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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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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

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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

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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 185 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The impact of contour variation on tumour control probability in anal cancer.
 

Author(s): Michael P Jones, Jarad Martin, Kerwyn Foo, Patrick Estoesta, Lois Holloway, Michael Jameson

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While intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) has been widely adopted for the treatment of anal cancer (AC), the added contour complexity poses potential risks. This study investigates the impact of contour variation on tumour control probability (TCP) when using IMRT for AC.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The prognostic role of hemoglobin levels in patients undergoing concurrent chemo-radiation for anal cancer.
 

Author(s): Pierfrancesco Franco, Francesco Montagnani, Francesca Arcadipane, Chiara Casadei, Kalliopi Andrikou, Stefania Martini, Giuseppe Carlo Iorio, Mario Scartozzi, Massimiliano Mistrangelo, Lorenzo Fornaro, Paola Cassoni, Stefano Cascinu, Umberto Ricardi, Andrea Casadei Gardini

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Concurrent chemo-radiation (CT-RT) is a standard therapy for squamous cell carcinoma of anal canal. Different clinical and biological factors may potentially affect outcome. We investigated the prognostic role of baseline hemoglobin (Hb) in a cohort of anal cancer patients submitted ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Treatment outcomes and HPV characteristics for an institutional cohort of patients with anal cancer receiving concurrent chemotherapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy.
 

Author(s): Corey C Foster, Andrew Y Lee, Larissa V Furtado, John Hart, Lindsay Alpert, Shu-Yuan Xiao, Neil H Hyman, Manish R Sharma, Stanley Liauw

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Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) has been used to limit treatment-related toxicity for patients with anal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The treatment outcomes and HPV characteristics for a cohort of patients receiving definitive concurrent chemotherapy and IMRT are reported.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Anal cancer" returned 45 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Core outcome research measures in anal cancer (CORMAC): protocol for systematic review, qualitative interviews and Delphi survey to develop a core outcome set in anal cancer.
 

Author(s): Rebecca Fish, Caroline Sanders, Paula R Williamson, Andrew G Renehan

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The incidence of anal squamous cell carcinoma (ASCC) has increased threefold in the last 30 years. Initial treatment is chemoradiotherapy, associated with short-term and long-term side effects. Future therapy innovations aim to reduce morbidity in treatment of early tumours while ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Cancer of the Anal Canal: Diagnosis, Staging and Follow-Up with MRI.
 

Author(s): Carole Durot, Anthony Dohan, Mourad Boudiaf, Vincent Servois, Philippe Soyer, Christine Hoeffel

Journal: Korean J Radiol. ;18(6):946-956.

 

Although a rare disease, anal cancer is increasingly being diagnosed in patients with risk factors, mainly anal infection with the human papilloma virus. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with external phased-array coils is recommended as the imaging modality of choice to grade anal ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Nodal stage migration and prognosis in anal cancer: a systematic review, meta-regression, and simulation study.
 

Author(s): Hema Sekhar, Marcel Zwahlen, Sven Trelle, Lee Malcomson, Rohit Kochhar, Mark P Saunders, Matthew Sperrin, Marcel van Herk, David Sebag-Montefiore, Matthias Egger, Andrew G Renehan

Journal: Lancet Oncol.. 2017 10;18(10):1348-1359.

 

In patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the anus (SCCA), lymph node positivity (LNP) indicates poor prognosis for survival and is central to radiotherapy planning. Over the past three decades, LNP proportion has increased, mainly reflecting enhanced detection with newer imaging ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Pembrolizumab in Refractory Metastatic Anal Cancer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Anal Cancer

 

Last Updated: 7 Nov 2018

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Last Updated: 29 Mar 2018

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Shared Decision Making With Anal Cancer Patients on Radiation Dose
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Anal Cancer

 

Last Updated: 15 Nov 2017

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