Just diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, 3cm, no lymph node involvment and no metastisis. I'm seeing oncologist for the first time tomorrow. I'm trying to get a feel for the side effects people have experienced from the treatment, long term and short term, (knowing that there's a range of side effects and that they vary from person to person). I'd like to hear what people have experienced from the chemo and radiation and the surgery that comes after. If untreated, the tumor will kill me, and if treated, the treatment will will either cure me or kil me, so the choice to be treated seems clear. That said, my personal choice is not to have a colostomy or bowel incontinence and those issues will be a factor in my decisions regarding treatments. I sure don't want to die just yet and will do everything in my power to avoid that, but for me, it's a quality of life issue. How many of you have lost sphincter control and regained it? How many have lost it and not regained it? Is it a gradual thing that starts during treatment or does it just happen one day and that's it? Can anyone share their experiences? Thanks very much in advance.