Feb 19, 2013 - 5:03 pm
I Hope and feel I've finally found a forum for my personal experience, and hopefully, as I go through this process, I'll he able to help others.... This Thursday (Feb 21) I will at last have the doctors' meeting to discuss my diagnosed (recurrent) anal cancer. I already know they will be advising chemoradiation therapy, and natural concerns come up. I'm not ashamed to say I have a low pain threshold, and when I had my first bout the this, and they opted for a local resection (surgery) the pain was pretty excruciating. Liquid morphine didn't help except by distracting me. I understand that chemo is not as bad pain-wise as the radiation will be (because of the location of the cancer) but also, the many other side effects mentioned are pretty daunting. I know I'm jumping the gun by asking about this before the full programme of my treatment is discussed, but...I'm an anxious person by nature! I'm hoping to have a LIST of questions for the initial doctor(s) prepared, and the first one will be how far or how big the tumor/cancer has progressed (if at all). Anyway, I'll keep you guys posted. Wonder if you know wny special questions I should have for the doctors for this first meeting (I almost want to ask, what if I I didn't do ANY of the treatments??