• Remission

    Asked by Jbogardk on Monday, August 28, 2017


    It's been almost three years since treatment. I continue to have some symptoms like bleeding and mucus. Is this normal?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar

      Nothing is normal about cancer, especially anal cancer.

      I am 15 years past treatment and continue to bleed because the radiation vaporized tissue and I have a non healing radiation 'scar'. It doesnt bleed as much as it once did but it doesnt increase energy to be bleeding 24/7.

      As to the mucus, consider cutting out dairy and animal products for a short time, say a couple of months, and see if that doesnt help. It worked for me.

      Tomorrow, call your doctor and ask if they havent come up with anything new to help? For me, the scar is so close to my rectum that the only "help" available is a colonoscopy or a colostemy. For the first 3 years and then every five years I explain that the scar is unlikely to have moved and that I want less problems, not more.

      Maybe your doc will tell you differently. If he or she does, please do let me know.

      Meanwhile, they say that time heals all wounds. I must admit that I bleed less now. It is no longer a fountain of bright red and I no longer think "OMG, the cancer is still there" as I did when the blood first came gushing out some months after the doctors had quit torturing, er, treating me.

      I wish I could tell you differently.

      Best wishes.

      over 2 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      It could be normal but worth checking....

      over 2 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      As Geekling says there is nothing normal about cancer. Be sure to have your Dr. check this out and continue to monitor it

      over 2 years ago
    • Jbogardk's Avatar

      Thank you all for the advise. I see my oncologist tomorrow

      over 2 years ago

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