• I am newly diagnosised and waiting a treatment plan for anal cancer. I am not sure what are the best treatment plans out there.

    Asked by rap42 on Saturday, May 11, 2013

    I am newly diagnosised and waiting a treatment plan for anal cancer. I am not sure what are the best treatment plans out there.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I'm not familiar with this type of cancer, but I have always found this website useful and reasonably up-to-date: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/anal

      over 5 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      I would be sure to have someone accompany you when you next see your oncologist...they give so much information at one time that is sometimes difficult to absorb all of it so a second set of ears is helpful...take time to digest your options but feel free to get a second opinion...try to get hooked up with the nearest cancer center and ask for a referral to someone who deals exclusively with your type of cancer and therefore would be up on the latest treatments and studies...I wish you good luck and God bless!

      over 5 years ago
    • liznparadise's Avatar

      Your treatment will depend on what stage your cancer is. Typically for anal cancer the treatment is chemo and radiation. I had stage 2 anal cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). I first saw a surgeon to install a port in my shoulder. They used my left because I am right handed. My treatment was 1 1/12 hr. chemo, mytomiacin (sp?) in the infusion center then they attached a pump with 5fu for 24/7 infusion for 5 days. During this week I also began radiation. I had radiation for 28 days, Monday through Friday w/weekends off. On the 5th week of radiation the chemo routine was repeated then one last week of radiation after. I believe for stage 3 they radiate an additional week. It is pretty intense but it seems to be effective. This is one of the more curable cancers. It has been over a year since I ended treatment, February 17th, 2012, and so far I am cancer free. I am told that if the cancer does return then I would require surgery. I wish you the very best in your journey and you can email me at any time if you need support or have any questions.

      over 5 years ago
    • coppaangel's Avatar

      I remember when I was first diagnosed and as said above bring someone with you, they give you so much information the first time I remember feeling like my head was spinning at the time. You could also ask about clinical trials, I was on one and I believe it helped at the time. Most likely they will tell you to get chemo and radiation, each person handles it differently what bugs some may not bother others. For me the radiation was the worst part but it was probably due to the fact that I had it every day for 9 weeks except weekends those were my days off. Here are some tips that helped me at the time, bring a notebook, put all your questions in it and when you ask them you can write down the answers. This way if you forget later you'll have something to look back on. Get an appt book for your appointments. I had a big pocketbook that I ended up calling my cancer kit, it had wipes, pads, my pain meds, my ointments and lotions for my sensitive skin. It also had my notebook and appointment book, candy, tissues and anything that gave me any type of comfort. Also, never be embarassed to ask the doctors questions even if they are personal or seem silly, they can give you advice on stuff that might help. I wish you a lot of luck on your journey, just remember you will get through it even if it seems difficult. I only wish I joined this site sooner as the people here are very helpful.

      over 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      If possible, please be seen by a colorectal specialist at a major cancer center; don't just be treated by a general oncologist. A specialist can make all the difference in your outcome and quality of life. (My good friend with Anal Cancer) had various treatments, surgeries, a temporary ostomy, and is now completely fine (less than 5 years out) living her normal life. She went to colorectal surgeons and colorectal oncologists at a major cancer center.

      over 5 years ago
    • Rosa's Avatar

      One year ago I was diagnosed with stage II anal cancer. My surgeon referred me for chemo and radiation before surgery. I had 28 rounds of radiation, 4 doses of chemo (oxaliplatin every two weeks), and Xeloda 500, four a day on radiation days (Monday to Friday). It worked, my cancer disappeared without surgery.
      Even when it was not easy, it wasn't as bad as many people here. I had heavy diarrhea, hemorrhoids, colics, back pain. But it is all in the past now. I am cancer FREE!
      Every person is different and doctors have to find the best treatment for each. I hope that your doctors will be able to help you and that very soon you will be feeling back to normal.
      Be strong, be hopeful!

      about 5 years ago

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