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I am a speech language pathologist, married to my very supportive husband, and have two fur-babies (dogs). At the age of 49, I was diagnosed with anal cancer stage I in May of 2022.

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June 19, 2022

college station, tx, United States

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

squamous cell cancer T1NOMO

May 19

Stage 1

0.1 - 1.0 cm

No

Mitomycin

side effects during treatment and not knowing what the long term side effects might be

There are many helpful and caring people who support me.

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I am in a clinical trial: De-Intensified ChemoRadiation for Early Stage Anal Squamous Cell (decrease)

MD Anderson Houston

In January of 2020 I noticed a little bump on the perianal area. My doctor examined it and treated it as a hemorrhoid. With COVID19 happening that Spring, my next doctor's appointment had to be rescheduled to May. My doctor examined it again and noticed it was not getting better so she referred me to a surgeon who removes hemorrhoids and skin tags. The surgeon thought it looked like a skin tag. He gave me the option to surgically remove it or leave it. Since it was a little painful and annoying I chose surgery. After he removed it, the pathology results came back as a T1N0 invasive anal squamous cell carcinoma. After this I was seen by doctors at MD Anderson for the next two years. No concerns were reported the rest of 2020 or in 2021. In May of 2022 I was scheduled for a colonoscopy at MD Anderson. The doctor was concerned with some abnormal looking tissue in the anal canal. Biopsies confirmed 1 mm squamous cell cancer and I was diagnosed with T1NOMO. I started a clinical trial with chemo radiation on June 13.

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