I gratefully found this board this morning and have been pouring through the posts. I'm a 55 year old woman with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anal Canal. A month ago, I had 3 lesions removed, all with HPV features. (I'm still suffering the aftermath of that one!) I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy:-). I am told I need radiation and have an appt. on the 16 of August for a consult. My understanding is radiating "that area" is a horror show. Although that does concern me, what concerns me most is the long term side effects of radiation. I've been readng the posts on hip, back pain etc. It seems to me from the little I've read, that one's quality of life following the initial recovery is none to bright. I find myself undecided as to whether to go through with it at all. Any wise words would be ever so appreciated! Thanks in advance to all you brave souls!