Cory's Journey with Cancer of Unknown Primary

Patient: Cancer of Unknown Primary

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Male, Age: 56

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    • Cory
    • Experience with Cancer of Unknown Primary
    over 5 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    First week of August, I was diagnosed with matasticised undifferentiated carcinoma with necrosis. All I heard was carcinoma. My ears shut down. My mind closed and I was out the door of the surgeons office. While I was referred to a Oncologist, the soonest appointment they gave me was 2 months away. Of course the next day, my mind was in full wonder. What had I heard, what did this mean? WTF? The Dr. won't see me for 2 months? I must not be that bad then. A Dr. friend of mine explained that this was a serious pathology report, and the sooner I see a Dr, the better. My HMO group tried to encourage the Dr. to see me earlier, but that proved to be in vain. Fortionately a friend gave me the name of a well regarded Oncologist, and the insrurance company approved the referral. Fast forward 2 months. I have been diagnosed with Cancer of Unknown Primary.

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    • Cory
    • Experience with Cancer of Unknown Primary
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Lymph node removed from axilliary area, endscopy, colonoscopy, a battery of blood tests, PET scan, CT scan's, and yet no primary cancer could be identified in any area. All appeared normal after the lymph node was removed.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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