Skip to Content. Use the menu to see other pages. This section explains the types of treatments that are the standard of care for anal cancer. When making treatment plan decisions, you are encouraged to consider clinical trials as an option. A clinical trial is a research study that tests a new approach to treatment. Doctors want to learn whether the new treatment is safe, effective, and possibly better than the standard treatment.
Anal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version - National Cancer Institute
If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. Tania talks about her experience of living with anal cancer, how she felt after diagnosis and the difficulty she had finding other people who have had rare cancers. About our cancer information videos. There are different types of anal cancer. The most common type of anal cancer is squamous cell carcinoma.
The anus is the end of the large intestine , below the rectum , through which stool solid waste leaves the body. The anus is formed partly from the outer skin layers of the body and partly from the intestine. Two ring-like muscles, called sphincter muscles, open and close the anal opening and let stool pass out of the body.
Anal cancer is rare, but the number of new cases is rising. Of these, 5, will affect females, and 2, will affect males. The ACS expect around 1, people to die from anal cancer, including females and males. Anal cancer is rare before 35 years of age. The average age of diagnosis is when a person is in their early 60s.