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Is it possible for anal cancer to recur even after radiation therapy?

Is it possible for anal cancer to recur even after radiation therapy?

Yes: Anal cancer is treated with radiation and combined chemotherapy for stage 1 to3. Even the best stage cure is 90 percent not 100 percent. So patients are watched and if they recur locally they are salvaged by surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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After radiation therapy for anal cancer, I am having ED problems. Is there any therapies that can be done for ed. Viagra (sildenafil) ect do not help.?

After radiation therapy for anal cancer, I am having ED problems. Is there any therapies that can be done for ed. Viagra (sildenafil) ect do not help.?

Options: There are many treatments available for erectile dysfunction. Oral medications (called pde-5 inhibitors) are first line therapy. If those fail (and some men respond to different oral meds so trying others is not a bad idea), the next line of therapies include vacuum erection devices, urethral suppository, injection therapy. Lastly, implantation of penile prosthesis is recommended for some men. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have anal sex after having radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

Is it dangerous to have anal sex after having radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

No: The rectum is somewhat irritated during and shortly after radiation, so use of lubrication and common sense is recommended. If it hearts and is too irritated avoid till symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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What happens if you miss a daily radiation treattment for anal cancer?

What happens if you miss a daily radiation treattment for anal cancer?

Not much!: This should really not be a problem. It happens quite frequently. ...Read more

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My poop come out like ribbons what can be done about it. it happen when i had readiation for my anal cancer few years ago?

See Surgeon or GI: This could be related to the radiation you received which can cause a stricture in the anus. This can be treated with dilation but needs to be evaluated by a surgeon or GI doc. You also need to be checked for other causes such as a recurrence of the cancer. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for anal cancer?

What is the treatment for anal cancer?

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 more

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How does staging affect the treatment of anal cancer?

How does staging affect the treatment of anal cancer?

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 more

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What are the treatment options for recurrent anal cancer?

What are the treatment options for recurrent anal cancer?

Multiple...: Various combinations of chemotherapy; surgical options including resection(removal) and the list goes on. Please speak with your physician to navigate your way through this complex diagnosis! ...Read more

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Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Yes: No matter what treatment, cancer of the breast does not have 100 % results. So with lumpectomy and radiation cancer can still recurr. This is why patients need to follow with all their doctors for exams and x-rays. If there is a recurrence other options exist such as mastectomy. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy mutate one form of cancer into a more aggressive form?

Can radiation therapy mutate one form of cancer into a more aggressive form?

Yes: In the way you asked the question it can. It depends on the dose. Low dose exposures can allow cells to survive and this could happen. In the treatment with radiation the cancer is treated to levels that are designed to kill the cells and therefore mutation to more aggression is not likely. There are many resistance cancers however and it is more likely the cancer is already aggressive. ...Read more

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This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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Anal Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more