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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:
Invasive Mammary Carcinoma DCIS
Employment Status:
Employed full time
Age:
55
Type and Description of Treatments:
4 rounds of Adriamycin & Cytoxan 6 weeks of radiation- current, will then take Arimidex for 5 ye...

How do you feel today?

Normal for me.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Angiosarcoma vascular in spine
Employment Status:
disability
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Medication Zometa IV monthly

How do you feel today?

I'm better always because I don't think about this.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Multiple Myeloma
Employment Status:
full time
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Clinical trial with Revlimid and high dose dexamethazone. High dose chemotherapy followed by a s...

How do you feel today?

Amazing! Currently in complete remission of 30 months. I am in better shape now than I was before diagnosis. The compression fracture at T-12 has healed and no longer painful. So life is good!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer
Employment Status:
employed full-time as a medical secretary
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
I have had 3 treatments with Carboplatin and VP16 then started 37 radiation treatments in conjuct...

How do you feel today?

Good physically but just a little tired. I have had some extreme tiredness lately.

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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:
low grade oligodendroglioma with areas of anaplasia
Employment Status:
Realtor full time
Age:
39
Type and Description of Treatments:
was on temodar for one full year. 3 pills a day for 5 days every month.

How do you feel today?

I feel great.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1 Breast Cancer in left breast (1.4 cm tumor)
Employment Status:
employed full time as a Ph.D. level research scientist
Age:
49
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a biopsy in 2000 due to microcalcifications in my left breast, which were benign at the tim...

How do you feel today?

I feel pretty good and still look young for my age (exercise and highlights...can't beat it!). I'm a very active person and lead a healthy lifestyle (I was this way prior to the cancer, too). I went to an exercise class this morning and will be going out for an hour long walk shortly.

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I was Diagnosed with:
stage four-non hodgkins lymphoma
Employment Status:
oncology clinical social worker
Age:
63
Type and Description of Treatments:
original chemotherapy treatment: R-chop for five months, chemo every three weeks. Now maintenance...

How do you feel today?

I feel blessed, hopeful and lucky. At times I am fatigued in a way that is hard to explain to any one who hasn't experienced chemotherapy. Currently, I am in a remission. I have always had a positive outlook which helped during the more physically challenging chemo days. Life is a wonderful treasure.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Employment Status:
full time
Age:
56
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bi-lateral mastectomy with 6 cycles of chemotherapy for 4 months

How do you feel today?

I feel good today. I had lunch with friends after a pet scan. No nausea or aches today after my first chemo session on Thursday.

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I was Diagnosed with:
adenocarcinoma duct
Employment Status:
Truck Driver
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Just had a port put in 2/27/09 had all the mri, ct scan, bone test

How do you feel today?

I feel very upset, all this is going so fast, I have to miss work for all these tests. I am really not getting enough answers not sure if the treatment is worth it, it seems I read a lot of people having mastectomies? I have not yet received all the reports from my core biopsy as they lost the first one. They did another on Friday wh...

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