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Anal Cancer Symptoms

Anal cancer often does not have symptoms. When it does have symptoms, they vary from person to person. If you have anal cancer symptoms, they may include:

  • Anal or rectal bleeding
  • Pain or pressure around the anus
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Narrower stool than usual
  • A lump close to the anus
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the anal or groin area
  • Anal discharge

These symptoms do not always mean you have anal cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms that last more than two weeks with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.

If you have been diagnosed with anal cancer, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Advanced anal cancer treatments including sphincter-preserving and minimally invasive surgery, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and leading-edge chemotherapy and targeted therapies
  • Novel chemotherapy and targeted therapies for anal cancer
  • Special expertise in complex types of anal cancer, including in people with HIV or AIDS
  • Higher level of experience in anal cancer than most other cancer centers
  • Clinical trials of new anal cancer treatments

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