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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
melanoma
Employment Status:
formed company that I am now President and Co-Founder of
Age:
58
Type and Description of Treatments:
1.) excision of the melanoma and sentinel node biopsy 2.) 5 week daily radiation treatment 3.) 5 ...

How do you feel today?

I feel terrific! Except for weight gain of about 20 pounds from where I was before cancer, I feel wonderful. The pounds will come off eventually, that I know. I started treatment about the same time I started menopause, so that was bothersome (was it the treatment giving the flashes, or was it the treatments??)and confusing. All sympto...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Aggressive non-hormonal breast cancer both times
Employment Status:
Full time
Age:
35
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a lumpectomy on my right breast. I had 3 types of chemo the first time around in 2002. One ...

How do you feel today?

I feel pretty good. I am thankful to God for getting me through this. I still have my bad days, but not too bad. I am still a little fatigued, but nothing I can not deal with.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Currently self-employed
:
Type and Description of Treatments:
6 treatments 3 chemicals;Bilateral mastectomy;6 more chemo with 3 chemicals;radiation;Femara;Fasl...

How do you feel today?

I feel great! Even though I am taking Xeloda, one week on and one week off, I am doing well. My feet are burning just a bit, but since today was my first day off again, within a few days, I will be fine. I am presently going through lymphadema therapy and have a huge compression bandage on my arm, but it is only for 2 weeks, so I'll ge...

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