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how is anal cancer treated?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Chemo + tradiation: Usually with a surgical biopsy followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In general, the prognosis is pretty good and surgery is used only for treatment failures.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Combination: Anal cancer should be treated with a combination of radiation, chemotherapy and, if needed, surgery. See the site below for more info about anal cancer. http://www.mayoclinic.org/anal-cancer/.

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