CT scan showed the same thing...and an inguinal lymph node biopsy showed squamous cell.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: metastatic squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Fatigue, annoyingly unpredictable bowels, loss of appetite, pain

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Jenna

Jenna
Bio: I am 24, my father has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and i am looking for some support and information to help with my ability to cope as well as my ability to better support my father through the journey
Cancer Type: Pancreas Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Pancreas Cancer Symptoms: Abdominal Pain, back pain, dark colored urine(prior to stent), elevated billirubin, constipation
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Bile duct stent on 5/1/14

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Meagen

Meagen
Bio: I am living with cancer, NOT dying from it. I have been writing to vent. Someone recommended I do a blog. So here are the mostly inappropriate rants of a 28-year-old with breast cancer. Get ready cancer because here I fucking come.
Cancer Type: Breast Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Breast Cancer Symptoms: Lump in right breast.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: not scheduled yet
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: June 4th 2016, every 3 weeks for 6 sessions. Maybe more after surgery. Chemo combo tch

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Mystic1der

Mystic1der
Cancer Type: Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Carcinoid Tumor
Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Symptoms: Server abdominal pain (on the right side near navel), Chills, Uncontrollable Shaking, Persistent Nausea. Went to the ER and they determined it was appendicitis.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Had a Laparoscopic Appendectomy (Feb 6, 2015) and a Laparoscopic Right Colectomy (Mar 26, 2015). 8 inches of my colon was removed.

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May 1, 2017

Vital Info

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May 5, 2015

Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403

May 1, 2017

Cancer Info

Pancreas Cancer

Adenocarcinoma

April 17, 2015

Stage 3

2.1 - 3.0 cm

Yes

I hate the pancreas! Who thinks about the pancreas??

Cherish every moment of your life and being around your loved ones. Have patience in all you do especially with your family (sometimes we are the least patient with them because we know eventually they will forgive us!)

Eat your own cruciferous veggies! They can help prevent pancreatic cancer.

Not to organs, arteries are involved: hepatic and celiac axis

Field and Stream gift certificates for my Dad!

Primary: Erie Regional Cancer Center Surgery consultation: Hillman Cancer Center Surgery: John Hopkins Baltimore

Walk your puppies. Dogs give me a happiness that humans cannot. If you have dogs you understand. If you don't, you have been missing out.

Take a deep breath and if you can't take a deep breath, find something to laugh about!

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!!!!!!

Extreme fatigue, some dry heaving, hair loss, neutropenia

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