Anal Cancer Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Sep 15, 2022
  • Author: Thomas R Dekoj, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Referral to a colorectal surgeon or other advanced practitioner in the field, such as a surgical oncologist familiar with the disease process, is critical to prevent delay in diagnosis and treatment when anal cancer is suspected or diagnosed. An oncologist or specialist oncologist who has interest in digestive cancers or squamous cell carcinoma should be involved early in the diagnostic process to help guide the workup and treatment scheme.

Differential Diagnoses