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Dr. David Stein
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Anal Cancer (Overview)

Anal cancer is a rare cancer that occurs in the anal canal, which is a short tube at the very end of the rectum where stool leaves the body. Common symptoms include rectal bleeding and anal pain.


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What sort of problem is anal cancer?

What sort of problem is anal cancer?

Potentially deadly: Cancer can occur in any organ. Cancer is unrestricted growth of cells which can spread by local extension, by blood or lymph. Cancers of this organ can be an effect of viral infection, e.g.Hpv (also associated with cervical and oral/throat cancer), other stds, or not. Area can be easily examined by primary md, gyn, gastro md, or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. David Stein
151 doctors shared insights

Anal Cancer (Overview)

Anal cancer is a rare cancer that occurs in the anal canal, which is a short tube at the very end of the rectum where stool leaves the body. Common symptoms include rectal bleeding and anal pain.


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How does anal cancer first show up, and how is it treated?

How does anal cancer first show up, and how is it treated?

Pain, mass, bleeding: Anal cancers may present in various ways as mentioned above. Once the diagnosis is established, it is important to determine the stage of disease, often with a ct/pet scan. There is a high rate of cure with combined chemotherapy and radiation, although sometimes surgical resection is still necessary. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Tip)

Managing Pain from Cancer

Don't suffer in silence. Tell your cancer doc about your pain level on every visit. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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Is anal leaking a common or rare symptom of anal cancer and how common is anal cancer in the us?

Is anal leaking a common or rare symptom of anal cancer and how common is anal cancer in the us?

Common or not.: Doesn't matter. Anal leaking can be a sign of anal cancer but there are many more causes of this sympotm. See your doctor and have this issue evaluated. Anal cancer can be cured but it needs to be found early. Remember farrah fawsett major. Tragic case for a curable disease. Learn from her. I don't know all her details, but her death can teach us a lesson. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

Occurs in men &: Women, associated with genital warts (condyloma and hpv), can cause painful bm's, bleeding, itching, difficulty sitting. Can cause groin nodes to enlarge. Needs to be assessed and biopsied; different from rectal cancer in cause, treatment and outlook. While associated with passive anal intercourse, most don't, but be prepared for the question. It's curable! ...Read more

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Being a Healthy Man (Tip)

Being a Healthy Man

Consider Finasteride to lower prostate cancer risk. It may only affect slow growing cancers. ...See more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Hi what are the signs of anal cancer?

Hi what are the signs of anal cancer?

Bleeding most common: About half of patients will have rectal bleeding as a first symptom. A third of patients will experience pain or a sense of a rectal mass. About 20 percent of patients will have no symptoms at all. Never assume one has hemorrhoids. Best to have it checked. ...Read more

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Should everyone get a second opinion for a diagnosis of anal cancer?

Should everyone get a second opinion for a diagnosis of anal cancer?

Yes: A second opinion can often be helpful, especially with uncommon cancers and in situations where there are different treatment options to consider. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more