Although anal cancer is uncommon, its incidence is rising. NewYork-Presbyterian's colorectal surgeons and other cancer experts have the experience and compassion to treat people with anal cancer, using therapies based on the latest scientific advances, minimally invasive therapies and years of experience. We offer the full spectrum of anal cancer care, from diagnosis through treatment and survival. We have an international reputation for superior care, with thousands of patients traveling to us from across the country and around the world to receive care from our renowned team of colorectal surgeons, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists.
A Team of Experts
Our cancer surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and other specialists are known for providing leading medical, surgical, and supportive care for people with anal cancer. We will put together a team of healthcare professionals to provide the care you need. When planning your treatment, our physicians consider the type, location, and stage of your cancer, as well as your age and physical health to personalize the optimum care for your cancer.
Superior Surgical Care
While initial treatment of anal cancer is non-surgical, removal of the anal cancer is sometimes required. Our surgeons also place a high value on preserving anal sphincter muscles when possible. When more extensive surgery is required, our surgeons use minimally invasive methods with laparoscopic and robotic procedures to speed recovery.
The Latest Chemotherapy
In most situations, the treatment of anal cancer is accomplished with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy with the goal of completely removing the tumor while avoiding surgery. Your doctors will let you know if your anal cancer requires treatment with anticancer drugs. Your treatment will be carefully coordinated with all members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure optimal outcomes. In some circumstances you will only receive chemotherapy with the goal of killing your cancer cells.. You may be eligible for cutting-edge new therapies as well.
Precise Radiation Therapy
People who need radiation to treat anal cancer benefit from our advanced radiation oncology techniques. We use 3D imaging to shape and target high doses of radiation directly to your tumor, killing cancer cells while sparing nearby healthy tissue. You can receive radiation therapy in our state-of-the-art radiation oncology units.
Clinical Trials of Innovative Therapies
Our researchers are directing clinical trials evaluating novel treatment approaches for advanced anal cancer. Your treatment team will let you know if you can receive an innovative investigational treatment by participating in a clinical trial.