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what is anal cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Aggressive cancer : Anal cancer is an aggressive cancer of the anal area. It is not a common cancer. Risk factors include a history of anal warts, cigarette smoking, HIV infection and lowered immunity. In early stages it can be treated by surgery but often requires treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Cancer of the anus: Is usually a squamous type or arising from skin cells: totally different etiology/cause from colon and rectal cancer and managed differently than either of the latter.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is anal cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Exam and biopsy: Anal cancer is diagnosed primarilly by physical examination. Sometimes it requires anesthesia, but most of the time can be done in the office. Any suspicious areas need to be biopsied.
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Anal cancer and anal cancer precursors can also be diagnosed by anal cytology (exfoliative brushing of the anus / anal Pap test).
Jan 12, 2014
A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is recurrent anal cancer?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
It came back: Recurrent refers to a tumor that had gone away but then comes back.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who gets anal cancer?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
People w cert risks: There isn't one type of person who gets anal cancer. However, there are certain risk features that have been associated with a higher risk of possibly developing anal cancer. These include: having hpv infection, your number of lifetime sexual partners, genital warts, cigarette smoking, receptive anal intercourse, and having hiv.
United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A 41-year-old male asked:

Is anal cancer uncommon?

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Dr. Hashmat Rajput
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes, fairly rare: Anal cancer is rare and certainly less than colon and rectum. In usa about 7000 cases are reported yearly with 800- 900 deaths. The treatment is very effective.

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