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Hi Everyone, I came across this page when I was researching throat cancer, and how to help the throat after radiation and chemo. I personally do not have cancer, my brother was just diagnosed, and is in the process of undergoing chemo and radiation. His journey will begin in a few days. I appreciate all the valuable information on here, and hope you do not mind we reading and following along with all of you. Lots and Lots of prayers and well wishes to you all. This is all new to our family and we want to be as knowledgable as possible to help our brother.

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The start of my journey

The first time I associated cancer to me was back when I was in high school, I think.  I remember my Mom telling me that her Grandmother died of cancer in her late thirties or forties.  My Grandmother confirmed this but wouldn't elaborate on any of it.  I left it there and moved on.  In 1996 my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and even then I pushed it away, being in my mid-twenties I was still self-absorbed and just walked through the motions.  My Mom never spoke to me about her breast cancer.

Extragonadal germ cell tumor

My son was diagnosed on 2/7/15 with a mediastinal germ cell tumor. His AFP level at the time of diagnosis was 48,000. He went through 4 rounds of BEP.  His AFP was 125 after chemo, and then started to rise, so we had to move on to  2 autologous stem cell transplants accompanied with high dose EP.  This reduced his AFP to <25, which made him a candidate for surgery. The mass was removed in 9/15 at Indiana University by Dr. Kenneth Kesler. The tumor was necrotic when removed. A small portion of his lung had to be removed with the tumor.

Cea count

After 24 chemo treatments,and 1 y90 treatment my CEA count rose,is normal?

Surviving(?) Stage 2 Breast Cancer

I am looking for ANY kind of support for a variety of issues I'm dealing with, including attempting to survive the botched diagnosis and treatment for stage 2 breast cancer. I am also the sole caregiver for an elderly spouse and am de facto single mom of 3 minor children. We live several states away from family.

Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Stage 3, Grade III

I have been diagnosed a month ago with TNBC which has spread to my lymph nodes and I am scared of what to do next.  I am still waiting on my PET scan.   I have been told my only option is Chemo but the chances of a recurrence are high (90%).  I am reaching out in the hope to speak to someone who has gone through this or is going through this and what methods have worked for them.  My heart is telling me to say "no" to chemo but my head is unsure.  I am so confused right now of what to do next.  Thank you in advance.


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Tricounty Cancer Survivors Blog

We are a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing support, education, empowerment and advocacy to those living with a diagnosis of cancer and their caregivers.

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Colorectal Cancer



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