Patient Comments: Screening Tests for Cancer

Question:

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: Diamonds, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I reluctantly took an FOBT (fecal occult blood test) which gave a positive result. Next step was a colonoscopy which revealed a bowel tumor. I had no symptoms at all and was fit, energetic and well. The surgery that followed allowed for the entire tumor to be removed and due to it being early stage 1, I required no further treatment. I am so pleased I took that test and am now a great advocate telling all who will listen to take the test!

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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