What Anal Cancer Survivors said about their Cancer Symptoms.
Blood in stool, itching at anus
Lower back pain Vaginal pressure Low energy
Rectal bleeding, pressure, bloating and changes in bowel habits.
constipation and bloating two years prior then shortly before diagnoised itching, pressure.
I had rectal bleeding for 2 months and was told by a doctor it was hemmorhoids but that if it didn't stop in a month, to get a colonoscopy. She was a great doctor. Saved me because there is no spreading to any lymph nodes
Janury 3, 2005 - discovered an anal fissure while on vacation; went to clinic and was advised to put PrepH on it and check back with my doctor if it did not help. Fissure would not heal since that time and finally a biopsy was performed in 2009.
Not a one. No symptoms.
Very occasional Bleeding...thought was hemmorrhold.
rectal bleeding and pain.
Rectal pain and bleeding. Thought tumor was a hemorhoid.
none. Hemorrhoid and an abscess that formed 2 days prior to hemorrhoidectomy
bright red blook on the toilet tissue several times over one month's time
Thought I had hemarhoids. Rectal pain and bleeding.
* Summer 2003: basic hemorrhoids * Dec 2008: colonoscopy clear but GP booked me to see 'roid specialist Jul 29/09 since they were growing (internally and externally) * Feb/Mar/09: increased bleeding, metallic smell; fecal leaking; itching, burning; pressure on anus * Requested first possible cancellation (earlier than Jul 29) with specialist
March 2009 -Constipation Stinging needle feeling By June was on laxatives to have a BM
My symptoms came on fast, and resembled hemorrhoids--rectal bleeding and pain. Except, neither would go away with the use of over-the-counter remeies.
bleeding, pain and lump in groin area
Severe constipation, testicular pain, and severe discomfort in my backside, like a football inserted sideways, light headedness.
pain, bleeding, burning, stinging, lump, weight loss
bleeding, thought it was a 'roid.
occasional rectal bleeding
I thought I had hemorrhoids, internal and external. Had pain and bleeding. Went to my GP back in Feb for a pap and asked her to take a look- She said that it looked sore and gave me a surgeons name and she did not indicate that she thought it could be something more serious. As I did not want to have hemorrhoid surgery, I put off seeing the surgeon until Nov as I could no longer stand the pain. As soon as he took a look he knew it was cancer.
In October of 2008, I started having fatigue symptoms and my legs were aching all the time, just to the outside of my shins. I felt full and had a lot of flatuence. My GP did bloodtests and discovered I was very low in the B6 vitamin. When questioned, he said that it was not a symptom (to his knowledge) of anything, although I did read it could have relavancy to cancer diagnosis later. I told him after taking supplements, that I still was not well and asked for a colonoscopy because I had had previous ones and they had removed polyps and told me I should have them once every 3 years, but then when I saw another doctor, she told me not to come back for 5 years, which would have been in 2009. He refused to let me have one. In March I saw the doctor again about irritation in my anal area and he said it was hemorroids. In April 2009, I did my own DRE and felt the lump was quite a bit bigger, then remembered what had happened the previous July. I went to the doctor, my own GP wasn't there, but I saw his colleague who told me it was most likely hemorroids and I insisted he set me up for a colonoscopy. When I called back a week later, they said they had not heard back from the specialist. I called the specialist's office who told me that they had not received the request. Fearful of the competancy of my GP's office, I went to a Walk In Clinic in a nearby town. The doctor was an older man, retired but volunteering his time at the clinic, he did a DRE, clearly told me I had a tumor and had me in to see a doctor in less than three days.... oh the difference between older humbled doctors and arrogant younger doctors who treat you like you are a hypocondriac! In the long run, I take responsibility for having not acted sooner on my own instincts, and I also feel the doctor who 'was' my GP at the time, needs to take responsibility for being so intent on keeping my records up to date and typing into the computer, that he didn't even listen to my symptoms... I recently was in the emerg for another reason and overheard a patient that was registering for care say "I do not want Dr "so and so", if I have to have him, I will leave and go to another hospital." Sometimes we are put in a place for a reason, if only to validate our experience with another. Oh, I had Mitomycin and 5FU - just wondering why that is not listed under Chemotherapy?
abdomen bloating, rectal bleeding tiredness, headaches
Bleeding..to long..I should have done something a year or so ago.!
I thought I had the worst hemorrhoid in America--popping out like a Jack-in-the-box, along with some bleeding.
Occasional blood in my stool.
Slight bleeding and dull pain in butt cheek.
Rectal bleeding. plevic pressure
anal pain, bleeding, dishcarge
bleeding and bloody stools.
Rash, uncontrollable bowels
Blood in my stool twice approx 6 weeks before going to be checked out.
No symptoms from the actual tumor. I had an anal abcess due to the tumor that caused abnormal bowel movements, pressure, and severe pain. I went to the doctor thinking I had hemorrhoids.
Blood in stool, uncomfortable sitting
felt pressure thought I had hemmoroids
Blood in stool. Thats it!
Doctor and I thought my symptoms were IBS and/or hemorrhoid related. Change in frequency of bowel movements, pressure in the rectum, blood sometimes.
Without giving TMI lets just say being gay you can tend to "find" these things...lol!
Dx as a hemorrhoid for 8+ years
Occasional blood with bowel movements.
One big ole very leaky external tumor between my butt cheeks.
Occasional bleeding from what I thought was hemorrhoid.
Massive blood discharge followed by smaller discharges, Diaheara, discomfort and a long ago battle with anal HPV
Itchy growth near anus and large condylomas
burning, stinging, throbbing
I had what I thought was a hemorrhoid, anal itching, bleeding and changes in my bowels movements.
Small lump inside anus detected by me. No other symptoms at all; so strange to feel great and suddenly hear "you have cancer."
Recently small lump small truly bug bite small. had earlier surgery due to light bleeding, scraping feel with bowel movement
a nagging hemorrhoid with slight blood after getting food poisoning in Las Vegas...the doctors say, "the luckiest hemorrhoid I could ever get"...well not so sure about that but lucky to have caught it early
Just a small bump on the anus, and pelvic lymph gland soreness.
hemorrhoid like symptoms - change in bowel movements, blood from rectal area
rectal pains, pressure, rectal bleeding
Presumed hemorrhoid pain and bleeding for several months
A "skin tag" on my anal area. My OB Gyn found it. Lethargic, tons of itching.
occassional rectal bleeding, constipation, lump
none. I still think the bleeding was from hemorrhoids since the tumor was so small. Occult blood tests always came up negative when I was complaining of bleeding, so we thought it was just hemorrhoids. Tumor discovered by Digital Exam during physical.
Bleeding during bowel movements. Change in bowel habits and digestive problems. I detected the lump myself.
none found tumor by colonoscopy
Lump, thought to be hemmorroid. Was very painful.
bleeding, hard internal lump.
lower back pain, bleeding from rectum, problems using the restroom
Bleeding and changes in bowel movements x 6 wks and difficulty sitting x 1 week
no symptoms just a little blood on one day I was a bit constipated thought I had a hemmhoroid
13 wks after giving birth to our second child, my daughter, I noticed blood in my stool. JUST ONCE. I almost did not go to the specialist thinking it was post-pregnancy related (i suffered hemorrhoids during pregnancy)...I mean, who really wants to go to a doctor to have their rectum looked at?? My husband actually talked me into it. I thank God that I did.
Have experienced bright red blood from time to time with no other symptoms. After talking to doctor, I dismissed this as nothing to worry about. About one year ago I discovered a small bump inside my anus. Doctor thought it was a hemorrhoid and prescribed suppositories and fiber supplement. At this point I had experienced no pain, just occasional bright red blood. As time went on, the bump became larger and harder. Then, I experienced itching and soreness after bowel movements. Thanks to "Dr. google", I decided that my hemorrhoid had thrombosed (clotted). I returned to my doctor, endured a painful exam and she referred me to a surgeon (still thinking it was a hemorrhoid and that I probably needed hemorrhoidectomy). Upon examination, the surgeon told me it felt a little harder than a hemorrhoid should be and he wanted to biopsy it while I was under anesthesia. The biopsy showed "invasive non-keratinizing sqamous cell carcinoma, moderate to poorly differentiated. No lymphovascular invasion identifed.
Chronological order: Blood-tinged drainage for months, then heavy bleeding with BMs-which I "hoped", for months, would go away. A hard skin tag, change in stool appearance, increased difficulty defecating. PAIN!
Bleeding and the thought I only had a hemorrhoid
I had been experiencing problems for months and the doctor I was going to just basically blew me off. I told the doctor I was bleeding profusely, I was having pain, and I it felt like there was a mass in my ass! He performed a colonoscopy and he said everthing looked fine but I did have some non-bleeding internal hemorrhoids. I was not happy with the findings because I was bleeding and the pain was getting worse. He then had me swallow a camera and came to the same conclusion that I was fine. I called back and told them everything was not fine. The bleeding was getting worse and the pain was also increasing. They finally sent me to a colon rectal surgeon, who after five minutes of meeting me, did a digital exam and told me he was pretty sure I had anal cancer!
Originally 2 small hard lumps on the verge of the anus - itchy No blood, no constipation, no pain. Left for 1 year by medical profession. Since biopsy have grown and bleed and hurt. Inguinal lymph node swollen
Thought it was hemorrhoids, started small and kept getting bigger, tried the herbal and otc stuff, still kept getting bigger, very little bleeding, pain as it got bigger. When i finally seen the doc (4/15/11) She said right off 'this not a hemroid'. She did a biopsy.
Rectal bleeding (alot), narrow stools, cramping, stomach virus symptoms
A big, uncomfortable lump that I ignored for too long
What is NED? Anal Tumor mid to extreme pain, fatique, losing memory, focus, energy. I still work two days ( graveyard shift at a Senior Living Resort in Dana Point. ( Watermark / Sunrise )
Hard lump near anus; Bleeding (with and without bowel movements); change in bowel habits; thin stools; rectal pressure; lower back pain (from tumor pressing on tailbone)
No symptoms. Had a colonoscopy in June 2009 that was negative. Found a lump at the base of my spine in eary Decembeer 2009. Unfortunately the tumor grew outside my rectum/colon I the space between the tailbone and rectum area. I did not feel it until it was approx. 5cm and had spread to my liver.
Hemorrhoids- went to OB/GYN in Feb complaining of hemorrhoids. Then again in April with pressure she said hemorrhoids. Knew something was wrong so self scheduled with colo rectal doctor.
Hemorrhoids like symptoms, a bleeding anal fissure, feeling of pressure.
Three days of fresh dark blood
Blood in stool
None prior to abscess in Lymph-node.
None. Discovered after abnormal pap led to Gynecologist who tested for blood in stool as part of initial exam and referred to GI who did colonoscopy.
Rectal bleeding, black tar stool, and constipation.
I did'nt have much symptoms exact I was itching back there and I felt this slump that seemed to be getting bigger I thought it was a hemmroid since I had dealt with them as a child but after the biopsy I was shocked when they said it was cancer from that point all I could hear was cancer nothing else registered at all I was simply numb.
Hemmroid type symptoms, itching, mild bleeding
bleeding, lump, protrusion from anus, extreme itching, pain. Thought it was a hemmoroid
Growth inside anus. Ignored until tag started growing on outside.
Pain at tumor site, bleeding, fullness in rectum, urgency
hemorrhoids, bleeding with bowel movements.
Slight bleeding for about 5 months. Thought it was a hemorrhoid.
Mild rectal bleeding that I thought was my colitis. Had the routine colonoscopy 12/7 when md found a "flat" polyp.
Anal cancer-- saw small mucous with a little blood in it in toilet no other symptoms
trouble going to the bathroom, blood, pressure. difficulty when sitting, uncomfortable.
Some bleeding, thought I had a hemmoroid.
Had bowel changes and shortly after blood in the stool.
same as everyone else's
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