Jan 29, 2011 - 9:53 pm
My Mom was diagnosed with anal cancer (squamous) in mid December. She started chemo and radiation on January 18th. She says the Dr's say she is between stage 2 and 3. She had one week of chemo (the kind you carry with you in a pouch) and her second week is set to start on February 15th. She seemed to tolerate the first round of chemo pretty well. Some mild nausea but the meds they prescribed seemed to take care of that. She has some mouth sores. Rinsing with baking soda and salt in water has helped and she doesn't seem to be too bothered by them. Monday, 1/31 is her 10th radiation treatment. She has been 100% incontinent of bladder for years as a result of two strokes that she had 15 years ago and for the last two months she has also had bowel incontinence. Because of the incontinence, she wears depends and a large pad and waterproof incontinence underpants all the time. So she started this process with a red bottom. She is on Coumadin and she has Factor V Leiden which is a fairly common blood disorder that effects the clotting of the blood. She was told that blood issues can complicate chemotherapy. She lives independently and she is with it cognitively. I have been able to take 8 or 9 weeks of Family Medical Leave to stay with her and help her through treatment.