Anal Cancer

You are at the center of everything we do at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Here, we surround you with a team of specialists who work together closely to provide expertly targeted, complete care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.

We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in anal cancer with a commitment to meet your unique needs.

Why Choose Fred Hutch?

True Team Care

A team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and colorectal surgeons cares for people with anal, colon or rectal cancer, from diagnosis through follow-up, in our Colorectal Cancer Specialty Clinic. We support you with a range of other healthcare professionals, such as dietitians, pharmacists, genetic counselors and social workers.

Experienced Anal Cancer Specialists

Fred Hutch patients receive state-of-the-art treatment from some of the world’s leading physicians who focus on treating cancers of the gastrointestinal system, even rare diseases like anal cancer. In fact, our physicians help define the national standards for anal cancer care. 

Comprehensive Anal Cancer Treatment

Our physicians provide in the full spectrum of treatments anal cancer may require. Based on the unique characteristics of your tumor, your team may recommend radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery or a combination, all available here.

Where You’re Treated First Matters Most

Studies have shown that patients evaluated and treated at a multidisciplinary cancer center, like Fred Hutch, have better outcomes and that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. Patients who begin treatment at Fred Hutch often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere.

A National Leader in Cancer Care

Fred Hutch is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.

NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center

We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Learn About Anal Cancer

Most people with anal cancer are cured, especially if their cancer is diagnosed early. No matter what type or stage of anal cancer you have, treatments are available. Fred Hutch offers comprehensive anal cancer treatment from a team of experts who specialize in gastrointestinal cancers.

Facts & Resources

Anal Cancer Treatment

Fred Hutch experts offer comprehensive care for anal cancer, including advanced treatments and new options available only through clinical studies. Although anal cancer is uncommon, we treat it regularly here.


Anal Cancer Care Team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.

Care Team

Second Opinions

If you’ve been diagnosed with anal cancer, we recommend getting a second opinion before choosing where you’ll be treated.

Though you can benefit from a second opinion at any time, it is most valuable when you are first diagnosed and have the widest array of treatment options.

Fred Hutch is home to the region’s only Colorectal Cancer Specialty Clinic, where our medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and supportive care professionals come together weekly to discuss and care for people with colorectal or anal cancer as a team. During a single visit you get the second opinion of not one doctor but an entire group of specialists.

Based on your unique situation, we might schedule you with a single specialist who is best qualified to provide an opinion about your options — for example, if you have metastatic cancer.

Talk with anal cancer experts who understand your disease in greater depth than the general oncologists in your local community.

Call us at 855.557.0555 to request an appointment for a second opinion.

How a Second Opinion Can Help

Getting a second opinion from physicians who specialize in anal cancer can help you:

Feel Confident That Your Cancer has Been Accurately Diagnosed and Staged

There are several types of anal cancer, and evaluating the stage of these tumors can be complex. Pathologists, radiologists and gastroenterologists from Fred Hutch are experts in diagnosing anal cancers and have access to the latest technologies to help ensure we know as much about your cancer as possible.

Consider State-of-the-Art Treatment Options

A second opinion may identify better, more advanced or more aggressive options, including the latest radiation therapies, such as proton therapy, or surgical techniques. 

Understand the Benefits of Specialized, Multidisciplinary Care

The team of anal cancer specialists from Fred Hutch offers in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of treatments. We have first-hand knowledge of current research and a wealth of treatment experience.

Start With a Course of Therapy Tailored to You

We focus on you, not just your cancer, when developing a treatment plan. We consider your goals, plans, beliefs, values and preferences to design your treatment holistically.

Learn Whether Genetics Play a Role

Your genetic make-up may have played a role in the development of your cancer, and it might impact your treatment. Depending on our findings, you and your family may benefit from Fred Hutch’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.

Request a Second Opinion

We recognize that anal cancer is serious. Getting a second opinion does not have to delay the start of your treatment. We aim to see you quickly.

Call us to schedule a second opinion with a Fred Hutch physician at 855.557.0555.

Latest Treatments and Clinical Trials

For some people, taking part in a clinical study may be the best treatment choice. Access to clinical studies by researchers at Fred Hutch and UW Medicine is one reason many patients come to us for care. Our research interests also include studies to better understand the basics of the disease and its risk factors and to help more patients receive a diagnosis earlier.

Many patients at Fred Hutch receive promising therapies by taking part in clinical trials. These research studies are done by physician-scientists from Fred Hutch and UW Medicine. They test new treatments or new ways to use current treatments.

Every advance in cancer treatment in recent years has come out of clinical trials. We offer more active clinical trials than anywhere else, which means more treatment options for patients like you.

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