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What does anal cancer look like?

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Trauma Surgery 52 years experience
A Cauliflower: growing out of your anus
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Can you die from anal cancer?
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Unfortunately yes: Mostly the treatment that is mainly concurrent chemotherapy with combined radiation is the standard and achieves good responses; surgery then is used ... Read More
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Dr. Joshua Lawson
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Dr Abdulla is right. The chemoradiation regimen used is tough on patients, too. Here's a link with survival by stage: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/analcancer/overviewguide/anal-cancer-overview-survival-rates
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How is anal cancer diagnosed?
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Dr. Charles Sturgis
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Anal cancer and anal cancer precursors can also be diagnosed by anal cytology (exfoliative brushing of the anus / anal Pap test).
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What is rectal vs anal cancer?
Dr. Barry Rosen
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What is recurrent anal cancer?
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It came back: Recurrent refers to a tumor that had gone away but then comes back.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
How do you get an anal cancer?
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