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.
Depends. I always encourage a second opinion if my patients are apprehensive as to the treatment protocol I have recommended. If you feel your doctor has a good reputation and you trust him and are comfortable with his advice there is no need for a second opinion. Your peace of mind is what is most important.

Related Questions

Do a lot of people get anal cancer?

Not very common. This is not very common- more than 6000 people get it every year in the entire United States. People at higher risk are the elderly, those with compromised immunity, viral infections such as hpv and hiv, cigarette smokers, and people with anal infections and fistulas too. Read more...
Rare. Treatable with chemo and radiation. High cure rate. Read more...

How horrible iching can get in anal cancer?

Do you have the prob. Itching is not a major complaint in those who have a diagnosis of Anal cancer. Please ask the question more clearly if you have either Itching or a diagnosis of Anal Cancer. Read more...

Is it possible for teens / pre teens to get anal cancer?

Takes years . You can, at any age, acquire the hpv strain that will eventually become an anal cancer. This can happen with one's first sexual exposure to the virus, or be prevented if you have received the vaccine series & completed it at least a month prior to exposure. The tissue changes that are triggered by the virus & become cancer take years & the likelihood of diagnosis in the teen years is remote. Read more...

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is anal cancer and how do you get it?

Usually squamous. Starts as a bump or ulcer. The known risk factor is unprotected receptive anal intercourse, and it's related to hpv as is cervical cancer. It's under intensive study right now, and folks who do this sort of thing can get a screening like a woman's cervical pap smear. Read more...

What type of docs check for anal cancer where they get lube and swab their finger in peoples anal?

Most can. A rectal exam usually looks for trace blood (before stools looks red), which is usually from colon cancers. Can also check for internal hemorrhoids. Any primary care (gyn included) or surgical provider can do this test. Psych / opthalmology...Not so much. Read more...
Primary, gyn, gi. If you are concerned about a mass in the anus them your primary care doctor or gyn can evaluate to determine of this is a true rumor or hemorrhoids. Male patients are evaluated after 40-50yo for prostate nodules with a digital rectal exam. If suspected a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon will need to evaluate the mass for biopsy and pathologic evaluation. Read more...