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The type of surgery you have depends on the stage of your cancer and where it 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

You might have surgery for anal cancer if you have a very early cancer (stage 1) of the anal margin. Or if you've had chemoradiotherapy that didn't get rid of the cancer completely. 

Preparing for surgery

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

Going into hospital

You’ll probably go into hospital on the day of your operation or the day before. Find out about what you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

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

Having a colostomy for anal cancer

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

After surgery

How you feel after your operation depends on what type of surgery you have. 

Last reviewed: 
18 Apr 2019

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