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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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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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Dawn

Dawn
Bio: Diagnosed with T3N1MO Anal cancer at the age of 46.
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: T3 N1 M0
Anal Cancer Symptoms: Pain. Blood/discharge.
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1 round of IV Mitomycin and 28 days of oral chemo Capecitabine 18th March 2019 for 5.5 weeks run concurrently with Chemo.

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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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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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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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Laurie

Laurie
Bio: I was diagnosed with cancer Dec. 2008. I thought I just was going thru the change of life. I also never went to the doctor and tried to hide what was going on. My cousin finally dragged me to the gynecologist. I owe her my life :)
Cancer Type: Endometrial-Uterine Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2 cancer
Endometrial-Uterine Cancer Symptoms: bleeding, clots, cramps, anemic.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: total Hysterectomy

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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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Terbear

Terbear
Cancer Type: Anal Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3 cancer
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Anal Cancer Symptoms: 6 months of blood in stools, uncomfortable to sit, feeling of still having to go after going.

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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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August 22, 2012

Wenatchee, Washington 98801

November 26, 1962

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

Anal Cancer (Squamous Cell)

May 16, 2012

Stage 3A

4.1 - 5.0 cm

Yes

Fluorouracil (5-FU)

Not knowing much about it. Losing control.

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1 lymph node near the site

Utah Cancer Specialists

Eat healthy, drink tons of water, gargle with Biotene, work, rest, play, use a really good cell protection balm, take immodium.

It helps to have lots of love, support, and prayers.

June 11, 2012

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.

Mitomycin and 5FU - 2 rounds

6 weeks (30 treatments - 10 spots) beginning 6/11/2012

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