Jacques wrote:NHMike wrote:... I've had consults with the local oncologist, local radiologist, Dana Farber oncologist, Dana Farber radiologist and B&W Surgeon. So I'm more or less prepared to start... I have had the tumor prolapse from time to time and there's often a lot of blood when this happens. This morning, though, it prolapsed and wouldn't go back in and was bleeding a lot...I am also eager to get the Radiology prep work done. They put two small tattoos on you to set alignment points for the radiation machine.
It looks like you will be starting your chemo/radiation sessions soon. I was wondering if your local radiation oncologist has commented on possible difficulties with administering radiation to a tumor that may prolapse during the radiation session. Normally, during an IMRT / IGRT radiation session they need for the tumor to remain immobile so that the radiation can be aimed properly. Does their equipment have the capability to follow a prolapsing tumor if it starts moving aound during the radiation session?
I doubt that the equipment can do this and the radiation would likely affect the anal canal which isn't the target. I don't really think that it's going to move around during the treatments though. It took a lot of effort for it to come out and hasn't come out since [which somewhat worries me].