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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.
Because we know quality of life is important, we make every effort to preserve the sphincter, without affecting control of bowel movements.
As one of the world’s largest cancer research centers, MD Anderson is leading the investigation into new methods of anal cancer diagnosis and treatment. You benefit from the most advanced research and a range of clinical trials of new agents.
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did you know?
More than 5,000 people are diagnosed with anal cancer in the United States each year.
HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot
Almost all cases of anal cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, for which a safe and effective vaccine currently exists. MD Anderson’s HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot™ aims to improve outcomes for anal cancer patients through prevention initiatives and new treatments.Learn more
April 28, 2017
Some people get married. Some have children. Some get divorced. Some get cancer. Nelda Blair believes that while these are all life-changing moments, none of them should become a person’s entire identity. She’s felt this way ever since she found out she had HPV-related anal cancer in February 2011.
“I’m a take-charge person, and this diagnosis was not going to rule my life or alter my life for any period of time,” she says. “My...