Nov 13, 2010 - 11:22 am
I found out two months ago that I had a tumour in the third toe of my left foot, and that there is some damage to the other toes (except the big toe). I have had surgery on the foot where the middle toe and the third metatarsal bone has been removed and I am currently recovering from the operation. Once the wound is healed I believe I will be starting a course of radiotherapy.
Unfortunately various specialists in this field have not been able to agree on a diagnosis as it seems I have a rare form of cancer. Some are saying that it is a spindle cell type of cancer, others are saying it is an epithelioid sarcoma. Without a confirmed diagnosis, it seems any post op treatment will be experimental, and I am told that I will require close monitoring to ensure the cancer does not re-emerge. At the moment I am unsure if radiotherapy or chemotherapy will even work, but I guess I have to trust those who know best and make decisions based on the best information available to me.
In one sense I am feeling lucky that I haven't lost my whole leg because that was a consideration for a while, particularly as we weren't sure how aggressive the tumour was, but I have to still face up to the reality that I may have to consider full amputation if the cancer does turn out to be of the aggressive nature. Everything so far points to the fact that it isn't, but it is worrying when some specialists are saying that it is. I guess as anyone who has had cancer will know, I have to take one day at a time, and importantly remain head strong and believe that I will recover and lead as normal a life as possible.