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    LeeAnna wrote on angelapal01's wall

    Chin up, positive attitude, get ready to fight your fight. I finished active treatment 2 years ago and now working in Saudi Arabia....so get going; there are so many people on this site that can help you through, you are not alone

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    LeeAnna wrote on ww0808ww's wall

    I've read where people have survived active treatment of anal cancer and then diagnosed again. Is the general consensus that anal cancer is reoccurring?

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      ww0808ww

      I think some anal cancers are labeled recurrent, when in fact they are residual.

      I completed treatment at the end of March 2013, and PET scans in June and September 2013 showed continued improvement. There really was no cause for alarm.

      However, I was fortunate to have a surgeon that decided to do a sigmoidoscopy in October 2013 to take a closer look at the anal canal. She had virtually completed the exam, finding nothing. But as she was withdrawing the scope, she noticed a tiny area that was slightly raised - no color differentiation from the surrounding tissues, and not palpable digitally. She repeatedly assured me that she was certain it was nothing of concern, but that she wanted to biopsy the area.

      Result: positive for squamous cell anal cancer.

      I'm certain that mine was residual, rather than recurrent. And I'm sure there are many other similar cases.

      Face it: We don't have the benefit of all the means used to diagnose and monitor other cancers. Tumor markers, for example, have proven unreliable with anal cancer. Yet you can speak with breast, ovarian, uterine, pancreatic and lung cancer survivors - to just name a few - who refer to their "numbers" being great.

      over 2 years ago
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      LeeAnna

      i have my last 6 month exam in June, at which time if all ok, I go to annual exams.
      I am going to ask him about the Sigmoidoscoy, THANK YOU!

      over 2 years ago
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      ww0808ww

      LeeAnna - When were you diagnosed, and when did you complete treatmemnt?

      I think it says you were stage II. I assume you had the standard Nigro protocol?

      over 2 years ago
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    LeeAnna wrote on herpartner's wall

    Hi, my name is LeeAnna, I had stage 3 anal cancer. May 21, 2014 I will have made it 2 years after treatment. Yes, there is life after anal cancer. Most anal cancers are 100% curable - if you have to have cancer, I reckon this is the preferred one :( As Mary Ellen wrote, laughter is the absolute best medicine. If you do have to go to a hospital, make sure it caters to cancer patients. My temp got above 101 and I had to go in for 3 days, they were filling me with liquids, and of course radiation on anal cancer patients is at the place all this stuff has to come out. If you have access to a bidet it's a life saver. Don't skimp on the pain meds either, if you need it, take it. Stopping the morphine, in my case, was easy, very little withdrawls. Stay positive

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    LeeAnna wrote on lyblev's wall

    Hi lyblev, my PET scan was clear October, 2012. There are scars but Thank God I am not where I used to be. I'm glad to hear you too are cancer free. God's continued blessings

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    Oh No (Problem with doctor): The tumor extruding from area was gone after final radiation treatment. 3 weeks later the tumor appears. Medical oncologist never looked at my area during treatment so he did not know the tumor had disappeared. The radiation oncologist offered only the possibly that the tumor dropped from within to the outside area of infection. But it was a guess. I have selected a cancer treatment center to determine next stage of treatment - if there is a next stage.