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.
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.
Find out about what happens before surgery, the people you’ll meet and the exercises you need to do.
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.
Find out what happens on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.
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.
How you feel after your operation depends on what type of surgery you have.