Patient Comments: Screening Tests for Cancer

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What procedure or test did your doctor use to diagnose your cancer and find out what kind it was? Describe your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: scarletxo1989, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I had a Pap test for cancer and everything was fine. About 1 or 2 months later out of the blue I just started sleeping very deep and it felt like I couldn't get enough sleep. I told my mother something was wrong she said I was just wear myself out and it is good that I am sleeping. I was about 18 at the time. I knew something was wrong, it continued for another 3 or 4 weeks and then I went and had a test. Doctor found I had HPV (human papilloma virus) which turned to cervical dysplasia and it was growing quickly. In 2 months it had developed and grown. They watched it for 2 months because we didn't have the proper finances the hospital required and they turned me away. The next test showed I had moved 2 stages. I went through laser and got rid of it and my sleeping went back to normal. I'm here trying to find if there is a way I can find if I am okay without going to the doctor. I don't trust doctors anymore. But with me, my symptom was that I was so tired and slept for 12 hours and didn't want to get up.

Comment from: Howie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

Cancer was detected in October 2011 in my right lung (lobe 1), by x-ray. Biopsy was done within a week. It was found to be cancer, about the size of a golf ball 23/4 in. diameter. Surgery was on November 21 2011, and entire 1st lobe and 17 lymph nodes were removed. All nodes were benign. I started chemotherapy first week of January 2012. It lasted 4 months. I lost 50 lbs., almost all hair on my body. Blood counts were progressively getting worse, and I needed weekly shots to correct. I felt tired with little ambition and not much of an appetite. The chemotherapy consisted of Navelbine and Cisplatin using a port. This December I will have a blood test and CT scan, normal procedure. It will be 3 years cancer free. The surgery was done robotically and at this point I have no visible scars. Hospital stay, in on Monday and out on Wednesday, home for lunch. Hope this helps.

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