Anal Cancer is the cancer in your bottom. This page gives you information of the treatment you will get with this disease.
We are the regional centre for anal cancer care in Merseyside and Cheshire. This means that our patients benefit from expert diagnosis and treatment. If you come to the hospital you can expect:
Specialists from different medical areas meet weekly. This is called a multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDT) and is central to the way we work. The MDT advise, support and create treatment plans that are personalised for every patient.
From when we first meet you, you’ll be assigned a nurse who will be with you throughout your treatment journey, from your first appointment to aftercare. The nurse is your key-worker and will help you with any problems or questions. See key worker page for more details
As a university hospital, we lead research into cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. We regularly publish new research that helps in the fight against anal cancer.
The specialist nurses at the hospital are trained in complex techniques – like using small cameras to look for cancer (endoscopy). This makes cancer identification quicker for patients.
Making life after cancer more comfortable
By using the latest surgical techniques we have the lowest post-operation stoma rate in the region. This means that fewer patients need colostomy bags after treatment
Anal cancer treatment types
You will be referred to the hospital for further investigation if your GP spots any symptoms that are unusual. We will see you for a clinic appointment within two weeks of this referral.
You'll be sent details of your clinic appointment in the post.
Anal cancer rapid diagnosis clinic
At the clinic, we aim to identify cancer as quickly as possible. We use a number of different tests to see if there are any unusual lumps:
Anal Cancer treatment
Your test results are discussed by the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This is a group of cancer experts including:
How long before treatment starts?
Treatment starts as soon as possible after the cancer has been discovered. You will be assigned a specialist nurse who stays with you every step of your treatment journey. The nurse is your key-worker and is available to answer any questions you may have.
You may be asked to take part in a clinical trial. Clinical trials help us learn more about the best way to treat specific conditions. You can find out more by visiting the Clinical Research Unit website here.