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Cancerous Tumors of the Anus or Rectum

By Frank Caliendo M.D. on January 30, 2016

A colorectal surgeon monitoring the progress of his cancer surgery on a screenAt Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York, our team of board-certified colorectal surgeons provides diagnostic testing and treatment for a comprehensive range of colorectal conditions, helping patients find relief from excruciating anal pain while restoring their health and improving their quality of life. We are especially proud to offer state-of-the-art care for people who are suffering from cancerous tumors of the anus or rectum at our Long Island, NY practice. Such treatment can be life-saving; however, time is truly of the essence, as it is when treating cancer of any kind.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described in this blog post, it is absolutely crucial that you schedule an appointment at Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York, or at a reputable colorectal surgery practice near you, as soon as possible. Cancerous tumors of the anus and rectum are most effectively treated in their earliest stages. If caught early enough, it may even be possible to remove tumors without the need for a colostomy.

We urge you to read the following information about cancerous tumors of the anus or rectum, and then contact our Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York today to schedule your initial consultation with one of our esteemed colorectal surgeons.

What Is an Anal Tumor?

The anus is the opening through which feces passes at the lower end of the intestines. It is connected to the rectum via a passage called the anal canal, which is lined by a substance called mucosa. The mucosa is where most anal tumors start to form.

Many anal tumors that we diagnose end up being benign; however, we often identify warts and other growths that are potentially pre-cancerous. The most common type of cancerous anal tumor, by far, is squamous cell carcinoma. This type of tumor originates in the anal canal.

What Are the Symptoms of Anal Cancer?

The symptoms of anal cancer include:

  • A lump or mass of skin at the anus
  • Anal pain or itching
  • Bleeding from the anus
  • A sustained increase or decrease in bowel movements
  • Discharge of pus or mucous from the anus
  • Narrow stools

What Is a Rectal Tumor?

The rectum comprises the last six inches of the colon, or the large intestine. The rectum is connected to the anus via the anal canal. Most rectal tumors are adenocarcinomas, meaning that they begin in the intestinal gland cells that line the inside of the rectum. These types of tumors are extremely aggressive and must be treated equally aggressively and in a very timely fashion.

What Are the Symptoms of Rectal Cancer?

The symptoms of rectal cancer include:

  • Rectal pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Gas pains
  • Changes in appetite and unintended weight loss
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • An inability to fully empty the bowels
  • Narrow stools
  • Bloody stools
  • Fatigue

Learn More about Cancerous Tumors of the Anus or Rectum

To learn more about cancerous tumors of the anus or rectum, please contact Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York today.

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