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Anal Cancer Chemotherapy
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I am pleased to say I have been cleared of anal cancer,my question is could it return in the near future ?
No: Anal cancer is a separate and distinct lesion of the distal colon arising as a squamous cell malignancy. Rather than immediate resection requiring colostomy, the approach is radiation and chemotherapy. If biopsy is negative after treatment the chance is that the tumor will not recurr but should be followed ...Read more
Unfortunately: Metastatic disease (also known as stage 4) is usually not curable by todays treatments. Although use of chemotherapy may improve survival and may rarely put someone into a temporary remission the disease usually returns or more often does not go away and eventually progresses and the patient will eventually succumb to it. ...Read more
Location: Location, type of cell and type of treatments are all different. Anal cancer is located in or around the skin of the anus and is usually squamous cell. Treatment is often chemo and radiation. Colon cancer is actually in the bowel and is an adenocarcinoma. Surgery is usually the first approach. Chemotherapy for colorectal cancers is different than for anal cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Selection and target: Anal cancers usually are local or regional problems (nodes), but sometimes present with evidence of distal spread. I know of no cures if spread, but many with regional (inguinal) nodes. Special targeting and avoidance of healthy bowel can be improved with very fancy treatment plans (imrt). When treatment works (most of the time), its great, when it doesn't outcome is not so good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chemo and radiation: First - anal cancer is different from rectal cancer - this answer is for anal cancer. Most anal cancers are treated with chemotherapy and radiation. This works in most cases. Surgery is reserved for those patients who do not respond to chemo/rad (unusual) and for recurrences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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