nitronick's Journey with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Anal Cancer

Patient: Anal Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 56, Stage II

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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Well my journey began in late March of 2012. I was feeling pain across my lower back. It began as low grade pain but within a week it was a 10 on a 10 scale. Since I have rumatiod arthritis it hard to distinguish what pain is what. I thought i broke a vertebrate or something. So went to the local er and got x-rayed. Turns out its a mass and I need a specialist and a mri asap! Oh boy here we go. So i got the mri and went to see my new colo-rectal specialist I was assigned. The mri showed a massive rectal tumor. He did a colon scope and took several biopsies but he said don't panic. Time to see your new oncologist just to see what this thing is for sure. What oncologist?! Now I am concerned. So I get the appointment. The oncologist comes in to see me for the first time and says well Mr Todaro there is no other way to tell you but to say you have inoperable anal cancer and your one very lucky man. HUH? Please explain the duality of that statement. Well you see it was a form of curable cancer called squimacell carcinoma. Skin cancer growing inside only into a massive ball 7 centimeters or bigger across. Definitely outside the box He said to me. So began my journey with my new internal "friend". I hope in sharing my trial,and succsess in the battle I can shed some light and hope on this to everyone that read this. I have always had this Never surrender,never say die,take no prisoners attitude in my whole life. Much more on that and other insights as we go along. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

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  2. 2
    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I started radiation treatments almost 1 month after the first diagnosis was given. I had never seen a radiation treatment system till that day. It was non invasive and not painful in the beginning. I was scheduled for 7 weeks of treatment 5 days a week. Not only is this my main activity for the day now but it doesn't allow much of a life outside of doctors visit because my scheduled time is right in the middle of the day. I am sure fellow patients know all about the daily ride in. But its a very small price to pay to get well as soon as possible. The first 3 weeks went ok but a redness started to appear in my groin area both front and back. That was the start of radiation burn. Expected but not welcome. Some pain but mostly irritation of the burn are. I was given a cream that help in reducing the irritation. It worked. It was at week 4 real bad pains started in my lower back. Bowel movements have always been painful for me but this pain was off the charts. It was not the radiation but my tumor and its placement causing this pain. More details to follow.

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    about 5 years ago
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    Colostomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

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

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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    about 5 years ago
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    Home care

    Other Care

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

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  10. 10
    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    over 4 years ago
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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    over 4 years ago
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    Pet scan to see if newly found mass is cancer or dead scarr tissue.

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • nitronick
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    over 4 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: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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