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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy and radiation combined): Have not begun treatments yet.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): My surgery was to remove the mass, which was external, and had slightly went into the muscle. Recovery went better than expected.

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      Keith59

      heddie99 is good to hear your surgery and recovery went well. Prayers for healing and rest for you.

      about 5 years ago
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    Oh No (Misdiagnosed): I had hemorrhoids from childbirth for 20 years and had felt they had just gotten larger. Creams were not working. The pain got to be so bad that I decided to contact a colorectal surgeon from the phonebook who stated that the mass was not a hemorrhoid and suggested surgery to remove the mass. This is when I learned it was Anal Cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Shocked, at 42 years old.

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      Uranus

      I was misdiagnosed with a hemorrhoid too. From what I hear it happens too often. So glad your surgery and recovery went well.

      about 5 years ago
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      Ouch_Ouch_Ouch

      As I understand it, the symptoms of a bad case of hemorrhoids and those of anal cancer can be very similar. The odds that those symptoms are anal cancer are very low, but should be considered.

      I went to a board certified colo-rectal surgeon, but was way too uncomfortable to tolerate much of a digital rectal exam (aka DRE) at his office, forget about an anoscope. As best he could tell, I had a thrombosed hemorrhoid and a large anal fissure and scheduled me for a repair. The tumor erupted through my skin, but AFTER I saw the MD, BEFORE the scheduled repair. When I told him about it in the pre-op exam room, he looked very thoughtful, then after I was anesthetized in the OR, it became obvious what the true problem was. He immediately took a frozen section of the tumor to the lab and he and the pathologist looked at it right away. As soon as I awoke in recovery, I had the alarming diagnosis.

      I'm sorry that you were misdiagnosed, but sadly, it can happen - even with a sincere, certified colo-rectal surgeon when the circumstances won't allow for a thorough exam. Thankfully, even with a steady yearly increase in occurrence, anal cancer is still a rare one, though we are both 100% effected by it!

      Find reliable anal cancer information here:
      American Cancer Society: Anal Cancer - http://www.cancer.org/cancer/analcancer/index
      The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation - http://www.analcancerfoundation.org/

      about 5 years ago
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      Ouch_Ouch_Ouch

      My fingers and toes are tightly crossed that you have an easier time through treatment than some have had!!!

      about 5 years ago
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