I have been reading posts in this forum and although I don't understand all of the terms, I do know some.
I am a 2 yr survivor of anal cancer and radiation/chemo treatment. When I was diagnosed with stage IIIb anal cancer and given a 60% chance of living, I was told the radical treatment was tough but the only way to beat the cancer.
My surgeon added that if this didn't work, he would have to do surgery and I'd live with a stoma bag.
My quality of life has decreased already because of radiation damage, so I am ready to just say 'no' to a bag.
This forum uses terms I don't understand, but it appears one can have colon or anal cancer and have a surgery which does not leave you with a bag.