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Looking for Men Who Have Had More Than One Cancer

JoelT
JoelT

Hi, I am looking to speak with anyone who has been diagnosed with more than one cancer. I am also looking to speak with anyone who has been a caregiver for a person who has or had more than one cancer.

Thanks,

Joel

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Hey Joel--I've been through both kidney and prostate cancer, I seem to be OK now, not sure what you're looking for.....

JoelT
JoelT
in reply to jimreilly

Jim, I am looking for you. Cancer ABCs is starting a new program for people who have been diagnosed with more than one cancer. We are going to start off with collecting your story (if you agree) and sharing it with others.

I will be getting back to you in the near future to discuss it.

Joel

jimreilly
jimreilly
in reply to JoelT

I've shared my history on this site, and try to limit the amount of time I spend on it elsewhere, but in principal I'm open to this--but despite my age (74) I'm not retired and have a pretty busy life, so, likeI said, limited time

Hi, Joe, I started off with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2015 and then moved on to prostate cancer in 2017. I've been blogging the story about both cancers at: donsreluctantcanceradventure.wordpress.com.

Regards, Don

Hello Joel! I had esophageal cancer almost exactly one year before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. When I had esophageal cancer, I went through surgery to remove the tumor below my left tonsil. The tumor was the size of a golf ball. I had 8 chemotherapy treatments (cisplatin) and 35 radiation treatments. The radiation treatments almost killed me. I had a feeding tube inserted to feed myself. I really did not have any caregivers. I took care of everything myself. Anyway, because of the inability to swallow, I became dehydrated a couple of times and wound up in the emergency room of the hospital. The first time it happened, I laid on my bathroom floor for 6 hours because I could not get up. However, the cold ceramic tile did feel good to me. I drifted it and out of consciousness for almost 6 hours before I was able to get to a phone to call 911. I have very little memory of what transpired after that. My sisters tell me I came very close to dying. The second time it happened, I was able to drive myself to the emergency room. They pumped me full of fluids and in a matter of a couple of hours, I felt fine. I drove myself home. I did not have any noticeable reactions from the chemotherapy, even though my oncologist told me I would definitely experience nausea and vomiting. I never experienced either of those things. It was the radiation which almost killed me. My mouth was burned very badly by the radiation. I developed scabs and sores around my neck which I treated with Sylvadine (?) cream. That cream helped heal my neck tremendously. It took about six months for me to begin feeling like myself again. And then, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few months later. Talk about a shock. I felt like I could not win for losing. Anyway, I had my prostate removed via the nerve sparing DaVinci robotic surgery. The cancer was contained to the prostate so no follow-up care was needed. I just have to get my PSA checked once a year now. I have very firm erections and very strong orgasms. My penis does curve a little now. It was straight before. I have been cancer free for 5 years from the esophageal cancer and 4 years from the prostate cancer. I did have a basil cell carcinoma removed from my right cheek this April. It sometimes feels like it is never going to end. But, I just keep on doing what I've always done and will tackle whatever comes along in the future. Thanks Joel!

Tommy

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