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Michele

Michele
Bio: My name is Michele and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Anal Cancer in February 2010. I asked my OB-Gyn doctor to check what I thought was a hemorrhoid flare up at my routine pap smear visit, and discovered it was actually 2 tumors. My constant sciatica was found to be caused by a golf ball sized tumor growing out…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the anus
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Rectal bleeding, itching, sciatic pain. (thought my hemorhoid was acting up)
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Laminectomy and tumor removal of the metestatic sacral tumor. This was done microscopically (with a small spoon). Nov 2012 Wedge resection right lower lobe via thoracotomy.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2 rounds, 96 hours each week 1 and week 5 during radiation of 5-FU. Mytomycin-C first round only. Hairloss, nausea, vomiting, 30 pounds of weight loss. Recurrence 2013- 4 rounds of Cisplatin with 46 hours of 5-FU with each round.

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Cindy

Cindy
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3B cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Anal cancer squamous cell
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Anal skin tag...burning..itching...cramps....constipation ....tired
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Two groin nodes removed July 2, 2012 Anal skin tag removed Aug, 2012
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Starting Aug 27th 5FU and Mito C

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Jana

Jana
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell cancer
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Hemorrhoids- went to OB/GYN in Feb complaining of hemorrhoids. Then again in April with pressure she said hemorrhoids. Knew something was wrong so self scheduled with colo rectal doctor.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: May 16th colonoscopy - May 17th Path report - Anal cancer - constipation, itchy burning "hemorrhoid type" symptoms then pressure on vaginal wall
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 5 FU - through port for 5 days June 6th and again July 5th - survived first dose with severe sore throat, mouth sores and rash. Dreading July 5th

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Mary

Mary
Bio: Received anal cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) diagnosis three years ago. Fortunately, for me: stage 1. I acted on very few, very mild symptoms and the brilliant British NHS did the rest. Treatment survived. Adapting still to effects of radiation.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: originally: tiny amounts of bleeding, fecal incontinence, passing of clear mucous. Later itching at the site of the tumour.

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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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Rose

Rose
Bio: I am a 60 year old white female who has been diagnosed with Cancer on 1/21/17
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Infiltrating keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: 3 1/2 cm growth believed to be an extra large strombrous hemmoroid removed on 1/16/2017. Bled alot and very painfully. Taken off but stem and surrounding areas still there
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Had growth removed in Candler Memorial in Letter by Dr Headley. He thought it was just an hemorrhoid until the pathology report came back
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Will start 1/27/17

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Lauraanderson

Lauraanderson
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: T3
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Pain, bleeding
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Haven't started yet

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Sharie

Sharie
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Rectal bleeding during bowel movements. Like most people here, I thought it was due to hemorrhoids since I've been plagued with them most of my adult life. I also never feel empty afterwards. I have had some fatigue and feeling of fullness in my abdomen, too, but am not sure that it is related.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: First Round: 9/3/2013 Received an injection (infusion?) of mitomycin, then was suited up with a mechanical pump, a bag of 5-FU, and an ugly, poorly designed fanny pack. I had to wear it for 5 days. Lots of nausea, no vomiting, very tired - which could have been caused by the anti-nausea meds that I took regularly. I basically slept…more

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Linda

Linda
Bio: I'm a ten+ year thriver. I thought cancer was a partial blessing because I looked at life differently. Took chances. Traveled. Developed new hobbies. It changed my trajectory...and I quit putting off for future.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 1 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Cloacogenic
Anal Cancer Symptoms: bleeding, thought it was a 'roid.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: lost my ability to program...don't think like i used to..

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Anna

Anna
Bio: I am a mum of 2 lovely grown up kids and I have been married to long suffering and very supportive John for 28 years. I love my sport and regarded myself as being as fit as a flee! In June 2014 I made a tentative enquiry at my local surgery as to whether I needed to…more
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: squamous cell
Anal Cancer Symptoms: A small amount of fresh blood when a tad constipated and thin poos.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Cisplatin and Xeloda front 20/08/14 through to 11/11/14 Sickness at the start of cycles 1 and 2. Swelling in my legs on the start of cycle 2. Dose was reduced for cycles 3 and 4 . I did not get along with the anti sickness tablets, I tried several different ones. EMEND was usefully but I stopped taking others and…more

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April 24, 2018

Washington

July 30

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

Squamous Cell stage 3A

June 23, 2017

Stage 3A

2.1 - 3.0 cm

Grade 1

Yes

Mitomycin

The constant fear

Listen to your body and treat it kindly

After reading blogs & doing a massive amount of research the treatments sounded barbaric and awful. I decided to take the diet and cannabis treatment road.

There is nothing positive about cancer drugs!

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Do research, as much as you can. Listen to others who have the same disease as you. Keep a positive attitude, count your blessings every day because there is always something to be thankful for!

July 27

I am going to the Dr for tests on May 7, 2018 and I am hoping for the news of the tumor being gone or much smaller. We shall see!

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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