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can you die from anal cancer?

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Dr. Nihal Abdulla
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Unfortunately yes: Mostly the treatment that is mainly concurrent chemotherapy with combined radiation is the standard and achieves good responses; surgery then is used only if recurrence occurs; however if advanced or has spread to other locations like lung or liver then the treatment is mostly palliative (control symptoms and extend life).
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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
Sep 6, 2013
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Anal cancer is either squamous cell cancer or cloacogenic cancer and is treated by chemo/radiation after a biopsy establishes the diagnosis. Early on it is very treatable. If you have any suspicion this is what you have, you need to be seen promptly by your physician.

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I have a small hemeroid on the inner part of my anus. It does not itch or hurt. I noticed while wiping. Is there any suggestions to a fix?

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Is provenge (sipuleucel-t) the leading treatment of prostate cancer?

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Blood out of the mouth mean you have cancer?

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