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    Hi
    So sorry you ha e this to deal with. Exactly one year ago I was diagnosed with anal cancer stage 111B. It had traveled to a couple pelvic lymph nodes. I started chemo/ radiation the day after Christmas. Had Chemo run form 96 hours straight thru a port in my chest at the beginning of treatment and the end of treatment. Had 30 rounds of radiation. Finished up mid February. I have been in remission for 9 months. All my doctors said anal
    cancer was treatable and curable.
    I am 68 and tolerated the treatment pretty well. Did have one blood infusion. Everyone handles the treatments differently. Try not to read treatment side effects on the internet. I did and was scared silly. You can do this!! If you have any questions that I could answer please let me know.

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    Chemo for anal cancer?

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      mtnraindancer, I agree that we each need to be our own advocates and be responsible for our own care. I always research everything a doctor recommends whether it be medications or treatment just so I know what the possible side effects might be or risks involving a procedure.
      I found out yesterday during my first consult with the colo-rectal surgeon that I will have to do chemo-radiation first. Then, if that's not successful in removing the tumor and all cancer cells in that area, I will be having surgery which will leave me with a colostomy.

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      Not feeling very confident that I'll be able to avoid having surgery either.

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      @mtnrose know that you will remain in my prayers everynight. Also remember you can always get a second opinion most insurances pay for a second opinion. My first Dr. was routining me to hospice. I got a second opinion and I am still here fighting cancer 8 years later. I am signing off WhatNext for the next 2 weeks while I move to Olympia WA but I will be praying for you.

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