Radiation therapy for anal cancer
Radiation therapy is typically combined with chemotherapy to treat anal cancer. With advanced radiation therapy delivery systems, our radiation oncologists are better able to target difficult-to-reach tumors. Also, our radiation oncologists can direct higher radiation doses at anal cancer cells, while reducing exposure to normal, healthy tissue. Radiation therapy along with chemotherapy is used mainly for anal preservation and is usually an alternative to surgery with permanent colostomy, which requires a bag attached to the abdomen to collect stool.
Throughout your anal cancer treatment, your care team will offer various supportive care services to help you manage potential radiation side effects. For instance, mind-body medicine may help you relax with techniques like distraction and guided imagery. Image enhancement may help you look and feel better about yourself.