Treating Anal Cancer

More Options, Better Outcomes

"Most anal cancers are curable with chemotherapy and radiation given together and treatment is tailored to achieve the highest cure rates with the least toxicity." - Renuka Iyer, MD

The anal cancer team assesses and plans the best treatment strategy for you based on their multidisciplinary experience. Because the tissues of the anal area are particularly sensitive, they respond well to both chemotherapy and radiation. The primary treatment for anal cancer combines these therapies, an approach called chemoradiation therapy, to maximize the response to each treatment.

Our treatment approach to anal cancer has three goals:

  • Optimal outcome for survivorship
  • Optimize treatment with chemoradiation therapy
  • Avoid surgery, preserving sphincter function, and avoiding colostomy