Oncology Questions? Ask an Oncologist for Answers ASAP
Hello from JustAnswer. I am sorry that you have been found to have anal cancer.
The primary test that is done to assure that there is no spread of the cancer would be a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis. This will allow for assessment of the regional lymph nodes and the liver. Anal cancer will usually first spread to the lymph nodes and then to the liver.
It is also appropriate to look for other manifestations of cancer or HPV. Anal cancer is frequently associated with HPV infection. For a male, this would typically involve a colonoscopy and a detailed genital exam. For a female, this would involve a pelvic exam and screening for cervical cancer and HPV. (I realize that you would have said your gender when registering for the site, but the personal information is kept private, so that I cannot see it, so I cover both genders.)
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