We offer advanced anal cancer treatment. Anal cancer is a very rare form of cancer, with about 6,000 cases per year. It is a difficult condition to treat because it is often diagnosed late. Anal cancer typically arises from the human papillomavirus.
Thankfully, anal cancer is a rare form of cancer, but it is something that we do see here at CRSSNY quite a bit. There are about 6,000 cases every year. That's compared to 150,000 of colorectal cancer. Anal cancer is somewhat difficult to treat, because patients often present after they've had symptoms for quite sometime. Again we tend to blame hemorrhoids for many conditions around the anus, but it is important that if one has any type of anal/rectal discomfort that you go get checked.
So anal cancer typically arises from the human papillomavirus. The virus tends to replicate, can grow into a growth, and subsequently into a cancer that can then spread throughout the body. The good news about anal cancer is that it can be treated most often without surgery. It is treated most commonly through a combination of chemotherapy and radiation and the tumor completely goes away. It is only about 10% of the time that we have to operate on a patient with anal canal cancer.
If you are diagnosed with anal canal cancer, seeing a colorectal surgeon is imperative. We use sophisticated ultrasounds and devices to try to get a better look at the growth which will help us guide your treatment plan. In the hands of competent colorectal surgeons like here at CRSSNY, the chance of acquiring a colostomy bag or requiring surgery for this condition is minimized.