Anal cancer

Common Name(s)

Anal cancer

Anal Cancer is a type of cancer that affects the anal canal. Cancer is uncontrolled cell growth due to genetic changes. Cancer cells can invade surrounding tissues. The anus is a passage that connects the rectum, the end of the large intestines, to the outside part of the body. Symptoms include anal/rectal bleeding, lumps around the anal opening, recurring anal pain, anal itching, change in bowel habits, narrowing of the stools, anal discharge, and swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the anal or groin areas. Twenty percent (20%) of anal cancer cases show no symptoms. Although anal cancer most commonly affects individuals over the age 55, it is possible for anal cancer to occur at younger ages. People who are diagnosed with HPV (see also human papilloma virus) have an increased risk of developing this cancer. Other risk factors include unprotected sex, anal sex, smoking, weakened immune systems, open anal wounds, and pelvic radiation. Treatment of anal cancers includes surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, all which are very effective in curing the cancer. Diagnosis is usually done through an anal canal examination, stool tests, or colonoscopies, and can usually be found during a yearly physical check-up. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with anal cancer, talk with your doctor to learn about the most up to date treatment options.

Source: Advocacy organizations associated with the condition.

 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Anal cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

View Details
Cancer Hope Network

To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, we strive to instill hope and to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

View Details
Stupid Cancer

Founded by and for young adult survivors, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i[2]y), is the nation's leading grassroots advocate for the next generation of cancer survivors and their caregivers in their late teens, 20s and 30s. A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website, we have helped bring the cause of 'young adult cancer' to the national spotlight and rallied a brand new generation of activists to give voice to our forgotten population. Our mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer.

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2012

View Details

 

General Support Organizations

Not finding the support you need? Show General Support Organizations

 
 
Top

How do you compare to others with this condition?

Privately answer questions about your health. Let resources, you select, come to you.

Anonymously share and see how your answers compare with others with this condition while privately providing key pieces of information to medical researchers, disease advocacy groups, and others ONLY YOU select to help speed up cures and better alternatives.

 
 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Anal cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

http://www.4thangel.org

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

View Details
Cancer Hope Network

To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, we strive to instill hope and to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

http://www.CancerHopeNetwork.org

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

View Details
Stupid Cancer

Founded by and for young adult survivors, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i[2]y), is the nation's leading grassroots advocate for the next generation of cancer survivors and their caregivers in their late teens, 20s and 30s. A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website, we have helped bring the cause of 'young adult cancer' to the national spotlight and rallied a brand new generation of activists to give voice to our forgotten population. Our mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer.

http://stupidcancer.org

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2012

View Details

 

General Support Organizations

Not finding the support you need? Show General Support Organizations

 
 
 
 
Top

Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Anal cancer" returned 159 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Rectal bleeding and prolapse… not always benign diseases rather anal cancer. The importance of a correct decision making since primary care.
 

Author(s): G Cocorullo, R Tutino, N Falco, T Fontana, G Salamone, L Licari, G Gulotta

Journal: G Chir. ;37(3):133-135.

 

Rectal bleeding is very common in general population with a prevalence of 10-20 %. Primary care physicians have to stratify patients basing on urgency and on the colo-rectal cancer risk and to conduct a decision making for the correct management. We report a case of a 61-years-old ...

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2016

Go To URL
Outcomes of abdominoperineal resection for management of anal cancer in HIV-positive patients: a national case review.
 

Author(s): Ira L Leeds, Hasan Alturki, Joseph K Canner, Eric B Schneider, Jonathan E Efron, Elizabeth C Wick, Susan L Gearhart, Bashar Safar, Sandy H Fang

Journal:

 

The incidence of anal cancer in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive individuals is increasing, and how co-infection affects outcomes is not fully understood. This study sought to describe the current outcome disparities between anal cancer patients with and without HIV undergoing ...

Last Updated: 6 Aug 2016

Go To URL
Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis for Peutz-Jeghers syndrome with synchronous rectal cancer.
 

Author(s): Min-Er Zhong, Bei-Zhan Niu, Wu-Yang Ji, Bin Wu

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2016 Jun;22(22):5293-6.

 

We report on a patient diagnosed with Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) with synchronous rectal cancer who was treated with laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA). PJS is an autosomal dominant syndrome characterized by multiple hamartomatous polyps ...

Last Updated: 14 Jun 2016

Go To URL

Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Anal cancer" returned 40 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Biomarkers in anal cancer: from biological understanding to stratified treatment.
 

Author(s): Christopher M Jones, Vicky Goh, David Sebag-Montefiore, Duncan C Gilbert

Journal: Br. J. Cancer. 2017 Jan;116(2):156-162.

 

Squamous cell carcinomas of the anus and anal canal represent a model of a cancer and perhaps the first where level 1 evidence supported primary chemoradiotherapy (CRT) in treating locoregional disease with curative intent. The majority of tumours are associated with infection with ...

Last Updated: 6 Dec 2016

Go To URL
The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Current Perspective and Future Role in Prevention and Treatment of Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia and Anal Cancer.
 

Author(s): Felix A Mensah, Mudresh R Mehta, James S Lewis, A Craig Lockhart

Journal: Oncologist. 2016 Apr;21(4):453-60.

 

The incidences of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related anal cancer and its precursor lesion, anal intraepithelial neoplasia, are rising in the U.S. and globally. Five-year survival rates with current modalities of treatment for anal cancer are generally favorable for localized and regional ...

Last Updated: 19 Jul 2016

Go To URL
Screening to prevent anal cancer: Current thinking and future directions.
 

Author(s): Joel M Palefsky

Journal: Cancer Cytopathol. 2015 Sep;123(9):509-10.

 

Last Updated: 17 Sep 2015

Go To URL
 
 
Top

Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Pembrolizumab in Refractory Metastatic Anal Cancer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Anal Cancer

 

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2016

Go to URL
Shared Decision Making With Anal Cancer Patients on Radiation Dose
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Anal Cancer

 

Last Updated: 14 Dec 2016

Go to URL
Anal Cancer Radiotherapy Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Anal Cancer

 

Last Updated: 4 Sep 2013

Go to URL