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Living with anal cancer

There is support available during and after treatment to help you cope. 


Coping with cancer can be difficult. There is help and support available. There are things you can do, people to help and ways to cope with a diagnosis of anal cancer.

Coping with a colostomy after anal cancer

You might have a colostomy after surgery for anal cancer. Read about how it can affect you and ways to help.

Sex life

Most people are able to have a normal sex life after having anal cancer. You will need time to get over surgery, or any other treatment.


You might need to change what you eat after treatment for anal cancer.

Support at home for you and your family

You might need some care and support at home due to anal cancer or its treatment. A lot of practical and emotional support is available to you. 

Resources and books

There are organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with anal cancer and treatment. You can also find out about suppliers of stoma appliances.

Last reviewed: 
16 Apr 2019
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