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Going Through Treatment

  • Hi, I'm MTR0364

    Care Team is the Best Ever!

    Going through treatment
    Added Jun 29, 2022

    All members of the Care Team treat me with the utmost respect!

  • living with stage 4 cancer

    Going through treatment
    Added Mar 9, 2022

    My name is Carolyn Troutman I am 72 years old. I found out that I had stage four lung cancer in 2021. My first treatment was a pill call taggresso. before I started the pill I was on oxygen for months. I also had a very bad cough. After starting the pill my oxygen got better. I started out riding in a wheelchair because my oxygen would drop w…

  • Hi, I'm Dale E S.

    Dale E S.

    Going through treatment
    Added Nov 4, 2021

    I had nonsmall cell adenocarcinoma in my left lung in 20210. I had done well until the spring of 2019. My cancer had matestized in my bones. It is wide spread and I am stage four. It came back very fast.

    I am on a new medication called retevmo. My last two scans have shown no new growth, so I am very happy. While I have no pain, I do deal wit…

  • Hi, I'm GARY L S.

    1 day at a time

    Going through treatment
    Added Feb 5, 2020

    Diagnosed in summer of July ’19 at VA MRI in St. Pete Fl. Decided to go private because of my 1 1/2 hour drive to get there from Holmes Beach. Accepted into VA Community Care program because of distance. Hormone treatment ongoing and starting Radiation next week. 3-4 Gleasons and one 4-3. Bone scans and body scans negative for now. Could be a l…

  • Hi, I'm CHRIS I

    Successfully dealing with 5FU side effects

    Going through treatment
    Updated Nov 22, 2019

    I am now on my 110th cycle of chemo, mostly FOLFIRI (5FU, or fluorouracil, plus irinotecan, with leukovorin as an adjuvant) but some FOLFOX too (5FU plus oxaliplatin). Every two weeks.

    With the help of my team – spouse as caregiver, all those at CINJ – I no longer have mouth sores, do not experience constipation, do not lose 5 lbs or more fro…

  • Live everyday being hapoy. Don't waste them being sad!

    Srage IV metastatic lung cancer. Spread to bones and liver.

    Going through treatment
    Added Sep 15, 2019

    Tumors on liver have finally responded favorably from chemo. Shrank more than half there size. All other is stable. First positive news in a long time. Actually when I was told I was so surprised I got good news I didn’t even react. I was in disbelief but very happy. I know I can’t be cured but cherish any extra time to be with my family.

  • Moderation in all things...including moderation.

    Climbing the Cancer Mountain

    Going through treatment
    Updated Apr 15, 2019

    On the off chance that it may help someone else, I have published a personal memoir of my cancer treatment experiences. You can find it at the following link:

  • Hi, I'm Janie C.

    Colon Cancer diagnosis

    Going through treatment
    Added Mar 4, 2018

    I just want to share my story and any advice is appreciated… I was diagnosed with stage 111b Colon cancer in August of 2017. I had a foot of my colon removed in September of 2017. This all happens so fast I was scared to death. I started in early spring of that year having bloating, major heartburn, a few sharp pains and dropped 15 lbs in abou…

  • Hi, I'm Eugene L.

    PROSTRATE CANCER

    Going through treatment
    Added Nov 19, 2017

    I FINISHED FORTY-FOUR PROSTRATE CANCER RADIATION TREATMENTS AT THE FLEMING ISLAND CANCER SPECIALISTS OF NORTH FLORIDA FACILITY IN SEPTEMBER 2017 UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF DR. EMILY TANZLER. THESE TREATMENTS, ALONG WITH HORMONE THERAPY ADMINISTERED BY MY UROLOGIST, DR. MARC BLASSER, HAVE DEFEATED MY CANCER. ACCORDING TO BOTH DOCTORS, I AM NOW 10…

  • Hi, I'm Regulus

    Starting Hydroxyurea

    Going through treatment
    Added Sep 15, 2017
    I’m new to this forum, and just starting hydroxyurea therapy for polycythemia vera. My first treatment is today, taking 500 mg 2 times a day. The Dr. will fine tune the doseage over the next months. I was diagnosed w/ PV a couple of months ago. I am 71 years old and physically “fit”. I have several of the PV symptoms and they …

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  • Hi, I'm Janie C.

    Colon Cancer diagnosis

    Going through treatment
    Added Mar 4, 2018

    I just want to share my story and any advice is appreciated… I was diagnosed with stage 111b Colon cancer in August of 2017. I had a foot of my colon removed in September of 2017. This all happens so fast I was scared to death. I started in early spring of that year having bloating, major heartburn, a few sharp pains and dropped 15 lbs in abou…

  • Hi, I'm Eugene L.

    PROSTRATE CANCER

    Going through treatment
    Added Nov 19, 2017

    I FINISHED FORTY-FOUR PROSTRATE CANCER RADIATION TREATMENTS AT THE FLEMING ISLAND CANCER SPECIALISTS OF NORTH FLORIDA FACILITY IN SEPTEMBER 2017 UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF DR. EMILY TANZLER. THESE TREATMENTS, ALONG WITH HORMONE THERAPY ADMINISTERED BY MY UROLOGIST, DR. MARC BLASSER, HAVE DEFEATED MY CANCER. ACCORDING TO BOTH DOCTORS, I AM NOW 10…

  • Hi, I'm Dale E S.

    Dale E S.

    Going through treatment
    Added Nov 4, 2021

    I had nonsmall cell adenocarcinoma in my left lung in 20210. I had done well until the spring of 2019. My cancer had matestized in my bones. It is wide spread and I am stage four. It came back very fast.

    I am on a new medication called retevmo. My last two scans have shown no new growth, so I am very happy. While I have no pain, I do deal wit…

  • Hi, I'm Janice V J.

    What you need to know before mastectomy surgery

    Going through treatment
    Added Apr 7, 2014

    THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MASTECTOMY SURGERY: NOTES FROM A PATIENT

    WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU GO TO THE HOSPITAL
    1. Ask your doctor(s) for any post-surgery prescriptions (i.e. for pain medication) and fill them. Also have Extra-Strength Tylenol on hand.
    2. If a blood test has been ordered before surgery, have it done several days ahead….