erindipity's Journey with Anal Cancer

Survivor: Anal Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 47, Stage II

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Misdiagnosed

    Oh No

    From May 2011 until Oct 31, 2011 I was in and out of ER, Urgent Care, and several doctors to hear I had hemorrhoids. I knew it was something more than that and finally on Oct 31 I had a colonoscopy that found a large growth. Less than 48 hours later they had me in to see the oncologist and was diagnosed with anal cancer.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery through the anus to remove tumor

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had several biopsies and procedures within 3 weeks time.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I took chemo pills, pain meds and anti anxiety meds. I did have to have two infusions. Day 1 and day 30. I also went through radiation at the same time.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    Chemo was OK but the radiation burns at the end of treatment were HORRIBLE! I do not think that I will ever have radiation again.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    A LOT of different side effects!

    Side Effects

    Constipation, hot flashes, early menopause, dry mouth, joint pain, vaginal stenosis, hair loss in places other than my head, depression, fatigue, thinking problems, insomnia, mood changes, nausea, sexual side effects.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    I celebrate everyday!

    Celebration

    Every day is a celebration of life. I spend it with family and friends. I take nothing for granted and tell the ones I love that I love them every chance I get.

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