Hello - New guy here. Diagnosed Feb 15 with rectal cancer and told It would be taken out as I was waking up from Colonoscopy / Biopsy. RE-Diagnosed the next morning with Anal Cancer. The doc really thought it was a rectal tumor growing down into the anus, "but I was wrong" he says: "it's anal tumor growing up into the rectum!"
I said - is that good?
he said - I won't be doing surgery - we'll kill it with radiation and chemo!
While this was all sinking in I was also getting strange fevers, so I prodded him on the other tests.
I said - hey - how does that catscan look? could I have some sort of sinus infection?
He phones back - Tim, I made some time for you tomorrow morning! Bring in your wife!
(I did not realize that "made you some time" and "bring your wife" are phrases I should have been scared of.)
The next morning my wife and I are looking a a cat scan of someone's liver which is absolutely covered with tumors. He explains that it is me, and that we can't kill those tumors the way we can kill the anal tumor, but we can keep trying to shrink them and get you some time. (wife is crying, I'm trying to comfort) I'm asking what does it mean - 3 months? 3 weeks? a year? Doc dodges those things but stays very sympathetic as he sends me down to the cancer center. (I still like that doc and think he's a good man)
I get settled into the cancer Center and fast forward - finished treatment yesterday. I've got loads of pain and bathroom issues like you guys, but before I start my public griping ;) I thought I would give you some background. TIM