It is really worth watching the documentary which was aired on a National broadcasting channel and was a hit by nine million viewers. It was nominated for Emmy award too. What is this documentary all about? It is “Farrah’s Story”. Who is she? She is an American actress, who has received six Golden global awards. The documentary involves the real-life footage of Farrah’s treatment, surgery, and recovery for ANAL CANCER. Her documentary was a message to the public, which makes the people realize the importance of early detection of cancers and prevention strategies.
Nearly half of the anal cancers are diagnosed after it has spread to the primary sites. And 10% of the cases are diagnosed after cancer has spread to the remote organs. So it is important to get screening for cancers and follow the preventive measures for cancers.
The anus is the part of gastrointestinal tract; it is located below the rectum, from where the bowel movements leave the body. If there is any unhealthy or abnormal growth of cells near the anus, a tumor is formed.
A tumor can be cancerous or benign (non-cancerous). A cancerous tumor can be malignant, which means it can spread to the other parts of the body. There are different types of anal cancers, which are based on the cells from where the cancer originated.
You would experience the following symptoms of anal cancer. But these symptoms are not always proved to be the signs of anal cancer although. There can also be the symptoms of other underlying conditions.
Here are some recommendations that can reduce your risk of being a victim of anal cancer:
It is difficult for the experts to determine the exact cause of anal cancer. The following could be the possible risk factors associated with anal cancer:
Considering your medical history, your doctor would carry out the following tests:
Further tests include:
The type of surgery your doctor would choose for you depends on the size and position of the tumor.Resection
Resection is performed to remove any small tumor and some surrounding tissue. After the resection, there will not be any effect on your ability to pass your stools.Abdominoperineal resection
In this type of reception your anus, rectum and a portion of bowel are surgically removed. After the reception, you will need a colostomy (collection of stools outside the body, through an opening from the bowel). But you can lead a normal life even with colostomies.Radiotherapy and chemotherapy
Radiotherapy uses high rays to destroy the cancerous cells. The side effects of radiotherapy, there are also some associated side effects with radiotherapy, which includes, diarrhea, constipation, low WBC, loss of appetite, constipation, mouth ulcers, sore mouth, etc. Chemotherapy uses cell-destroying drugs that prevent the cell division of cancerous cells.
A combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy are commonly used to destroy the cancer cells. This treatment option is proven to be successful.