I'm a 50 year old female who has just been diagnosed with anal cancer. I had a mass removed which apparantly was the size of a walnut and just had a CT scan today to see if it has spread. Recovering from that minor surgery was quite painful and in reading everyone's posts, it appears to me that I get to experience that (those) sensations during my treatment period. Oh goodie!
I am meeting with my radiologist on Monday the 22nd, and I was wondering if some of you could guide me with what I should expect, what to ask about, etc... This is all so overwhelming.
What about alternative treatments? Has anyone tried any of those? If so, what kinds? Did they work?
The data for cure and survival using the western medicine protocal is so positive, I hesitate to veer from that course.
My biggest concern at this point is the short term and long term effects of radiation on such a sensetive area of my body. I'm frightened by words like "vaginal dialators", "depends diapers", etc....