critterbug192's Journey:

Survivor: Anal Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 52

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed with cancer

    Oh No

    October 2011 I was informed that the Dr. had removed 4 polyps 1 of which was cancerous and that I had a 4 cm lesion in the rectal area and that they were going to set me up with Dr.'s at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. My husband and I both had many emotions hit us at once and I cried all the way home trying to figure out how I was going to tell our kids-both in their 20s-that I had cancer. My Grandfather had died of lung and colon cancer at the age of 53 and I was only 47 and already diagnosed with colon cancer. I also found out that my other Grandfather as well as one Grandmother had had colon cancer also but theirs were both removed by surgery. So...kudos to my primary physician that read the signs and sent me for the colonoscopy that may have saved my life.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Endoscopic and Laproscopic Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    In November, while staging my cancer (which was Stage 2), the Dr.'s discovered a 8cm diameter mass that was wrapped around my Celiac Artery and saddled onto my Aorta. Before deciding what they were going to do with the Colon Cancer they wanted to find out what this mass was and which situation to deal with first. I had Endoscopic surgery one week which was inconclusive so they had me come back the next week for Laproscopic surgery. In the end they decided that it was what is called a Ganglioneuroma and that it was the secondary thing to be dealt with. They were able to tell me that they felt that they were going to be able to get rid of the lesion without surgery. YAY!!! In December I had another surgery to have the Navalist port implanted for my chemo treatments.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    December 2011 Had port placed in my right shoulder area for the purpose of hooking up the chemo pump.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had 2 rounds of Mytomicin and 5FU together had one as a shot and wore a pump for a week for the other. Had to have my bloodwork done weekly as I was also receiving radiation treatments at the same time. Definitely caused problems with the WBC but that was taken care of with a shot the first time it dropped and after the second time I spent 4 days in the hospital due to nuetropenic fever. Had 28 rounds of radiation which gave me severe burns in the groin area. Silver Sulfadiazine was my best friend! Had to stop treatments for the burn for a week during which was the 4 days that I spent in the hospital for the fever.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    February 1st, 2012...Yay! Finally finished treatments after all of the setbacks

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    PET Scan came back clear

    Celebration

    Saw the medical oncologist on my case at RPCI March 20th for a visit after having my PET done and she said that it showed no sign of cancer. I am scheduled to see the sugical oncologist in July for the physical exam to verify that the cancer is gone.

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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Had a sigmoid scope done at RPCI and was given the great news that there is no more sign of a lesion or cancer!!! I still have quite a bit of irritation from the radiation but that is minor considering that the cancer is GONE!

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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    October 2012 Actually...this time it was to remove the port as they have decided I no longer need it and it has been causing me problems due to the placement. It had been hitting on a nerve in my shoulder and made part of my arm numb all the time and would send shooting pains down my arm with some movements.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    CAT Scan

    Procedure or Surgery

    November 2012 - time for a check-up on the ganglioneuroma which was done with a CAT Scan. All went well and the mass has stayed the same in size and will be checked again in 6 months. YAY!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  10. 10
    about 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    On April 18, 2013, I lost my best friend/caregiver/husband unexpectedly to a massive heart attack. I'm trying to figure out why I was allowed to survive cancer only to lose him. :'(

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