Aug 24, 2012 - 3:33 pm
Dear friends...I had my radiation simulation today at Duke and start treatment on Monday. I asked about the PET scan I had done on Wednesday. The doc said that a couple of lymph nodes were involved.
I had been told at another hospital that it was stage one, but no PET scan was done.
The doc said the nodes are beside the cancer and were going to be treated anyway. He also said that they would be using a stronger dose of radiation.
They will also be doing IMRT.
All the emotions I had when I was first told I had anal cancer returned in full force upon hearing that it's stage two. My fear level went up a lot when I heard.
I guess I'm asking if anyone has any thoughts, especially anyone past stage one. Also, it seems like IMRT is the best way to go, but I'd like to hear any thoughts on that as well.
Thank you all for all the support you have given me.