Feb 03, 2013 - 2:35 pm
Greetings, all . . . .
I'm thankful to have finally found this site after realizing what a "lonely" cancer this is to have, and how uninformed both the public and many medical personnel are. I confess to a bit of cyber-stalking over the last few days, as I've attempted to get my ducks in order.
My story, I'm sure, is pretty typical: Went in on 1/9/13 for overdue routine colonoscopy, expecting to have a few polyps as I did in 2004, and hoping to have something done about my pesky growing hemorrhoid, which hemorrhaged in mid-December. [Had been without insurance, and hence medical care, for about 6 years post-divorce.]
I was obviously shocked to discover my hemorrhoid was actually anal cancer. Two biopsies have not given us much to work with, because the tumor is so damn friable and we've not been able to get a good sample. The next two weeks involved CT scans of abdomen and pelvis, meetings with colorectal surgeon and both oncologists, PET scan, simulation, etc. My external tumor is about 2 x 3.5 cm, half-moon shaped, extends along the anterior wall internally, is evidently in two nodes in my groin. The PET scan also revealed that my thyroid is hot, so when I am all through with this treatment, I'll have to attack the thyroid cancer.
After battling with medical support staff all week that didn't seem to understand the sequencing of this treatment protocol, problems have seemingly been resolved. Treatment begins tomorrow morning, Monday, at 11:15. I'm anxious to hit this as hard as I can and put it behind me. Just hope I can keep my strength up, avoid neutropenia and having to take a break because of burns.
Question: My tumor is "weepy", continually giving off a fluid with pus, which horrendously irritates my butt cheeks. Have any of you encountered this?