rap42's Journey with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Anal Cancer

Patient: Anal Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 46, Stage I

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    • rap42
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    over 4 years ago
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    Radiation and Chemo

    Decision Point

    I have seen several doctors now and they are all telling me that my cancer was caught early. I am T1 N0. The cancer has not spread, thank God. The doctors say that after the surgery removing the tumor, it could be gone but that Chemo and radiation is the next step since the tumor that was removed showed invasion. The likely hood of it coming back without radiation and chemo is high. I have decided as frightened as I am about the side effects to treatment. I will begin this journey. All the doctors keep telling me that I will be ok that it is a 90-95% cure rate. Now I just need to start believing that. I think just hearing the word cancer regardless of the degree or type is so frightening. I am trying to not let the fear interfer with my decision making process to look at the bigger picture. To remember there are so many blessing around me and to have faith that God will be on this journey with me.

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    • rap42
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Although the surgery for the port went as expected, having it in really stinks but it is necessary for greater good. I will be counting down the days till they take it out.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • rap42
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It was not easy to do but it was worth it to be here today with my family.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • rap42
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    about 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Finished treatment on July 18th. Celebrating Life!!! Praying for a long and healthy future.

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    • rap42
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I think this is what they call remission. My second CT scan is clear. Even though the last Pet scan showed some minor inflation due to the radiation this test is clean and clear. I am beyond relieved and the doctors are happy with my progress as am I. They say the most important follow ups now are the examines by the colon rectal doctor and I will still see him and the Oncologist ever three months. But they say no more scans for a year!!! I feel good may be too good that there is more to what I should be doing for myself and others. I hope that everyone that is going through this now remains strong and hopeful through their journey. That they find peace in knowing that they are not alone. I will continue to pray for each and everyone of us. That one day they will find a cure and we all can breath a little easier.

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