Shirley's Journey with Anal Cancer

Survivor: Anal Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 40

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    • Shirley
    • Experience with Anal Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I thought through 2009 I had bad hemmoroids and at the time did not have insurance and could not afford a colonoscopy when I finally obtained insurance from my employer went to a doctor and he did not look close enough and told me it was an anal fischer (pain) but when we did an endoscopy found a large tumor low in the rectum

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    • Shirley
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    over 5 years ago
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    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This was a permanent colostomy due to the location of tumor

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Shirley
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    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Shirley
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    over 5 years ago
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    Open surgery to remove tumor

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Shirley
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    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Shirley
    • Experience with Anal Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Fertility

    Loss

    Right before I was diagnosed my husband and I had decided to have a baby together, (I already have a son from a previous relationship) but 2nd surgery to remove tumor the doctor removed my uturus preventing my husband and I from having a child :(

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    • Shirley
    • Experience with Anal Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I have been in remission, it will be 2 years as of 7/31/12

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