Anal cancer, cancer located at the end of the large intestine, has symptoms that include anal or rectal bleeding, anal pain or pressure, anal discharge or itching, a change in bowel movements, and/or a lump in the anal region. Treatment for anal cancer may involve radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery and depends upon the stage of the cancer, its location, whether cancer is eradicated after the first treatment, and whether the patient has HIV. Read more: Anal Cancer Article
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Treatment & Diagnosis
- Colonoscopy (Test, Side Effects, Preparation, Recovery)
- Endoscopy (EGD) Procedure
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan)
- CT Scan (Computerized Tomography)
- Chest X-Ray
- Colon and Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Radiation Therapy
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- HPV Test
- Clinical Trials
- Screening Tests for Cancer
- Bowel Diversion Surgery: Ileostomy, Colostomy, Ileoanal Reservoir, and Continent Ileostomy
- Rectal Bleeding (Blood in Stool, Hematochezia)
- Rectal Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Stool Color & Texture Changes (Black, Red, Maroon, Green, Yellow, Gray, Tarry, Sticky)
- Anal Itching (Pruritus Ani)
- How to Choose a Doctor
- Doctor: Checklist to Take To Your Doctor's Appointment
- Fecal Incontinence
- Doctor: Getting the Most from Your Doctor's Appointment
Medications & Supplements
Prevention & Wellness
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