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What is Anal Cancer?

Anal cancer is a rare malignancy of the gastrointestinal system. It accounts for a small percentage (1.5%) of the gastrointestinal cancers, but there is evidence of a steady increase in its occurrence. Anal cancer is cancer of the anus or the anal canal, the end portion of the rectum.

What are the main signs and symptoms of Anal Cancer?

  • Common signs and symptoms:
    • Pain and bleeding from the anus.
    • Presence of fistulas (abnormal narrow tunnel-shaped connection between the anal canal and the skin of the hip) or leucoplakia (white, thick, non-scrapable patches).
    • Swollen lymph nodes that are easily detected during a physical examination.
    • Cancer of the anal margins manifests with a characteristic ulcer showing everted, indurated (with a firm base) and raised borders.
  • Uncommon signs and symptoms:
    • Presence of a mass in the anal region.
    • Pruritus or itching along with a discharge.
    • Impaired function of the muscular ring (sphincter) that controls stool passage, leading to anal incontinence.
    • Enlargement of the liver.
    • Distant spread of primary anal cancer.

What are the main causes of Anal Cancer?

  • Most common cause
    The human papillomavirus infection, a sexually transmitted disease, shows increased association with anal cancers.
  • Risk factors include:
    • Weak immunity
    • Age and gender
      It is more common among elderly people and women.
    • Medical conditions
    • Lifestyle
      • Smoking.
      • Engaging in intercourse with multiple partners.
      • Homosexuality, especially among males.

How is Anal Cancer diagnosed and treated?

  • Diagnosis
    Anal cancer cannot be diagnosed solely on the basis of clinical presentation and symptoms. Along with a physical examination under anaesthesia for the assessment of a tumour, doctors advise the following tests for detection of anal cancer:
    • Endo-anal ultrasound imaging
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Computed tomography (CT) scan/positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Treatment
    • The primary treatment for anal cancer, in most cases, is radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy. For older and weak patients, it is necessary to modify the chemotherapy and antibiotic prophylaxis.
    • The disadvantage of radiotherapy lies in radionecrosis (tissue damage or death due to radiation), because of which surgery becomes a safer line of treatment. Abdominoperineal excision (removal of the anus, a part of the colon and rectum) for aggressive cancers or those with high rates of recurrence and local excision for small tumours has become the standard treatment for anal cancers.
    • Management of inguinal lymph nodes involves radiation therapy. In cases of relapse or failure of radiation therapy, surgical resection of the lymph nodes is required.
    • Recurrent anal cancers require abdominoperineal resection combined with a colostomy (removal of the colon).
    • Intra-operative radiotherapy and brachytherapy (inserting radioactive implants) lower the chances of recurrence of anal cancer post-treatment.
    • Other treatment options include photodynamic (by using the light of a particular wavelength) therapy and immunotherapy.
  1. Medicines for Anal Cancer
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Medicines for Anal Cancer

Medicines listed below are available for Anal Cancer. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
5 Flucel5 Flucel 250 Mg Injection9
ChemofluraChemoflura 250 Mg Injection8
FivocilFivocil 250 Mg Injection8
FivofluFivoflu 250 Mg Injection12
FlocilFlocil 250 Mg Injection23
FloracFlorac 250 Mg Injection8
FluoncoFluonco 250 Mg Injection55
FluracilFluracil 250 Mg Injection8
KucilKucil 250 Mg Injection9
OncoflourOncoflour 250 Mg Injection8
FlonidaFlonida 1% W/W Cream68
FluoFluo Cream96
CacitCacit 500 Mg Tablet1004
CapeciteCapecite 500 Mg Tablet871
CapegardCapegard 500 Mg Tablet488
CapetaCapeta 500 Mg Tablet1062
CapezamCapezam 500 Mg Tablet1004
CapiibineCapiibine 500 Mg Tablet0
CapsyCapsy 500 Mg Tablet0
CaxetaCaxeta 500 Mg Tablet465
XelodaXeloda 500 Mg Tablet1062
ZocitabZocitab 500 Mg Tablet1233
AtubriAtubri 500 Mg Tablet1384

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