Cytoxan (Cyclophosphamide) Patient Stories

Cytoxan (Cyclophosphamide) Patient Stories

Cytoxan, or the generic cyclophosphamide, is used in in chemotherapy treatment for cancers such as Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, breast cancer, and others.

See below for Cytoxan experiences from real patients.

Mantle Cell Lymphoma Stories: Stage 4, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma| Sheryl’s Story

Sheryl Brian, Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), Stage 4



1st Symptoms: (Over 15 years) Skin irritation from temperature changes, rising WBC levels, unexplained fatigue, retinal hemorrhage, hardened abdomen (from enlarged spleen)
Treatment: 6 cycles Hyper-CVAD chemotherapy
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Rare Cancers: Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia, Grade 3 | Caroline’s Story

Caroline Chisolm, Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia, Grade 3



Cancer Details: As a result of a molar pregnancy
1st Symptoms:
Morning sickness and an unusually high beta hCG
Treatment:
EMACO chemotherapy
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Multiple Myeloma Stories: Relapsed/Refractory MM, Targeted Therapy & Immunotherapy | Clay Drake

Clay Drake, Multiple Myeloma



Diagnosis: Multiple myeloma
Cancer Details:
Early stage multiple myeloma usually causes vague symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose
1st Symptoms:
Persistent kidney issues, nausea
Treatment:
chemo, radiation, stem cell transplant
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Leukemia Stories: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Treated as Childhood Leukemia | William Yank

William Yank, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)



1st symptoms: Extreme fatigue, achey hands
Treatment: Chemotherapy, CAR T-Cell therapy
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Leukemia Story: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Relapse | Casey Head

Casey Head, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)




1st symptoms:
Lump on throat, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, bruising easily
Treatment:
Chemo, immunotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant
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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Stage 3A, Refractory to Gray Zone Lymphoma | Kayla Tremblett

Kayla Tremblett, Hodgkin's, Stage 3A



Cancer details: Possibly misdiagnosed the first time; later diagnosed as grey zone lymphoma
1st Symptoms: Pulled muscle in chest
Treatment: ABVD chemo, radiation, high-dose chemo, stem cell transplant
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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Classical, Stage 2BX, Bulky Disease | Stephanie Ou

Stephanie Ou, Hodgkin's, Stage 2B



Cancer details: Stage 2 with bulky disease
1st Symptoms: Shortness of breath, dry cough
Treatment: Stanford V chemotherapy (12 weeks, 1 infusion each week), radiation (20 days)
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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Fabiola Lopez, Stage 2BX (Bulky Disease), Relapse | The Patient Story

Fabiola Lopez, Hodgkin's, Stage 2BX



Cancer details: Stage 2 with bulky disease, relapsed after 1st chemo. Remission after 2nd chemo & bone marrow transplant
1st Symptoms: Shortness of breath, dry cough, fatigue
Treatment: ABVD chemo (6 cycles), IGEV chemo, bone marrow transplant, BEAM chemo, brentuximab
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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Logan Agee, Stage 2A, Adolescent (AYA) Cancer | The Patient Story

Logan Agee, Hodgkin's, Stage 2A



Cancer details: Diagnosed at age 15
1st Symptoms:
Lump in neck & fatigue
Treatment:
4 cycles of ABVE-PC chemo
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Breast Cancer Stories: Invasive & Lobular, Stage 3A,  ER+ | Tina’s Story
Tina Conrad, Ductal & Lobular Carcinoma in Situ, Stage 3A, ER+



Cancer details: Both ductal and lobular, estrogen receptor positive. Different than breast cancer Tina’s mom was diagnosed w/ twice.
1st Symptoms: Sunken in nipple of right breast
Treatment: Double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy
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Breast Cancer Stories: IDC & DCIS, Stage 2 | Margaret’s Story

Margaret Abe-Koga IDC & DCIS, Stage 2B



Cancer details: IDC is most common kind of breast cancer. DCIS means cancer has not spread into surrounding breast tissue
1st Symptoms: Pain in left breast, left nipple inverting
Treatment: Double mastectomy, chemo (AC-T), Radiation
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Breast Cancer Stories: DCIS, Stage 4, Metastatic, Triple Positive, Grade 2, Relapse Twice | Alison’s Story

Alison Rash, Partially Differentiated DCIS, Stage 4 Metastatic



Cancer details: Triple positive = positive for HER2, estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR)
1st Symptoms: Lump in underarm/breast
Treatment: Chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, targeted therapy
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Metastatic Breast Cancer Story: IDC, TNBC (Triple Negative), Stage 2B, Relapse, Stage 4 | Erin’s Story

Erin Cronican, IDC, Triple Negative, Stage 2B/4 Metastatic



Cancer details: Triple negative doesn’t have any receptors commonly found in breast cancer making it harder to treat
1st Symptoms: Pain in breast
Treatment: Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation
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Breast Cancer Stories: IDC, Stage 3, Grade 3, Triple Negative (TNBC), BRCA1+ | Stephanie’s  Story

Stephanie Johnson, Stage 3, Triple Negative, BRCA1+



Cancer details: Triple negative doesn’t have any receptors commonly found in breast cancer
1st Symptoms: Lump in left breast
Treatment: Chemotherapy, surgery
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Breast Cancer Stories: IDC, Stage 2B, TNBC (Triple Negative), Pregnant with Cancer | Melissa’s Story

Melissa Humphrey, Stage 2B, Triple Negative



Cancer details: Triple negative doesn’t have any receptors commonly found in breast cancer making it harder to treat
1st Symptoms: Lump in left breast
Treatment: Mastectomy, chemotherapy, 2nd mastectomy
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Breast Cancer Stories: IDC, Triple +, Stage 3 | Stefanie’s Story

Stefanie Hauser, IDC, Triple Positive, Stage 3



Cancer details: IDC is most common kind of breast cancer. Triple positive = positive for HER2, estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR)
1st Symptoms: Lump in breast
Treatment: chemotherapy, lumpectomy, radiation
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Breast Cancer Stories: IDC, Stage 2B, Soft Tissue Sarcoma as 2nd Cancer | Monica’s Story

Monica Hoffman, IDC, Stage 2B



Cancer details: IDC is most common kind of breast cancer.
1st Symptoms: Tightness and lump in left breast
Treatment: Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery
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Breast Cancer Stories: IDC, Stage 2B, Grade 2, ER+ | Callie’s Story

Callie Metler-Smith, IDC, Stage 2B, Grade 2, ER+



Cancer Details: ER positive = estrogen receptor positive
1st Symptoms:
Dimpling/lump found on breast
Treatment:
Mastectomy, AC/T chemotherapy, hysterectomy, reconstruction
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Breast Cancer Stories: Triple Negative (TNBC), IDC,Stage 2, Grade 3, BRCA1+ | Joy’s Story

Joy Rodgers, IDC, Stage 2, Triple Negative



Cancer details: Triple negative doesn’t have any receptors commonly found in breast cancer making it harder to treat
1st Symptoms: Lump in breast
Treatment: Chemo, double mastectomy, hysterectomy
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Breast Cancer Stories: IDC, Stage 2B, ER+, PR+| Caitlin’s Story

Caitlin James, IDC, Stage 2B, ER/PR Positive



Cancer Details: ER/PR positive = estrogen and progesterone receptor positive
1st Symptoms:
Lump found on breast
Treatment:
Lumpectomy, AC/T chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy (Lupron and Anastrozole)
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Breast Cancer Stories: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC), Stage 1B | Rachel’s Story

Rachel Yasui, IDC, Stage 1B



Cancer details: IDC is most common kind of breast cancer. Stage 1B.
1st Symptoms: None, caught by delayed mammogram
Treatment: Double mastectomy, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, hormone therapy Tamoxifen
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Breast Cancer Stories: IDC, Stage 1, ER+, PR+, HER2- | Amelia’s Story

Amelia Laytham, IDC, Stage 1, ER/PR+, HER2-



Cancer details: IDC is most common kind of breast cancer.
1st Symptoms: Lump found during self breast exam
Treatment: TC chemotherapy; lumpectomy, double mastectomy, reconstruction; Tamoxifen
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Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Primary Mediastinal B-Cell (PMBCL), Stage 2 | Crystal Zunino

Crystal Zunino, Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL), Stage 2



1st Symptoms: Chest pain
Treatment: 6 cycles of R-CHOP chemotherapy
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Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stories: Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL)| Arielle’s Story

Arielle Rosen, Primary Mediastinal (PMBCL)



1st Symptoms: Swollen neck lymph nodes, fever, appetite loss, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, coughing, itchy skin, trouble breathing
Treatment: R-EPOCH (dose-adjusted) chemotherapy, 6 cycles
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