So, on friday I got the results from my recent chest and pelvis CT scans. In Feb.2011 I was diagnosed with Stage3 Anal Cancer (chemo/rad/colostomy) and in Feb. 2012 Secretory Carcinoma of the breast (mastectomy). For the most part my scans remain stable with a few areas of improvement and a few minor freckles to keep an eye on. I always get a copy of the report and then spend the next several weeks looking up every other phrase that I don't understand. This is both interesting but also causes me to often worry needlessly.
In one part it states that there is circumferential thickening involving the distal anus. It states that it is extremely difficult to quantify the disease burden within this irregularly marginated soft tissue around the anus. Also difficult to ascertain whether or not this soft tissue is purely reflective of malignancy, or whether or not some of this may be reflective of fibrosis. Again at the end of the report it states that it is a very irregular area of soft tissue thickening.
Since my colostomy was originally to be reversed I still have all my parts (rectum,anus...)they are just not in use. I have been dealing with extreme inflamation since treatment ended, but just recently noticed steady improvement. I told my doc that I felt as though I could feel my anus, not pain at all, just that after feeling mostly numb for so long it was as though now I had feeling. I thought this was a good thing but am now wondering if the reason I feel something is due to this "thickening" and maybe a not so good thing.
During the discussion and brief exam with my doc he made little mention of this. I don't see him for 3 months but may call after Christmas.
I'm just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this so called soft tissue thickening around the anus.
Thank you, As always, all in my prayers.