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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:
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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I was Diagnosed with:
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Employment Status:
Employed Full Time
Age:
52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Mastectomy, total lymph node removal. Dose-dense chemotherapy for 3 month.

How do you feel today?

I feel good! I am approaching the 5 year anniversary of my diagnosis and I must say that I feel almost as good as I did the day before I was told I had breast cancer!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage II Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full Time
Age:
44
Type and Description of Treatments:
Bilateral Mastectomy, followed by 6 courses of CAT (Cytoxin, Adrimyacin, and Taxatere) then 3 tre...

How do you feel today?

Pretty good physically. I'm not in great shape, haven't been since I was a teenager. But I've survived all this with minimal impact to my life.

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I was Diagnosed with:
uterine cancer
Employment Status:
less than part time
Age:
36
Type and Description of Treatments:
immediate surgery within 3 weeks for 1 of 3 procedures and cancer staging -remove cycts, testing ...

How do you feel today?

grateful for being able to survive cancer because I have a son and daughter, a husband, my strong father; battling leukemia-mds, dialysis, diabetes,coronary heart disease, a strong mother who survived a major lumbar surgery and now has titanium rods in her back, developed diabetes and is learning to control, my sister Toni who juggles ...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Employment Status:
Full time sales
Age:
45
Type and Description of Treatments:
Chemotherapy, taxotere, carboplatin and herceptin. Will then have a full mastectomy with reconst...

How do you feel today?

Kinda sickly. It's cold outside and my head and ears are cold. I'm tired already of being bald and I want my hair back and I want this to all be over.

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