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Anal Cancer

Definition

Anal cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that occurs in the anal canal. The anal canal is a short tube at the end of your rectum through which stool leaves your body.

Treatments*

There are different types of treatment for patients with anal cancer. Three types of standard treatment are used: surgery (local resection, abdominoperineal resection), radiation therapy (external & internal), chemotherapy. New types of treatment are being tested in clinical trials, such as: radiosensitizers & immunotherapy.

Side Effects*

There could be changes in taste & smell, experiencing chemo brain, constipation and/or diarrhea. May have skin redness and sores in and around your anus.

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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