Anal Cancer Treatment in Orange County, CA
If you are experiencing symptoms of anal cancer Dr. Albert Chung, MD can help. There are several effective diagnostic test that are available for patients who are having some symptoms of anal cancer in Orange County, CA. Albert Chung, MD is highly trained and experienced in treating patients that are facing symptoms or have been diagnosed with anal cancer. If you are looking for a colorectal doctor in the Orange County, CA area call our colorectal clinic in Santa Ana today at (714) 988-8690 to schedule a consultation.
Anal Cancer Symptoms
Sometimes anal cancer has no symptoms at all. It’s possible you can have changes in your stool, itching, and a lump or pain at the anus. Your physician may start with a rectal exam.
If there is continued suspicion you may have anal cancer, a number of tests will be performed. This can include an Anoscopy, where a small hollow tube is inserted into the anus. A light on the end will look for tissue to be sent to a lab. You are awake during this test, but feel no pain.
Diagnosis Of Anal Cancer
An Endoscopy is a test where a flexible tube with a video camera is inserted into the anus. Much longer than the anoscope, this test can remove cells for biopsy.
A PET scan shows signs of “hot spots’ indicating cancer elsewhere in the body.
Other tests to determine anal cancer include ultrasound, CAT scan, MRI, and a chest X-ray may be done to be sure cancer has not metastasized to the lungs.
Anal Cancer Treatment
Anal cancer is typically treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The treatment plan may vary depending on the stage of the cancer and the individual’s overall health. Some common treatment options for anal cancer:
- Surgery: In some cases, the cancerous tumor can be removed with surgery. This may involve removing the tumor and a small amount of surrounding healthy tissue, or in more advanced cases, removing the entire anus or rectum.
- Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. It may be used before or after surgery, or as the primary treatment if surgery is not an option.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. It may be used in combination with radiation therapy, or as the primary treatment if surgery is not an option.
- Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy drugs work by helping the body’s immune system recognize and attack cancer cells. It may be used in combination with other treatments for advanced cases.
It’s important to work closely with Dr. Chung so he can properly diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan for your individual situation.
Schedule a Anal Cancer Consultation
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with anal cancer our colorectal clinic in Santa Ana has the experience to provide the treatment you need, contact Dr. Albert Chung today at (714) 988-8690 to schedule an appointment.