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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you die from anal cancer?

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Dr. Nihal Abdulla
Hematology and Oncology 22 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. 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
Sep 6, 2013
Dr. Leonard Metildi
General Surgery 46 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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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is anal cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 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.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
What is recurrent anal cancer?
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 17 years experience
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?
Dr. Prashant Sinha
General Surgery 20 years experience
No single reason: The biggest risk factors are hpv infection that causes anal warts (condylomata) and HIV infection. Other factors include rare genetic mutations and ra... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
What does anal cancer look like?
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
A Verified Doctoranswered
Trauma Surgery 51 years experience
A Cauliflower: growing out of your anus
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A 47-year-old member asked:
What age can you get anus cancer?
Dr. David Jin
22 years experience
Thanks for asking!: The average age for people diagnosed with anal cancer is early 60s.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
What's new in anal cancer research?
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 24 years experience
Newer treatments: Nicely discussed in http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/analcancer/detailedguide/anal-cancer-new-research.
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