Living with anal cancer can be a challenging experience. You or a loved one may have recently experienced an anal cancer diagnosis and probably have more information than you thought possible about something you'd never heard about before. It's ok if you're experiencing mixed emotions about things you've read or heard about your diagnosis. We're here to help no matter what! We have developed guides and information to help you through each stage of the process of living with anal cancer, from initial diagnosis through to managing the side effects of treatment
Having had personal experience with loved ones' anal cancer diagnoses, we know how scary and confusing it can be. Please Contact Us for assistance if you cannot find the answers to your questions, or if there is anything you would like to discuss in greater detail.
We hope this section of the website is useful for those who are newly diagnosed or facing an anal cancer diagnosis. It may also be helpful to 'thrivers' (our word for survivors) who are further into their anal cancer journey and want to understand more about their treatment, it's side effects, and tips on how to manage them.
We know from personal experience that facing an anal cancer diagnosis can be a confusing and scary time. On this page we provide tips and information to help you manage this process.
FACING AN ANAL CANCER DIAGNOSIS
Every person experiences anal cancer differently. Our community is diverse, as are their experiences. Within this page we address some of the most frequent concerns that we hear from thrivers.
Questions to ask your Doctor
If you have concerns that you experiencing anal cancer symptoms then you should see a doctor as soon as possible. We've compiled lists of suggested questions to help direct your conversation with a clinician. Depending on your health status and the nature of the appointment, some questions may be more applicable than others.
Side Effects of Treatment
The treatment for anal cancer can lead to side effects which feel difficult to manage. Within this section we list some tips and techniques to do so.
Please note that if you are newly diagnosed, you may not be ready for all of the information contained here. If you do not think you are, or if you do not know, please have a friend or family member look through the information first. They can then help give you the most relevant information for your situation, or at least let you know which sections you should look at now and which you can save for later.
Chemotherapy Side Effects
This section discusses chemotherapy treatment for anal cancer in order to help you prepare for treatment, and to understand the effects of treatment on your body.
Radiation Side Effects
This section discusses radiation treatment for anal cancer in order to help you prepare for and after treatment including follow up care.
Surgery Side Effects
This page discusses what to expect during surgery for anal cancer, and the side effects that you may experience following treatment
Patient P2P Program
We provide a free Peer to Peer support program that has helped anal cancer thrivers and their caregivers find compassionate support and companionship. This and similar programs may be helpful even if you are not ready to share your diagnosis with other friends and loved ones. You do not have to face your anal cancer diagnosis alone!
Looking for someone to talk to about your anal cancer diagnosis? We are here to help. The Peer to Peer Support Program is a free service provided by the Anal Cancer Foundation that matches anal cancer thrivers (our word for survivors) and caregivers with thriver volunteers and caregiver volunteers.