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:
villoglandular adenocarnioma in cervix
Employment Status:
Part Time
Gender/Age:
Female/28
Type and Description of Treatments:
Cone biopsy 4/30/14

How do you feel today?

Today I'm scared, almost 6 months since surgery and no period.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma on Right tonsil and in Nasal Cavity
Employment Status:
Unemployed/Disability
Gender/Age:
Male/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
8 Weeks Radiation, 8 weekly treatments Chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

Still tired. I'm having problems sleeping trough the night. I'm still working on weight gain. My joints ache from lack of muscle. I have a constant ringing hum in my right ear, which I try to drown out with a fan.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma stage 4 on the right tonsil, 2 spots in my nasel cavity behind the nose.
Employment Status:
4 months to contract end date, then unemployed.
Gender/Age:
Male/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
8 weeks of targeted radiation therapy. Weekly chemotherapy for the duration. Cisplatin chemothera...

How do you feel today?

Tired. I lost 53 pounds during treatment and subsequent throat infections. Lying down in bed or in the recliner is still painful, so I'm not sleeping well. I try to rest a few times during the day. Overall I' think I'm Ok, I'm just trying to figure out what my new normal is. I'm not accepting everything yet. I'm going to get better, it...

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I was Diagnosed with:
breast ductal carcinoma in situ
Employment Status:
homemaker
Gender/Age:
Female/60
Type and Description of Treatments:
Last year 2012 I went for my yearly mammogram and I had to have it redone because they thought th...

How do you feel today?

Not bad. No Pain at all except when I wear the bras from the extra skin under my arms

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Unemployed
Gender/Age:
Female/50
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy October 2012. Radiation December 2012/January 2013 Ovaries removed 4/9/2013

How do you feel today?

Tired. Lack motivation.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Lobular Breast Cancer Stage 2-Right Breast
Employment Status:
Nurse
Gender/Age:
Male/58
Type and Description of Treatments:
Double mastectomy - Chemotherapy

How do you feel today?

I am feeling more like myself everyday.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage IV Follicular Lymphoma
Employment Status:
getting ready to return to work F/T after 4 month medical leave of absence
Gender/Age:
Female/51
Type and Description of Treatments:
6 rounds of Rituxan and Bendamustine infusion, once every 4 weeks

How do you feel today?

I have a good amount of energy today, and am feeling both grateful and at peace.

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I was Diagnosed with:
intermediate grade invasive ductal carcinoma
Employment Status:
full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/42
Type and Description of Treatments:
six months of chemo, followed by 30 radiation treatments... and I'm done!

How do you feel today?

Blessed. Relieved and yet still, honestly, a little anxious. Anxious that I could have to fight this battle again in the future. It was a long six months; but I realize I am very lucky... could have been a very different outcome, had I not found it so early. Glad that I don't have to drive 70 miles, 5 days a week for treatment, becaus...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/27
Type and Description of Treatments:
I've had 6-cycles of ABVD, then 20 days of Radiotherapy. Treatment is still on going. I just fini...

How do you feel today?

I feel fine at the moment. I am now on ICE protocol and I feel like I have more energy for daily tasks compared when I was having ABVD. When I was on ABVD, I felt so tired and would be sleeping most of the time for a week after chemotherapy session.

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I was Diagnosed with:
DCIS
Employment Status:
Full Time Employment
Gender/Age:
Female/44
Type and Description of Treatments:
I was diagnosed with DCIS on January 7th 2011. They were able to save the skin but not the breast...

How do you feel today?

I never really felt "sick", but I feel great today! I am still numb around my stomach and my breast will be numb for a long time, but I am back to my normal daily routine. The only thing that has been hard for me to add back into my routine is working out, but that is coming soon. I have had a hard time with getting back into my work o...

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