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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:
Ovarian Cancer
Employment Status:
employed
Age:
65
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemo treatments of Cytoxan, Cysplatium, and Ariaycin 12 treatments three weeks apart.

How do you feel today?

Excellent. I am aware to stay active,exercise, eat correctly and pay close attention to my body. I do not have Osteoporosis because of the combination of diet and exercise.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2 Agressive Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full time corporate trainer
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
surgery chemotherapy radiation

How do you feel today?

Today, I am completely fine and suffer no long term ill effects whatsoever.

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I was Diagnosed with:
ductal breast cancer first time second time hr2 positive breast cancer
Employment Status:
cna at a local hospital
Age:
55
Type and Description of Treatments:
First time had a lumpectomy and radiation. Second time double mastectomy and breast reconstructio...

How do you feel today?

As long as I WORK I don't worry too much. I am taking herceptin every 3 weeks, my last dose will be in December. I started this December 2008. Such an expensive drug. I have a great doctor which I trust.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Recurrent renal cell carcinoma
Employment Status:
Full time RN
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was first diagnosed with RCC (renal cell carcionoma or kidney cancer) in July 2003. I had a co...

How do you feel today?

I still worry daily about the return of the cancer but try to live each day to its fullest so I have no regrets if it does return. I have some new symptoms that are creeping back in (flank pain, fullness, fatigue and night sweats). My next visit with the oncologist is not until January (4 months away) and my primary doctor thinks I a...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Realtor/Designer/Importer
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a lumpectomy with removal of 17 lymph nodes, followed by 4 months of chemotherapy and six w...

How do you feel today?

I feel alive and grateful for what I have today. I never thought the pain in all my joints and despair would go away but I am happy to say I feel good again and it is great to be alive!

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I was Diagnosed with:
pancoast tumor
Employment Status:
self employed but not working
Age:
53
Type and Description of Treatments:
My tumor was inoperable treatment was chemo and radiation for 6 months with the last month I had ...

How do you feel today?

I feel wonderful especialy knowing that the survival rate isn't so good with this cancer. I have the nerve damage that goes along with treatment, but at least I am here to say yes I have pain .

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV Invasive Ductal Carcinoma - Breast
Employment Status:
Disability
Age:
44
Type and Description of Treatments:
In 2001 the surgeon said I was a good candidate for a lumpectomy and the removal of my nipple. I...

How do you feel today?

AWESOME!!! I am so blessed it's unbelievable. Since my first chemo was this past Friday, I've had some diarrhea and chemo brain but other than that, life is good. I'm a morning person so I get up around 6 a.m. and get my chores done, do computer work, etc. I've been separated since 04/07 and I'm raising my 8 1/2 yr. old daughter al...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer Left side
Employment Status:
Administrative Manager of a Health Insurance Company
Age:
47
Type and Description of Treatments:
Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer Left Side Macectony and Chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

I feel great, I am in the best health I have ever been in.

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I was Diagnosed with:
metastatic breast cancer
Employment Status:
full-time
Age:
48
Type and Description of Treatments:
I am currently undergoing chemotherapy 1X a week for 3 weeks and off a week in addition to the ab...

How do you feel today?

I have been on this protocol for about 6 months and am very tired and can't eat a lot. I have lost about 30 pounds in the last 2 years. I do maintain a full time job, and a mother of three children and am married. Some days I feel better than others. I am hoping for a break and there is discussion of a new chemo regimen.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ductul Carcinoma insitu
Employment Status:
fulltime
Age:
51
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy and radiation plus 5 years of tamoxifen

How do you feel today?

Wonderful

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