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Hi all  im 57 I was diagnosed a few weeks ago after I found a lump in my anal area . I had a biopsy which has made the pain increase dramatically.. im having a pet scan on Tuesday and a stoma on Thursday. I was also told I need chemo and radiation. Has anyone else got similar diagnosis to me or is anyone at the other side of treatment.im in a lot of pain in my bottom and im hoping the stoma bag will be a good thing and not cause me more pain. I also have no acceptance that its me im talking about who has cancer I feel that I'm talking about someone else 

  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the Community but sorry to hear about your diagnoses.

    Navigating the cancer journey can be such a stressful and challenging time but getting support from people who have walked the ‘exact same' cancer journey can help a lot. (I have a completely different cancer).

    This New to Community area is like our reception desk where we look to try and direct you to the best part of the Community for you to get support. The Community is actually divided into dedicated Support Groups (Discussion Rooms) so can I recommend you join and post in some of our dedicated support group. These groups are safe places to talk to others with a similar diagnosis, treatment experience, to ask questions and get support.

    To connect in with our groups please click on the links below…….

    Anal cancer

    Bowel (colon and rectum) cancer

    Ileostomy, colostomy and stoma support 

    …… then once the group pages open click in the [Black - Click to Join - Banner] that appears at the bottom of the page and this will then confirm that you have joined the group.

    When you are ready……. you can introduce yourself by putting up your very own post by clicking [+ Create new post] or [ + ] in the top right of the group page.

    You can copy and paste the text from this post into your new post.

    You may find it helpful to call the Macmillan Support Line open 8am-8pm (timings may differ across services) 7 days a week on 0808 808 00 00. This service provides cancer information, practical information, emotional support, benefits/financial guidance or just a listening ear.

    We also have our Ask an Expert section but do allow 3 working days for a reply.

    Talking to people face to face can be very helpful so do check to see if you have any Local Macmillan Support in your area, do also check for a local Maggie's Centre as these folks are amazing and give support to all the family.

    Do get back to me if you need further help navigating the community.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

    It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela

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  • Thanks Mike I appreciate your support 

  • Hi  

    Ive been diagnosed with anal cancer, Ive had many scans and biopsies and have my first appointment with oncologist tomorrow… on the anal cancer chat there are people that have completed treatment and some like me just starting out on the journey its full of friendly people who can give advise and tips 

    hope this helps 

  • Thanks for your help