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Board: Cancer 09-10-2008, 11:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 13,426
Posted By DJW
Re: Update from DJW: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Update....:D

Well...I must admit I had a wonderful summer! After radiation from April to June in the recurring left inguinal area, I took 8 weeks off to wait for the followup PET scan to see what...
Board: Cancer 09-10-2008, 11:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 13,426
Posted By DJW
Board: Cancer: Lung 05-18-2008, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,354
Posted By DJW
Re: liquid zeolite

I have to say that I was not impressed with liquid zeolite at all last summer. In fact - it made me anemic because it removed minerals that my body needed. I was dissappointed. :(

The one thing...
Board: Cancer 05-17-2008, 11:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 13,426
Posted By DJW
Re: Update from DJW: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Hey - who started this as a new thread? It should have been attached to my original thread...:confused:
Why was no message sent or posted if admin did it?

As an admin on another board..this is...
Board: Cancer 05-16-2008, 02:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 13,426
Posted By DJW
Re: Update from DJW: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Ruth, :D
I was hoping you would see my update.

Yes, the Tarceva is not able to keep the large tumor in check on my thigh - but it has been amazing so far with the lung mets. It buys me time..;) ...
Board: Cancer: Pancreatic & Liver 05-15-2008, 11:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 27,986
Posted By DJW
Re: Best Hospitals for Pancreatic Cancer?

Any hospital that uses the Cyberknife treatment on pancreatic cancers...

Patrick Swayze went to Stanford Medical Center in California for his pancreatic cancer. They are one of the first to use...
Board: Cancer 05-15-2008, 11:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 13,426
Posted By DJW
Smile Update from DJW: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Just an update.....:)

I'm still plunking away..:D Though I did have to start radiation on that tumor that grew in the surgery site...after I had the radical resection of the inguinal lymph nodes.....
Board: Cancer: Lung 04-28-2008, 09:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 6,254
Posted By DJW
A little secret about Tarceva I've found...

I've been on Tarceva 150 mg since September 2007 for some lung mets that developed from my squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary. Lung mets are considered part of the non-small cell cancer...
Board: Cancer: Lung 02-24-2008, 12:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,764
Posted By DJW
Re: Acceptance...

:D He sounds like me!
I live for our annual beach trip and it's one of those things that keeps me going.

I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma May 2006 - with an unknown primary site....
Board: Cancer 02-03-2008, 12:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 997
Posted By DJW
Re: cni III

puspha,

If I read your post correctly, you were diagnosed with cervical cancer. You had your cervix removed and now your cancer is classified as CN1 III?

I believe that N1 indicates lymph node...
Board: Cancer 02-03-2008, 12:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,107
Posted By DJW
Re: CEA reading of 6

Good idea! If only to put your minds at ease.;)

I pray that all tests come back great and you will both have a reason to celebrate!:)
Board: Cancer 02-01-2008, 07:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Ruth,

I also wonder if that fear ever leaves us after our cancer is gone? I remember once I turned 40 thinking that every ailment was going to lead to some dreaded disease....Though they would...
Board: Cancer 01-31-2008, 11:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,107
Posted By DJW
Re: CEA reading of 6

I believe levels for a person without cancer can go up to 6 if they are a smoker. They would still be considered in the normal range at 6. My CEA levels never got above 3.6 WITH cancer....and I...
Board: Cancer 01-31-2008, 11:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Just checking in again!

I went for my latest check up in mid January. The scans showed some incredible results! There was still no growth in tumor and the mets areas in my lungs were dying! I...
Board: Cancer 12-13-2007, 08:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Ruth, and all,

Just checking in!

I'm still feeling fine and just rushing around getting things ready for the holidays. (And so grateful to have these times with my family! ).

The tumor...
Board: Cancer 11-20-2007, 11:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Just checking in again...:)

I had ct scans performed after one month on the Tarceva/Celebrex combination..(see above posts for explanation about those meds..)

My tumor has not grown at all in...
Board: Cancer 10-08-2007, 09:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,188
Posted By DJW
Re: where to get treatment for colon cancer with no insurance

Some Cancer Treatment Centers and Hosptials have Benevolent funds for such cases. You might also contact the American Cancer Society - they've been running commercials on tv lately about helping...
Board: Cancer 10-03-2007, 04:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,754
Posted By DJW
Re: Questions regarding Hospitals Quickness regarding cancer

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother!

Yes - Hospital's due have a tendency to treat cancer patients like chopped liver. :( They generally aren't funded for specialized cancer treatment and try...
Board: Cancer 10-02-2007, 08:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 24,811
Posted By DJW
Re: Soft Tissue Lipoma or Liposarcoma

I have the exact same lump in the exact same place too! Hmm...

My Grandmother had them also on both legs...She later had cancer. I have one on my right leg that developed after the birth of my...
Board: Cancer 09-28-2007, 09:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 34,634
Posted By DJW
Re: Huge lump under my incision site

:D I had to laugh when I read that!

The same thing happened to my doctor when she pressed on my swollen and infected lymph nodes prior to my biopsy. I tried to warn her but she was too fast with...
Board: Cancer 09-28-2007, 09:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Just checking in....:D

I had to go off the Tarceva just one day after my last post...(7/27/07). I came down with a vicious infection and spent a week in bed with fever and chills.:( I thought it...
Board: Cancer 07-27-2007, 11:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

[LIST=1]
Tarceva is a chemo ( in pill form) without the harsh side effects of the standard IV (port) chemo drugs. Tarceva works to break down a protein on the cancer cell to make it more vulnerable...
Board: Cancer 07-25-2007, 01:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,413
Posted By DJW
Re: For SamQKitty and DJW

Gotta love those lymph nodes! :D

If they are swollen - then they are doing their job! It's what they are trapping that can be the problem....

I had a swollen lymph node on my left leg/groin...
Board: Cancer 07-24-2007, 01:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Hi Ruth!

I was hoping you would see my update. :)

I expected your response to my decision to nix chemo...;) Perhaps I should have had chemo as a follow up to the surgery - but at the time...
Board: Cancer 07-17-2007, 07:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,055
Posted By DJW
Re: Need support

You may want to get a second opinion.....

I've met hundreds of people over the past year - from all over the country who's initial oncologists gave them bleak survival times - who are all well...
Board: Cancer 07-17-2007, 06:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Update!
(Yeah..I'm still alive..;) :D )

To recap...Last year in August I went through major surgery to remove all of the lymph nodes in my left leg/groin area. I had been diagnosed with Squamous...
Board: Cancer 09-04-2006, 11:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Thanks Sam Q Kitty!

I was shocked at how exentsive this mass was once they got in there! I never felt anything other than the abcessed and swollen nodes on the surface! Cancer is so incredibly...
Board: Cancer 08-29-2006, 11:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Well..I'm back from Tulsa!

Surgery took almost 7 hours and the cancer was extensive but they took their time and got it all!:D

Once they got inside of my thigh - they saw that the mass had...
Board: Cancer 08-04-2006, 08:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,242
Posted By DJW
Re: Any other young people here with cancer

Kenai,

Virginia Mason is a great hospital! :)
I used to have a doctor who worked out of there and my mother finally got answers to her medical symptoms there after other hospitals couldn't...
Board: Cancer: Colon 08-04-2006, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 13,370
Posted By DJW
Re: CEA Count ????

I have been diagnosed with Squamous Cell carcinoma. It's in my left inguinal lymph nodes and I go in for surgery next week.

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America - where I went for a second...
Board: Cancer 08-04-2006, 03:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,242
Posted By DJW
Re: Any other young people here with cancer

(((kenai)))

I'm so sorry that they found more tumors. I know it seems rough right now but don't let it get you down too much! And NEVER let your doctors stop trying to beat this thing.

If...
Board: Cancer 08-02-2006, 09:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Ruth,

The Cancer Treatment Center of America sent me a copy of my Ultra-sound, CT and PET scans on one CD/DVD. I told them that I wanted to view the PET scan with the surgeon prior to my surgery...
Board: Autism Spectrum 08-01-2006, 12:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,124
Posted By DJW
Re: Do your kids do this?

It seems like it was around age 5 that my son finally began to put his sentences together somewhat correctly... Before that it was "Go store car" Or he would repeat the last part of something I...
Board: Cancer 07-31-2006, 11:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,797
Posted By DJW
Re: carcinoid tumor

That's great news whitewingdove!:)

She's in my prayers for a complete recovery!
Board: Cancer: Kidney 07-31-2006, 06:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 15,947
Posted By DJW
Re: Please Read/KIDNEY CANCER

(((Brighterday)))

I was just following your post's on your husbands battle's with this cancer.

Is laser surgery the only option for treating it in his brain? I met a man who was going to have...
Board: Cancer 07-28-2006, 08:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,242
Posted By DJW
Re: Any other young people here with cancer

When I was in Tulsa at the Cancer Treatment Center America earlier this month, I met a 22 yr old young woman with Liver cancer. She was undergoing chemo to get rid of cancer that had spread to a...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-27-2006, 06:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,409
Posted By DJW
Re: those pitying looks

Oh! This made me laugh!:D

In his adult years, my son developed this obsession of buying VCR and DVD players at Flea markets, garage sales, etc.... We must have about 10 of them! :eek: We...
Board: Panic Disorders 07-27-2006, 05:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,109
Posted By DJW
Re: Has anyone ever beaten Panic Disorder?

I would get panic attacks driving on freeways...
I hated this because I had to drive on my job....This is actually when I had my first attack! :eek:
I was so mad at myself for not being able to...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-27-2006, 04:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,409
Posted By DJW
Re: those pitying looks

:D Isn't that incredible? My son could completely take our vacume cleaner apart - yet couldn't dress himself! He could remember license plate numbers of every car we passed from our house to where...
Board: Cancer: Breast 07-27-2006, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,766
Posted By DJW
Re: Radiation - do I really need it?

Nessie,

First of all - it's your body! No one - including doctors can ultimately make you take a treatment you aren't comfortable with. I think a little more information will help you make your...
Board: Cancer 07-26-2006, 11:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,791
Posted By DJW
Re: been told it was THROAT CANCER and it was NOT?

Hmmm..
"Throat" cancer is kind of a broad term for a diagnosis... Esophagus? Larnyx?

Here's what I found for symptoms of "throat cancer" Many of these symptoms can be caused by tooth infections,...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-26-2006, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,285
Posted By DJW
Re: Advice from knowing parents needed...am I at risk?

I'm from the school of thought that our gene's predispose us to it - IF- we are exposed to an external source/toxin. ie; Vaccine, (live virus, mercury) environmental toxins, ..etc..

Until...
Board: Cancer: Lung 07-26-2006, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,005
Posted By DJW
Re: coughing broken up tumor(sponge like tissue)

I met several lung cancer patients at the Cancer Treatment Center America - Tulsa. They underwent a type of radiation called Brachytherapy? (may have spelled that wrong) Some of them mentioned...
Board: Asperger's Syndrome 07-25-2006, 10:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,690
Posted By DJW
Re: I have a 31 yr old son with Autism/Aspergers...hope this info helps

9CatMom,

If there's anything I've learned in all of this - it's that there is no such thing as "normal". There is no list to go by that would identify "normal" traits or behavior in humans. We...
Board: Cancer 07-25-2006, 08:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,140
Posted By DJW
Re: Annual Physical Check up and Cancer..A question everyone should consider...

shnswms,
I completely agree with your post!

And even now - after my diagnosis - I can't worry about future cancers!
I just will not allow it! Stress is indeed the cause of many illness and too...
Board: Cancer 07-25-2006, 06:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,140
Posted By DJW
Re: Annual Physical Check up and Cancer..A question everyone should consider...

It's funny that you should mention this...

I went for my annual check up last Fall and was given a clean bill of health. However, during that check up I showed my doctor a painful boil I had on my...
Board: Cancer 07-25-2006, 06:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 38,440
Posted By DJW
Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma-Unknown Primary-inguinal nodes

Ruth,

Your information just keeps relieving my stress! :D

The cervical cancer I had was actually one step before it's considered an agressive cancer. It was still contained in the small area...
Board: Asperger's Syndrome 07-25-2006, 05:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,690
Posted By DJW
Re: I have a 31 yr old son with Autism/Aspergers...hope this info helps

9CatMom! :D

You are blowing my left-handed theory! Actually - I read about the lefthanded/autism relation a while ago...so it isn't my theory...;)

Oh well....I guess I can wait for more...
Board: Asperger's Syndrome 07-24-2006, 11:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,690
Posted By DJW
Re: I have a 31 yr old son with Autism/Aspergers...hope this info helps

Gatsby,

I read about the autism/aspie tendency toward left handed somewhere long ago - and since then - I have done my own personal research. (That means I asked all of the parents of autistic...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-24-2006, 09:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 446
Posted By DJW
Re: DJW questions plz.

mommaboyz,

Those are important questions!

1.does he live with you?
Yes he does at the moment - but he's looking at home prices to buy. Our home has a mother-inlaw-basement that he rents... He...
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