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.
Very much. Staging is a means to help record cancer size, spread, depth of invasion, lymph node spread. Anal cancers usually have a somewhat unique cell type and are more often treated with radiation and chemotherapy rather than extensive surgery. The stage of a cancer helps the oncologist recommend the best treatment options for the individual person.

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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...
Anal ca treatment. Treatment for anal cancer consists of radiation and chemotherapy. This "recipe" has been curing patients for nearly thirty years! Read more...

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...
Depends on stage. The answer depends primarily on what treatments you had initially, and how advanced is the recurrence. Your oncology team (surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists) who know your specific situation best should consult with you to explain all of your options. Read more...

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

Yes. Nothing in life is 100%. Anal cancer is often treated successfully with chemotherapy and radiation. There remains some risk that the cancer can come back. Read more...
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...

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...
See Urologist. Erectile dysfunction after radiation therapy to the pelvis is unfortunately very common. It is believed that damage to the blood vessels that supply the nerves to the penis is the cause of this. There are a number of things that a urologist can do, both medical and surgical, that may help you out. Please ask your radiation doctor to refer you to a good urologist that specializes in ed. Read more...
ED after Anal Cancer. That is something to talk to your urologist about. There are several options that can be employed. Vaccuum assist devices, injections, or penile implants are all options, but give yourself some time to recover from your therapy before you worry too much. Read more...
Other meds, implants. Ed can have many causes, only some relieded with medication. Speak to a urologist with the full array of options from pumps to penile implants and injections, . Read more...

How is the staging of anal cancer determined?

TNM. Staging is based on physical examination, ct scans, etc.: we then use the TNM system to classify. In brief: tumor (t1 to T3 (liothyronine) based on increasing size, T4 is spread to adjacent stuctures, n: nodes (n0 - no nodal spread, n1 - around rectum, n2- groin, n3-multiple sites, m: metastases m0 - no, m1 yes. Stage i and ii have no nodal spread, stage iii is T4 or nodal spread, stage IV is metastatic. Read more...
Similar. To all colon cancers, it is based on pathology or tissue diagnosis, depth of penetration, differentiation, lymph node involvement and metastatic workup including ct scans and pet scans. But biopsy and or comp[lete excision is the first step and proper pathology evaluation is critical. Read more...

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...