Anal cancer is a type of cancer which arises from the anus, the distal orifice of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a distinct entity from the more common colorectal cancer. The etiology, risk factors, clinical progression, staging, and treatment are all different. Anal cancer is typically a squamous cell carcinoma that arises near the squamocolumnar junction. It may be keratinizing (basaloid) or non-keratinizing (cloacogenic). Other types of anal carcinoma are adenocarcinoma, lymphoma, sarcoma or melanoma.
Della Silberman – caregiver for mother Gail. Both are very active buddies and have helped many patients. The story of a mother and daughter’s struggle with cancer It all began in January 2005. Mom had been to the GP often for the same complaint – bleeding haemorrhoids, but she never checked the area, just prescribed... Read more
In the blink of an eye. It was December 2004. The only time that cancer had touched our lives so far had been watching the 3-year battle my niece, Sharon, underwent with breast cancer, with metastases to her liver, bones and brain. She had chemo after chemo, lost all her hair and got so skinny... Read more
Volgens die hospitaalrekords was ek 35 jaar en 7 maande. (Tipies vrou het ek natuurlik nie ‘n dag ouer as 27 gevoel nie!) Ek is gelukkig getroud met 2 pragtige dogters, Johané (8) en Annika (3). Ons het alles wat ‘n mens op hierdie ouderdom kan begeer... Read more
The most important support I needed after my diagnosis was to simply talk to others who understood. Read more
Why cancer Buddies? I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December 2005. I remember quite clearly my initial need for information about cancer. What the prognosis was, what the treatment options were, how long would the treatment be? etc, etc. All these questions related to the technical or clinical side of the disease. I was... Read more
When I was younger I spent much time in the sun, resulting in numerous solar keratoses, and various excisions. In 2004 I had an amelanotic (no colour) malignant melanoma removed, and this seemed to be successful. However, in 2006 it spread to lymph nodes in the neck, which were surgically removed. I then spent a Read more