Living with anal cancer
Once your treatment is over, your doctor will want to see you for regular check-ups. This is known as follow-up. At first, these check-ups will be quite often but gradually become less frequent. The follow-up will continue for at least 5 years. At the check-up, you may have tests like a physical exam, X-rays, scans, an ultrasound or blood tests.
If you are between check-ups and have a symptom or problem that worries you, let your doctor know without delay.
There are many cancer support centres and voluntary groups around the country. If you feel they could help you and your family, call the National Cancer Helpline on 1800 200 700. The Helpline nurses can give you more information on counselling or support groups in your area.
We can also help you cope with the emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis.
Note: Links to external websites are listed below. The Irish Cancer Society is not responsible for the contents of external websites.
- Irish Cancer Society Message Board
- Irish Stoma Care and Colorectal Nurses Association
- Colostomy Association
- St. Mark’s Hospital
- Ileostomy, Colostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group
Call our National Cancer Helpline
Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm