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Back ache

just 1
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 Just been diagnosed with anal cancer waiting to have a CT scan tomorrow I have a really bad backache left-hand lower back really sore what is it  i’m worried the cancer has spread to my my liver and my overthink it .

thank you 


Lorraine - Macmillan

Hi just1,

Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to the online community.

It’s natural to be worried when you have just been diagnosed and have pain. As nurses we can’t diagnose where the pain is coming from.

We would advise calling NHS111 today if you are finding the pain is increasing or you are more uncomfortable. Otherwise, if you have the pain under control with painkillers then give your hospital team a call tomorrow and let them know.

Waiting for test results can leave you feeling in limbo with lots of mixed emotions. It’s common to fear that the anal cancer is spreading. As once you know the cancer is there then it’s human nature to want treatment started quickly.

Once your team have all your test results then the multidisciplinary team will plan the best treatment for you.

Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone. If you want to speak to one of the nurses then just give us a call on the Macmillan Support Line.


Best wishes and take care

Lorraine-Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist