horsepad's Journey with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Anal Cancer

Survivor: Anal Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Female, Age: 57, Stage IV

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    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had been retired one month when I was diagnosed with stage IV. I was in shock! I couldn't believe I was at stage IV without even knowing. I felt like I would be dying soon and never be able to fulfill any dreams I had made for my retirement years.

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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had a combo of mitomyicn & 5FU. I experienced nausea, never vomiting. Mouth sores were bad. Meds for nausea helped alittle. Mouthsores I used salt water to rinse with. I found chewing ice at the beginning of the chemo treatment helped. Also used meds which helped. I drank everything through a straw so I could direct the flow of the drink. Any liquid/food touching the sores was painful. I was in the hospital for dehydration, low blood counts, low potsium, etc. I recommend protein drinks and alot of water

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    I became very burned. My oncologist said I was burned more than most. I was not able to receive the booster radiation due to the severity of my burns. I was not able to urinate and had a cathetor for 5 weeks which caused a urinary tract infection.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    liver resection

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a liver resection to remove dead cancer cells. Surgery went well although doctors were not able to do surgery laoproscopy because my liver started to bleed to much. My recovery was easy and my hospital stay was only 2 days.

    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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    Remission

    Celebration

    I was declared cancer free and have just had my one year anniversary from the day of diagnosis. I feel good and am beginning to do some of the things I wanted to do when I retired-volunteer work. I am raising two of my grandchildren and am grateful that I am still here raising them. I celebrate that the Lord answered the prayers for me. One year ago, I never thought I would be celebrating today!

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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    During treatment my mother passed away. She never knew I had cancer. I didn't want to worry her. Three weeks after my mom died, my husband passed away. My father died of lung cancer and my sister died of brain cancer. Both refusedany treatments.

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