Symptoms of anal cancer
Anal cancer is often asymptomatic, but some symptoms include:
- Anal bleeding or discharge
- Changes in bowel movements or the appearance of your stool
- Presence of a lump near the anus
- Pain or pressure around the anus
- Swollen lymph nodes in the anal region or in the groin
How is anal cancer diagnosed?
Miami Cancer Institute’s diagnostic specialists use the most advanced technologies and minimally invasive techniques to diagnose anal cancer. If you have symptoms of anal cancer, your doctor will do a physical exam and review your health history, including your habits, lifestyle and family history.
He or she will also do one or more of the following diagnostic tests:
- Imaging tests, such as X-rays, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), colonoscopy, proctoscopy and anoscopy
- Fine needle aspiration biopsy
- Blood, urine or stool tests to measure the concentration of certain substances secreted by organs, tissues or tumor cells present in your body
Patient Support Services
Taking care of the whole patient is an important component of providing personalized cancer care. Integrated into the fabric of the Miami Cancer Institute, the Cancer Patient Support Center addresses the psychological, physical, social and spiritual needs of our patients during cancer treatment and beyond.