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Rectal cancer is a relatively common disease in the United States. It affects about 40,000 people each year. Anal cancer is less common, but can be aggressive.
Your doctor may detect cancer during a routine examination or during a colonoscopy or other screening exam. Our rectal and anal cancer specialists are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all stages of rectal cancer and anal cancer.
Once we confirm a diagnosis, we create a treatment plan based on the stage of cancer. We use diagnostic and screening tests to evaluate tumors. Then we identify the most effective treatments with the least impact on your quality of life.
Our team treats rectal and anal cancer at any stage. We offer colorectal cancer screening, such as colonoscopy, to aid in diagnosis.
A doctor who suspects rectal or anal cancer may order one or more of the following:
When doctors diagnose rectal cancer, they identify the cancer’s stage. The stage is based on the size of the cancer and whether it has spread elsewhere in the body. Staging helps doctors choose the most effective treatment options for your condition.
Rectal cancer is classified into these stages:
The treatment options depend on the stage of your rectal cancer.
Anal cancer is classified into these stages:
Your doctor will base your treatment options on the stage of your anal cancer.
Our team is here to educate and support you before, during, and after anal cancer or rectal cancer treatment. We’ll prepare you for what to expect during recovery and connect you with others who understand what you’re going through.
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Please call 911 if you have an emergency or urgent medical question.
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