I am anything but ashamed of my anal cancer, but stigma is hard to shake.
Our high level of experience in minimally invasive and sphincter-sparing surgeries and other innovative techniques can help many people with anal cancer. We offer the most advanced therapies for every type of anal cancer, including in people with HIV and AIDS.
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Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about anal cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.
did you know?
More than 5,000 people are diagnosed with anal cancer in the United States each year.
May 29, 2014
When people learn that I have cancer, they usually appear saddened and offer me encouragement, often adding how good I look. When they learn that I have stage IV cancer, their sadness deepens, and they tell me how sorry they are. When they discover that I have stage IV anal cancer, they appear shocked and either shut up or ask in hushed voices how I "caught it."
After four years, you would think I'd be used to the...