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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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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


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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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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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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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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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I have 2 possible symptoms of anal cancer but I don't bleed often/ could I have it?

I have 2 possible symptoms of anal cancer but I don't bleed often/ could I have it?

It's time to place a: Call to a medical GI physician or "proctologist" to let the experts decide how many "symptoms" and what signs (nodes) warrant endoscopic evaluation and whetehr biopsy should be done. Both men and women get this. It is not always related to sex. Do not fear, let them examine your rear! this can be fixed, don't wait. ...Read more

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Pain and stinging around anus. ..what's causing it? Anal cancer? Haven't ate anything spicy.

Pain and stinging around anus. ..what's causing it?  Anal cancer? Haven't ate anything spicy.

Cancer, unlikely: Such symptoms are not likely to be caused by cancer which in this area often causes rectal bleeding. I would suggest that your cleam your bottom with water after each bowel movement and dry is completely before you put on your underwear. if this does not help in 1-2 days, buy an over the counter cream like Zinc oxide and apply this twice daily for 3-5 days. if it does not help, go see your docto ...Read more

Dr. David Stein
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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


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