Aug 28, 2012 - 8:42 pm
I was supposed to start radiation/ chemo on Tues 9/4, but the she ( the doctor) said I need a PET scan because there was lymph node enlargement, and following the PET scan, will need CT planing scan. She is doing IMRT, and said radiation would last 6 1/2 weeks.
My tumor is 7 cms long and goes almost completely around the anal walls, and because of the size, is in the rectum as well. Because of the size, she will use higher doses of radiation.
She was VERY black and white, stated that I can expect the more severe symptoms, and to not plan on being able to work after week 3, maybe sooner than that.
My past history involves IV drug addiction,( recovovering since 1997) and while I have bene upfront about this since day 1, I am worried about pain control and the doctor being hesitant to medicate me. After talking to her, I do fele better about that ( to a degree)
I am just frustrated about this delay, I want to get started.
I appreciate having all of you here to vent to and know that I feel better expressing my fears here, to you who understand.