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 my boyfriend lied about having cancer?
ok i had dated him for 3 months. it was december wen we started dating and during the beginning of the relationship he told me he had throat cancer and he was going for chemo. he was back at school ...

 HELP IM GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
srry about the "help im gonna die" it was just so ppl would actually read this!..okay so i have the stomach flu and i cant eat/drink anything besides chicken noodle soup.i would be willing ...

 Does it bother you when you are asked are told"You don't act like a cancer patient"?
I have been told that i don't act like i have cancer and i know others who have been told the same thing. I was wondering if that has ever happened to you, and if so, how does that make you feel?...

 My dad's brother and sister both died of lung cancer in their 20's. will i get it?

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my dad is 62 & smokes like a chimney. he has never had cancer. i am 17 and i don't smoke, never ...

 does 'kills 99.99%' really mean kills 100%?
hey guys

so i asked my mum today why hand sanitizers only kill 99.99% of bacteria. and she said, the most likely do kill 100% but they say 99.99% so if it dosent work for one person, they ...

 What are the causes of Lung Cancer?

 Went for a smear test and worried about the nurse's comments ?
She said i was looking red around the cervix and wasnt sure why. I dont get the results for 4 weeks but cant work out if this is a symptom of something serious....

 my dad has terminal cancer and this will most likely be his last fathers day. what should I get him?
im having a hard time trying to pick the perfect gift, i want to get him something that shows him I love him and that he means alot to me. have any suggestions?...

 Desperate to find an antiperspirant deo that doesn't contain...?
... 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (also known as Bronopol) and also doesn't contain Aluminium. Anyone able to help?...

 This question is for anyone with cancer or has had cancer:?
What is a donation or something that has been done for you that has helped, or what would have helped you?...

 How can it be that there is no cure for Cancer YET?
I mean, one that doesn't also kill the patient.
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Is it so hard to believe that there IS a cure and that it's being kept secret?...

 When you have chemotherapy ?
and your hair falls out . Is it all of your body hair or is it selective to just the hair on your head ?
As I saw a report on Jade Goody with pictures and although she was bald on her head she ...

 can you pray for a miracle for my aunt guadalupe vasquez.?
she has brain cancer. please the doctors said they cannot do anything and we would like your help to pray for a miracle i love her soo much and cancer is so horrible but she is fighting strong i love ...

 How many of u women support breast cancer awareness?
I do as much as possible b/c I once had a lump in my breast, thank God it wasn't malignant, but it forced me to permantly stop smoking. It was just an infection that had to b drained....

 My grandma has breast cancer - how soon can it spread?
My Grandma has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a 2cm x 2cm lump. She hasn't seen the specialist yet and they won't be operating until after Easter.

I'm ...

 I want to start smoking...?
So, I'm almost 15 and I know it's early. Not too many people I know smoke, but a few people from my class do, and some of my friends, and my dad, too.
I find it interesting - you have ...

 A type of cancer??
Can someone please explain to me what servical cancer is??...

 what is cancer? i want to know?

 Lymphoma?? Pease Help !!!?
Ok First of all I have to say that I worry so so much about cancer I know i have to avoid that thinking and live my life right but seems like thats getting harder,,,I am male 30 years old

 my mom is suffering from breast cancer?
my mom is suffering from stage 3 breast cancer she is taking homeopathic medicine her all test become normal but the size of the tumour in the breast doesn't decrease it increase continue her ...

Q4: Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?
I'm specifically asking if you (the actual answerer of this question) have ever had cancer, not if you know someone who has. Most of us have had to face cancer when it has afflicted a loved one. I nearly lost my mother to cancer a year ago, for example. But have YOU been diagnosed with some form of cancer?

I've just had successful surgery on some skin cancer. I'm not completely out of the woods yet but am definitely optimistic. Still, even the mention of the dread c-word can be a frightening experience. Have you ever had to face this terrible disease, no matter what the form? How did it affect you and your outlook on life? Please answer with whatever details you feel comfortable with and know that you are not alone. Thank you.

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nope, but alot of people in my family have & most of them beat it. its a very scary thing.

I"ve never been diagnosed with cancer, but I have been told I have precancerous cells... I guess it puts me at risk for cancer.

THE worst thing about being DX with cancer was the concern for my kids. They were 8 16 16 18 and 24 at the time. I had lost my husband to a massive heart attack 3 years earlier so I was their only remaining parent. The second worst part of it is the fact that I can NEVER forget any of the dates associated with it. I found the lump on my son's 16th b-day (21 AUG) FINALLY got in to get a mammogram ~ not from lack of trying but because if it was just a "simple" mammo I could just go have it done but if there might be a problem then I would need a doctor's referral, with no insurance I could afford 1 or the other but not both - so it took that ling to figure outt how to do it ~ was on my new step son's 1th b-day (13 SEP). In that time it had gone from being less than pea sized to greater than golf ball size. Had the mastectomy 10 days later (by then it was almost the size of a tennis ball but NO nodal involvement) so I was given a less than 5% chance of making it 30 days due to the rate of growth. Started chemo just in time for ALL my hair to fall out from the very first round (part of the cranial hair in my Thanksgiving dinner I was trying to cook for 25 people which made it real easy to just go in the bathroom and shave it off and not have time to be worried or upset about if or when it would happen and how I would handle it). The best part of it was when my 8 year old went with me to a chem treatment during winter break from school and we made a day of it. He got to push my IV pole from the chemo suite to the hospital cafeteria where we went for lunch during the break between treatments, got 1 of those really big syringes to use as a water gun and really had a blast asking the nurses questions about everything that was going on. On the way home he almost got us killed (wowsers). I had taken that HOT wig off and laid in in the seat between us in the truck and all of a sudden I hear this little voice go MOM look at me. I looked over there and he had my long red wig with the bangs hanging down in the front on shaking his head up and down going HEY look at me I'm a ROCK STAR!!!!!!!! I laughed so hard I almost wrecked the truck. My other son, who was in Missouri called me on the phone and told me that no matter how good I thought I felt I needed to slow down because didn't I know I was dying of cancer??? LOL I told him SO you're dying of living what's the difference? OK so I knew my chances were slim but if I took the time out to die I would miss out on whatever LIFE I did have left. As this was my second go round with cancer I knew my risks of dying were even higher than what the doctors were saying but felt that my child deserved to have as many good memories of mom as possible and not have his last memories be of my just being sick all the time so WE HAD A BLAST. My first cancer was oral and involved major reconstructive surgery back in 1976 so I am a 30 year survivor of a cancer that was supposed to get me within less than 10 years (hmmmm if it had I wouldn't have been around to get the second 1). With the second 1, the 1 that I was supposed to be extremely lucky to make it 30 days, well we just put the 8th pink ribbons on my car and my hat......the first 1 for the DX and then another 1 for every YEAR of survival. My tiny little 8 year old son is now a 6'6" 240 pound young man with a strong scientific leaning due, in part, to having all his questions answered HONESTLY and completely and being able to look through the microscope at what cancer cells actually looked like and seing videos of what that red devil (adriamyician) did to them all those long years ago.
The things that I feel contributed most to my recovery and survival were my deep abiding faith in God and the sure knowlege that after that test would come yet another blessing and a very droll and well developed sense of humor. Sorry to be so long, I know you didn't ask for a book but there it is ;+)

I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I did chemo and radiation and several small surgeries. It has been almost 2 years since my chemo. I have a few spin-off problems, but that's better than having cancer! It has made me stop and enjoy the little things, and be thankful for every moment I have. I never miss an opportunity to hug my son now!

Best wishes to you and God bless!

Yes, I have been diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma. It is/was the most scary thing in my life. This is cancer of my kidney. It is resistant to chemo and radiation, therefore they can do nothing more than remove it. If it comes back they can only take it out again. They say that I have no evidence of any regrowth, but it scares the hell out of me all day everyday. I had it removed in December of 2005 and the docs say that my prognosis is good, but thats not very reassuring. I try very hard to be optimistic, but sometimes that is pretty tough too. All i can do at this point in my life is live each day to the fullest, and hope that tomorrow comes. It defiantely has changed my outlook and how I treat my life. I have realized how important my wife and kids are and how un important many other things are. Good luck with yours, hopefully you are in good shape. Keep your chin up as much as you can and just be thankful that there are doctors out there that have tons of abilities to help you.

I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in May 2005. In June I had a modified radical mastectomy and started chemo in July. By November I was finished with chemo and in December (after my body had time to recuperate) I started radiaition. By the end of February 2006 I was finsihed with that too. I had check up after check up and in August of this year my doctors deemed me stable enough to have reconstructive surgery. I am a 32 year old mother of two young children and I wasn't about to let the dreaded c-word keep me from raising my children to adulthood. You can fight cancer and you can win!

i had breast cancer in 1998 and it spread to my lymp nodes. i had 5 chemo's, lost all my hair after the second dose. and had 33 radition treatments which nicked my lung. i know a lot of people won't believe it or not but i'll tell you anyway. a year before i got cancer i was visiting my sister and mother and just out of the blue i said "GOD just told me i'm going to get cancer but it won't take my life" my sis and mom of coarse said "don't talk like that. a little over a year later i felt a lump so i went to my dr. the mamagram showed cancer. when i was told i didn't say anything at first. the dr. thought maybe i was in shock. i told her i was okay. and told her what i told my mom and sis. she looked at me like i was nuts. but here i am eight years later. i've been a christian for a long time, and it doesn't matter how i leave this earth i know where i'm going. that is why the cancer didn't scare me.

Yes I've had cancer. Lots of drugs, radiation, surgeries too many to count, but I'm still here and loving every minute of it! Best wishes to you!

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I just heard the C word this past July while I was in summer school taking my last college classes for my undergrad. My parents pushed me to see the doc cuz of that lump on my neck since May and the persistant cough. I never saw my doctor for anything. I never got sick! so it was weird.
Then I heard, ultra sound, then CT scan, then needle biopsy, then a regular biopsy and the next thing I hear is chemo radiation and all that other crazy stuff. At 22- it is very very surprizing. I start chemo on Monday and I'm gonna keep working fulltime, staying in school fulltime for my dad's insurance and beating this cancer. I dunno, I guess I don't really care- at this point, although I'm hoping I'll be okay- I'm not workin my dream job or raising a family.. so I don't care if I don't make it. Besides, what happens to us after we die isn't all that bad anyway :-)

Yes, I heard the C-word in 1985 when I was pregnant with my 1st child. I had to have a biopsy performed during my pregnancy which compromised my cervix. Baby was born 8 weeks early and back then that was scary! We almost lost him and he was on oxygen for 30 days but now he's a buff, strapping, gorgeous US Marine on deployment to Iraq! I don't think about it. I stay healthy. I detox twice/year to remove dangerous toxins from my body. Try to stay stress-free and stay OUT of the sun, no matter how good it feels. If you have to be in the sun, cover up your face with hat & dark glasses and wear 50 sunscreen on your body. I lie on a chaise lounge and have my face in the shade of the umbrella and leave the rest of my body out. Take care of your body... it's your humble home.

That would be me too. I was diagnosed on St Patrick's Day 2004 with breast cancer. I was 8 months pregnant with my 2nd child, the first was 18 months old. I was induced the next day and gave birth to my second daughter who weighed in at 8 pds 1 oz. My dr said she would have been 11-12 pds if I went full term. Yikes. My first was a hair under 10 pds.

Anyway, I had a mastectomy a week and a half later where they confirmed the three tumors, the biggest being 4 cm. No positive nodes, but the size of my big buddy tumor put me at a stage 2. Ok, I did 12 weeks of AC chemo (the A of the AC is horrible stuff..Adriamiacin--not sure of the spelling, but it's the one that make everything go to hell in a handbasket.), had testing done where they found my tumor markers had gone up. I had a CT and PET scan done where it showed something in my chest nodes and my lungs. My onc wanted to start chemo again for another 6 months, but we went for a second opinion to Mayo clinc. They did a biopsy of my nodes and tah-dah.....negative. They labeled it Sarcoidosis and within a month or so, everything was back to normal. We decided to stay at Mayo. There I did 5 weeks of radiation, and then did a year of Herceptin. Meanwhile I had a second mastectomy after a scare, and in the spring of 05 I had my TRAM reconstruction. I finished Herceptin in May and here I am now. I take Tamoxifen every day for 5 years total, and I am in a study for 5 years also. I have 3 years left of both.

So that is all of the factual information. As far as emotional, I have no clue as to where I am right now. I think I am angry, although no one around me would know that. I have a lot of pressure to stay upbeat so those around me don't look at me like I am dying all of the time. They say that they are pretty confident that I will be fine, but I know of too many people who have it return after 2, 3, 10 years. It's scarey. I am 31 years old now, possibly will not be able to have any more kids, but I guess from day one I didn't think that cancer would kill me, but who knows?

I think I will be able to answer the outlook on life a little better when my anger emotion settles down a little. I try to be positive, I am trying to move forward, but man, some days are harder than others.

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