Sedona's Journey with Anal Cancer

Survivor: Anal Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 9 years ago, Female, Age: 61, Stage I

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    • Sedona
    • Experience with Anal Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Genetics. My Grandfather had Anal & Colorectal Cancer from being a 'DownWinder'

    Oh No

    My Grandfather lived 3 years from diagnosis to death. It took me 3 years from the time of my diagnosis to make it to the SURVIVOR'S LIST!

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    • Sedona
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    about 4 years ago
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    To treat it with surgery or not... Chemo and radiation or not...

    Decision Point

    Early stage, fast moving cancer. Every biopsy, every month, more cancer, more surgery.

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    about 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was given a 90% chance of CURE by submitting to chemo w/port in chest and a lot of radiation. It was worth it!

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo is tuff but it worked! I was told I would loose my hair but I did not!

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Sedona
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    about 4 years ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    Radiation like I had is painless at the time. However your skin in the area that is radiated is like a sunburn that does not go away. Radiation is easier than Chemo by far.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I recovered from my treatment and I celebrated making it to the survivor's list and I have been there for the last 3 years!

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    • Sedona
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    almost 4 years ago
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    anal resection

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had the BEST surgeon. If you want a second opinion go see Dr. Elizabeth McConnell @ McConnell Colorectal Clinic in Phoenix, Az[phone number redacted]. Thanks to her, the quality of life I have is substantially better. She did in 1 surgery, what it was going to take 2 other doctors to do, with much less recovery to me as well. I will always be grateful to Dr. McConnell

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Sedona
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Colonoscopy

    Celebration

    I had to celebrate! A great report from my last colonoscopy. Savor every triumph and celebrate it!!

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