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Your treatment depends on where in the anus your cancer is, how big it is, whether it has spread anywhere else in your body and your general health. A team of doctors and other professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you.

Treatment decisions

Your doctor considers a number of factors when deciding which treatment you need. Find out how they make the decision, the types of treatment you might have and treatment by stage.


Find out about having chemotherapy and radiotherapy together for anal cancer, how you have it and the possible side effects.


You might have surgery for very early stage anal cancer. Or you might have it if your cancer comes back or hasn't gone completely after chemoradiotherapy.

Radiotherapy for anal cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill anal cancer cells.


Read about when, where and how you have chemotherapy for anal cancer, and the possible side effects.

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for anal cancer.

Last reviewed: 
17 May 2016

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