Thanks for the welcome 73monte!
Here's a little background to my story. End of summer I went to my Gastro doc complaining. Based on my symptoms and explaining that I had what looked like a boil near the outside of my anus, he suspected abscess and prescribed antibiotics, no digital exam done by him. Went back to same doc in the fall, complaining that it still hurt back there and was getting uncomfortable to sit. Although I couldn't see anything coming out from what was there, he suspected abscess again and prescribed more antibiotics. Took this for two weeks with zero results. Called his office back but unfortunately he had just began a two week holiday, I was asked to see my family doc. Went to family doc, explained situation. Family doc did do a visual exam, but no digital. My main complaint at that time was that it was so uncomfortable to sit and felt pain stabbing from left buttcheek. My family doc thought perhaps Ischial Bursitis and prescribed some anti-inflammatories safe for my gut. Took these for about two weeks, limited relief. I then had another appointment with Gastro doc( he was back from holidays). Told him of my family docs possible diagnosis. He ordered tests for December. A colonoscopy and two MRIs. Had these, went to see family doc just for routine check up. He had the results of all my tests in his file for me. He told me they found a fistula on the last MRI done. He said I may need surgery and sent a request for me to a local surgeon. Marked it urgent. Surgeon cane back with a date in May to see me for consult. That wasn't good enough for me or my family doc. He contacted a second surgeon and she got me in to see her on Feb.6th, leaving that appointment I was scheduled for an OR Exploration with her that Friday the 9th. It was then she found the mass. She said as soon as I was out, she did a digital exam, and voila, mass. She then scoped what she could trying to gently go past the mass that was in my anal canal very near the anus on the left hand side. She took a couple biopsies. She called me into her office on Feb 15th to give me the news that the biopsies came back squamous cell carcinoma. I am on high doses of morphine and lyrica among others to help combat the great discomfort. Now I am about to begin my chemo-radiation. Duration should be about 6-8 weeks. Chemo and radiation at the same time. So far they have staged my cancer at least a 2 as it seems to be just in that spot, need to have a PET scan( not sure if I spelled correctly, but that's what it sounds like). Although this type of cancer is rare, only 10% of people get it, the success rate is high at about 80%. Remicade, which I was on, seems to be main culprit for this type of cancer.