Jan 05, 2013 - 12:11 pm
I finished my scans right after the holidays and yesterday I had both of my oncology consults yesterday. I met with the rad doc first. I had my sister with me and my 18 year old daughter with me. Needless to say the three of us were a nervous wreck. I was nauseated and light headed. So the doc comes in and asks me how I'm feeling and asks me to tell my story. Basically from symptoms to diagnosis. After I tell my story he says "I'm not surprised that you are doing well because we don't see any cancer". Okay????? All scans are clear. He goes on to say the tumor I had was 2cm. He staged me as 0-1. He said that he had already spoken to the chemo Dr. that I'm going to see that morning and that they put my case on the agenda for their tumor board meeting next week. He said they are not sure about treatment. He of course went over the standard Protocol of treatment for anal cancer. (and yes to those of you that are wondering. he has treated many cases of anal cancer). They are considering if they should treat me at all right now or just closely monitor me or just do radiation. I'm 46 and otherwise healthy. He said they are thinking of the treatment side effects and life changes that happen. with this treatment. They are basically saying "do we need to make this woman sick right. now?" So I go right from his office down the hall to the chemist doc. Basically the same discussion but he threw in another possible option which would be surgery to go back in and basically scrape the area where the tumor was to get bigger margins in case of microscopic cells that can't be seen. Then monitor closely. If it comes back then go forward with standard treatment. They said they will call me next week after the tumor board meeting. At that time they will make the recommendation to me but will ultimately be my decision. I understand all of it. Will be a very tough decision for me. With my age and what's going on in my life right now quality of life issues are a big factor for me. I'm My daughter graduates from High School I'm May and we are going to Ireland in June. And the big one is I'm getting married I'm October. (big wedding). So you can see why I wouldn't want pain incontinence sex issues etc.... HOWEVER I don't want cancer either! It's so frustrating. It could never come back. Or it could be years. Or it could be months. Has anyone had this situation?