• Based on your personal treatment for squamous cell anal cancer, could you continue to work if you sat at a desk all day?

    Asked by CRUIZER on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Based on your personal treatment for squamous cell anal cancer, could you continue to work if you sat at a desk all day?

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Lol.

      No way.

      I was treated over a decade ago and got more radiation than they now offer three people.

      over 5 years ago
    • CRUIZER's Avatar
      CRUIZER

      thanks for responding. what do you mean you got more radiation than they offer 3 people now. are you saying they used to do more radiation than they do now?

      over 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      yes.
      exactly right.
      how many are they suggesting to you?

      over 5 years ago
    • diaturtles' Avatar
      diaturtles

      I would say, yes you could continue to work even at a desk. Everyone is different and treatment affects our bodies differently, I know a few different ladies who are working after completing treatment and their doing fine even being out 2-4 years later. You know your own body better then anyone and don't push yourself :)

      over 5 years ago
    • Gemlady's Avatar
      Gemlady

      I have been in remission for 6 years, give or take. I still have a lot of discomfort sitting. Kinda feels like someone shoved a big apple in my butt. (Urologist said watermelon) but in any case it is very uncomfortable. Also: low back pain and "menstral cramps" kinda/sorta, I'm not so old I don't remember them! Pain in hip joints (had my hips both replaced a year before treatment, go figure! If this hasn't lessened by now I kind of figure it IS permanent.

      over 5 years ago
    • diaturtles' Avatar
      diaturtles

      Try sitting on a pillow when you sit on a chair or even any hard surface, it will help..I swear. I still sit on a pillow and I've been declared NED for the past 11 years. did you have surgery to remove the tumor and/or lymph nodes? That can add to the discomfort you may be experiencing. I'll assume you had radiation and pelvic radiation is not a friend of ours at all as it can cause other problems down the road.

      over 5 years ago
    • lindsayfanelli's Avatar
      lindsayfanelli

      I had 30 rounds of radiation, and two of concurrent chemo. I didn't do surgery as you have. I personally could NOT sit at a desk. I even stopped working for two months period. The pain and mental anguish alone was enough to have me completely checked out of life. The radiation protocol left me with third degree burns that were only soothed with silvadene burn cream, and 2 ER morphine tablets every 12 hours, and 6 mg. of diluadid every 4 hours. However, everyone has a personal experience, and if you have had surgery to remove most of your tumor, I would say that you are in the very early stages - at least that is my assumption. I was stage 2, so surgery was not an option b/c the tumor size was more than 2 cm and they would have disrupted anal function.

      over 5 years ago
    • diaturtles' Avatar
      diaturtles

      I was stage lllb and I had surgery and my tumor was greater then 5 cm and nodes removed. and I don't have a colostomy bag. It really depends on the location of the tumor, whether or not one has surgery. I had 6 months of chemo and 36 rad sessions. I also had 3rd degree burns and 2nd degree burns in the vaginal area as well as the bum. I never had any meds to help with pain

      over 5 years ago
    • liznparadise's Avatar
      liznparadise

      I wouldn't have been able to sit @ a desk all day. I layed on my side on the sofa and sat on a pillow in the car.

      over 5 years ago
    • svhous' Avatar
      svhous

      I had the 30 days radiation, 2 chemo doses. The first 2-3 months after treatment would have been difficult, impossible right at first. But now, at four months, it would be OK. As long as you are close to a toilet and have the freedom to go when you need to. As has been mentioned already, we are all different. I have had only a few days on an occasional basis, when it would have been a serious problem to work at a desk. Which is not to say that I'm totally comfortable, but loose clothes, pads and wipes would keep me functioning in an office situation.
      - Sally

      over 5 years ago
    • diaturtles' Avatar
      diaturtles

      I agree Sally!

      over 5 years ago
    • warrior3's Avatar
      warrior3

      I had the typical 6 weeks of radiation along with 2 full weeks of chemo. Within a few weeks of starting the protocol I was physically exhausted and unable to eat enough to provide the energy I would have needed to work, sitting or otherwise. My treatments ended in mid-July and I was able to begin my new school year (I'm a teacher) in late August with no problem. But during treatments… no way I could have gone to work!

      over 5 years ago
    • subie's Avatar
      subie

      There is no way I could work sitting at a desk during treatment. I haven't worked since the surgery Dec,07. There is to much residual damage froM chemo/rad to get any normalcy back to my body.

      over 5 years ago
    • sue57's Avatar
      sue57

      Two years out still not back at work, sitting isn't my issue, its the bathroom events! Hard to travel to work a long distance because when you "need to go you need to go" :)

      about 5 years ago
    • LuckyGirl's Avatar
      LuckyGirl

      Only if the desk was directly adjacent to a private bathroom.

      about 5 years ago

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