Jan 11, 2013 - 9:30 am
Hi I am new to the board and i have a few questions im hoping someone will be able to help me with. My MIL was recently diagnosed with anal cancer, she went to a general Dr for what she thought to be hemroids, that dr sent her to a proctologist who looked at her and said it was cancer. there was no biopsy or anything done he just looked at it and that is what he said. he ordered a colonoscpy which came back clean. he said he could get it all with surgery since it was only on the outside and just about 1 inch up on the inside. he refered us to a colorectal surgeon who we have not seen yet the appointment is in a couple of day. She has been having ongoing stomach issues for a long time since before we found out about the cancer but last weekend she was in lots of pain in her abdomen area and we took her to the emergency room. they ran lots of tests and did scans but we still have no answers. the emergency room dr said she has a few gall stones but she didnt think that was the problem and said something about her pancreas enzymes being high or that is what i thought she said. she also said the opening to her gall bladder or pancreas was swollen. She gave her some med to help with her stomach pain and told us to see a gasteonologist. Is it possible, that even though the colonoscopy came back clean that the cancer could be in her pancreas or her gall bladder? the proctologist we have been to already has never told us anything about the staging or anything like that so we really dont know what is going on from the way he talked it was a minor thing and could just be treated with surgery and he said a few zaps of radiation. shouldnt they be doing more to find out if the cancer has went anywhere beyond the anus? could her stomach issues be related to this cancer? she says she cant eat anything beyond a couple of bites and she feels full and has stomach aches often this has me worried. what questions should i ask this new dr when we go see him? Any advice is greatly appreciated.