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The type of surgery you need depends on where the cancer is in your anus. Find out about the different types of surgery for anal cancer, what happens before surgery and how you might feel after your operation.

Types of surgery

Find out about the different types of surgery for anal cancer.

Going into hospital

Find out about what you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

Preparing for surgery

Find out about what happens before surgery, the people you’ll meet and the exercises you need to do.

On the day

Find out what happens on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.

After surgery

Find out how you’ll feel after your surgery, possible problems after surgery and your follow up appointments.

Having a colostomy for anal cancer

You will have a colostomy if you have an operation called an abdominoperineal resection. Find out what a colostomy is and why you might have one.

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