Anal Cancer Stories: Patients Share Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Anal Cancer Stories
Patients Share Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Most anal cancer cases are linked to an infection with human papillomavirus (HPV).

It’s still a relatively rare cancer type, making up 0.5% of new cancer cases in the U.S. each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Explore our anal cancer stories, separated by subtype, told by patients who describe everything from first symptoms, treatment decisions, undergoing different therapies and treatment, and navigating life with anal cancer.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

It’s estimated that almost nine of ten anal cancer cases in the United States are squamous cell cancer.

Squamous cell cancer diagnoses can be treated either as an anal cancer or as a squamous cell cancer of the skin.

Daniel Garza, Stage 2

Cancer Details: Squamous cell carcinoma
1st Symptoms: Bloating, difficulty relieving himself
Treatment: Chemo, Radiation, Hyperbaric Chamber
Amanda's patient story
Amanda W. Diagnosis: Extraovarian Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma (EOPPC) Symptoms: Swollen lymph node in groin, pressure and pain in pelvisTreatment: Surgery, Radiation, Immunotherapy, Chemo...
Carcinoma in situ