Be the Boss Over Cancer

Cancer and Careers is collecting snapshots of the cancer experience by asking working people with cancer at all phases of their treatment and recovery to answer the same series of questions about their outlook, their work experience and advice they would give others. We invite you to read their stories and share your own.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Tonsilar Squamous Cell Carcinoma reoccurence
Employment Status:
Unemployed but looking
Gender/Age:
Male/56
Type and Description of Treatments:
I finished treatment March 2013. I have been working through some serious weight loss and trying ...

How do you feel today?

Angry, confused, worried. The first time around was hard. We are praying this will be a surgery and no more radiation/chemotherapy.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of my right breast, Stage 1, Grade 1, PR/ER +
Employment Status:
Employed
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Biopsy, 2 lumpectomy's to get clean margins, removal of the sentinal lymph node, 5 weeks of targe...

How do you feel today?

I feel almost normal. Every morning and evening when I look at my disfigured body it reminds me of (1) how lucky I was that they found the non tumour (no lump just micro calcifications) in my annual mammogram and I decided to go ahead an have it biopsied. (2) That the rest of my life I will be worried about if another tumour will appe...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Two Surgeries, six weeks radiation Therapy

How do you feel today?

I feel good!

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I was Diagnosed with:
AML
Employment Status:
starting soon
Gender/Age:
Male/52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and a stem cell transplant, I am post transplant by 180 days approximatel...

How do you feel today?

Fantastic. I have swollen feet and ankles but my blood work and chemistry are OK per the doc/team as of my last visit to them. No liver, heart, respiratory or skin issues.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1 Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Marketing Consultant
Gender/Age:
Female/53
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a lumpectomy, followed by 5 1/2 months of chemotherapy, then a bilateral mastectomy and rec...

How do you feel today?

I feel great today.

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I was Diagnosed with:
The official diagnosis is triple negative adnocarcinoma of the breast, axillary lymph node dissection, stage 2B, grade 3.
Employment Status:
Employed
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mammogram Biopsy 1st Operation-Lumpectomy, little itty bitty tumor (2.7 centimeters) and the ti...

How do you feel today?

Feeling Good but Feeling Anxious

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer Stage 2B
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/60
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have had many very difficult biopsies followed by 2 partial mastectomies. I am scheduled to hav...

How do you feel today?

Today I feel conflicted. I want to feel good because I don't really have any pain or discomfort today. The sun is shining, I worked in the yard earlier but 2 hours and I have this nagging fatigue. 3 months ago I could garden or golf all day. I feel dull and a little teary.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage IV
Employment Status:
unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy- Avastin Abraxene, Neulasta, Right Mastectomy, Radiation, Left skin sparing Mastecto...

How do you feel today?

Feeling good. Due for a PET Scan this month, Getting ready to get back to work. I will continue to have IV treatment monthly I have bone metastasis.

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I was Diagnosed with:
base of tongue cancer
Employment Status:
full time
Gender/Age:
/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
My treatment was a radical neck dissection, Chemo and radiation.

How do you feel today?

I feel absolutely fabulous. I have a issues with eating and I have a few aches and pains here and there however; I am alive and I love every minute of my life.

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I was Diagnosed with:
triple negative ductal breast cancer stage 2
Employment Status:
disability
Age:
55
Type and Description of Treatments:
4/09 lumpectomy w/node dissection 5/09 cytox./taxo. 2Q wks x4 rounds then 6wks of radiation initi...

How do you feel today?

On a scale of 1-10, today is a 8, not much pain, just fatigue. I generally feel tired like I'm just getting over a cold or flu while on chemo, take naps in the afternoons. Lung pain, shoulder pain only occasional since chemo. Appetite comes and goes, heartburn all the time with chemo both times, queasy more frequently with adrianmycin ...

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