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.