Anal cancer

Anal cancer

We are working to develop more detailed content about anal cancer.

In the meantime, you can use our General cancer information and the links on this page to find information and support.

Anal cancer is a rare cancer (less than 1% of all cancers). It is slightly more common in women than men, and is more common in people over the age of 50.

Anal cancer is a type of bowel (colorectal) cancer.

People with anal cancer should have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT). See Canrefer for a list of colorectal MDTs in NSW.

Support when you have anal cancer

One of the main organisations that provides information and support for people with cancer is the Cancer Council. Their services include:

  • an Information and Support line, 13 11 20, which has specially trained staff available to offer support
  • a range of face-to-face, online and telephone support groups
  • a program called Cancer Connect where you can talk to someone who has experienced cancer
  • an online community for people with cancer and their families and friends.

Bowel Cancer Australia also has resources to help you understand anal cancer. This is available online, or you can call 1800 555 494.

You can also talk to the cancer care coordinator or social worker where you are being seen. They can tell you what services and support groups are available locally. Your GP may also be able to provide information about this.

Checklists

Use our checklists to find helpful tips or questions to ask.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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