Frequently Asked Questions
What are the goals of treatment?
 
  Anal pap tests, High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA) and proper treatment can prevent abnormal cells that are not yet cancerous (called dysplasia) from becoming tumors that will require chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and/or surgery. Pap smears of the cervix and colposcopy are highly successful in preventing cervical cancer in women, and it is likely that the same success can be achieved with anal cancer in men and women. The goal is to destroy the abnormal cells before they become cancer.