Anal cancer

18mths recovery from chemo and radiotherapy.  Suffered radiation burns causing anal sphincter to be tight and very painful and faecal leakage. Underwent temporary stoma which  is difficult to manage. I've been given the chance of stoma reversal which I didn't expect.  I'm so worried about the sphincter being so tight and have fears of incontinence.  Already I have slight urinary incontinence

Any help is appreciated.  Thankyou


  • Hi Frayne,

    Welcome to Cancer Chat. I'm sorry to hear of your worries and I can understand your concerns. If you haven't already, be sure to discuss this with your doctor/specialist so that you can understand as well as possible what to potentially expect, and you can get any questions and concerns addressed.

    If you would like to talk things through with one of our nurses, you are welcome to post in the 'Ask the Nurses' section of this forum, or you can also call freephone 0808 800 4040 (Monday-Friday, 9-5).

    Otherwise, if others here have similar experience to share then hopefully you'll get some more replies soon.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Cancer Chat Moderator