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    Side Effects (Fatigue (tiredness)): the fatigue is ridiculous. And it's difficult to know if it's still fatigue caused by the long-term side effects of chemo and radiation or if it's fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. But what's most difficult is trying to find a doctor that can help you resolve this issue. It prevents me from functioning normally let alone trying to keep full-time job.

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    Side Effects (Chemo brain): I was an extremely detailed oriented individual prior to treatment and haven't been able to regain much clarity since the treatment. Now that I'm four plus years out it seems to be getting worse.

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    Side Effects (Bone thinning (osteoporosis)): Apparently the combination of chemo and radiatiion caused significant Bone thinning

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    Radiation (Radiation and chemotherapy together): Because once again at the sensitivity of the vaginal and rectal area the impact of the radiation was very severe. Basically it was when big burnt blister for nearly two months.

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      Pinkldreno....I completed chemo and radiation for anal cancer about 6 months ago. My cancer was stage 1. Even though I only had 2 rounds of chemo, it nearly killed me. I also had 27 radiation treatments. I did not have the surgery. At this time, my side effects are minimal...bowel habits are the worse....I'm curious as to what stage cancer you had and how many treatments. I also got sepsis after the final treatment...7 days in the hospital with blood transfusions and bone marrow shots, followed by 2 bouts of cdiff....Not a very pleasant experience! I wish you the best!

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy and radiation combined): The combination of chemo and radiation just after surgery was very difficult to deal with. It's such a very sensitive area in the pain was it x unbearable.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery through the anus to remove tumor): I was grateful the doctor was able to save the rectum, but the healing was long and slow and painful especially once the chemo and radiation treatment started. I still suffer from incontinence often.