Cancer of the anus is a rare form of cancer that begins in the cells around (or just inside) the anal opening, or inside the lining of the anal canal. Symptoms of anal cancer include: rectal bleeding; a lump or mass at the anal opening; persistent pain or itching in the anal region; change in frequency of bowel movements; narrowing of stools; discharge or draining from the anus; and swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the anal or groin region. In general, treatment for anal cancer is very effective in curing the cancer, and early detection is linked to high survival rates. Treatment for cancer of the anus typically involves a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and (when necessary) a surgical operation to excise the cancerous cells.
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At Pinnacle Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Dr. Ann L. Kalhorn and Dr. Eugene M. Kim are well respected board certified colon and rectal surgeons. They have received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions pertaining to the colon, rectum and anus. We work collaboratively with you to ease painful symptoms and ensure the safe and successful resolution of your colorectal issues. If you would like additional information about treatment, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Kalhorn or Dr. Kim.