Cancer Care

Leading-edge treatment for anal cancer

Anal cancer is a type of gastrointestinal cancer that starts in the lining of the anus or anal canal. The anus includes the opening end of the digestive tract through which feces pass out of the body, while the anal canal connects the anus to the large intestine. Compared to other colorectal cancers, it’s a rare disease that affects about 8,200 people each year in the U.S.

As the first comprehensive cancer center in northern Indiana, Goshen Center for Cancer Care provides complete support for anal cancer in Goshen and Warsaw, IN. With a unique, integrative approach and diverse treatment options, we strive to ensure your survival and best quality of life.

Want to learn more about the cancers we treat or get a second opinion? Call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to speak with one of our oncology information specialists.

Anal cancer symptoms and causes

Minor bleeding is often one of the first symptoms of anal cancer.

As the cancer grows, symptoms may appear as:

  • Discharge from the anus
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Feeling of fullness or pressure in the anal region
  • Lump, mass or swelling in or around the anus
  • Itching or pain
  • Narrowing of stool diameter

Hemorrhoids, anal warts and other noncancerous conditions can cause these symptoms. For the best outcome, tell your primary care provider about any troubling symptoms.

Most cases of anal cancer result from the HPV infection. Other proven risk factors include:

  • HIV
  • Anal fistulas (abnormal openings) or frequent irritation
  • Smoking
  • Age 50 and older
  • Multiple sex partners
  • Receptive anal sex

Lowering your risk for anal cancer involves taking steps to quit smoking, practicing safe sex and getting the HPV vaccine. A colorectal screening can also detect the disease before it advances.

Treatment for anal cancer at Goshen Center for Cancer Care

Depending on the cancer’s stage, treatment may involve removing a small portion of tissue affected with cancer or more extensive surgery. To avoid surgery and preserve function, our oncology experts may combine radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Combining these treatments has similar cure rates to surgery.

Your treatment will always reflect what’s best for you. To care for all of you, we also offer naturopathic medicine and supportive therapy services, which help you and your family cope with the disease.

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Goshen Center for Cancer Care treats anal cancer in Goshen, IN, for patients from Warsaw, Fort Wayne, South Bend and beyond.