Surgery explained

Understand surgery - how to prepare, what happens and recovery.

  • Anal cancer

    Surgery for anal cancer

    Surgery used to be the main treatment for anal cancer. For most people with anal cancer, a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy is now more likely to be recommended.

  • General information

    What happens before the surgery?

    Your surgery will be carefully planned to make sure you are well cared for.

  • General information

    Who might I meet?

    A team of specialists will plan your surgery. This will include a surgeon who specialises in your type of cancer.

  • Anal cancer

    What happens after surgery?

    It can be helpful to know what to expect in the days and weeks after surgery.

  • General information

    Follow-up care after surgery

    You will have follow-up appointments after your surgery to check on your recovery and any new symptoms.

  • Anal cancer

    Sex life after bowel surgery

    Treatments for anal cancer can have some effects on your sex life. Talk to your doctor or specialist nurse for advice.

  • Anal cancer

    Diet after surgery for anal cancer

    Eating at regular times helps to encourage a regular pattern for your bowel function.

  • Anal cancer

    If you need a colostomy

    Having a stoma, whether it’s temporary or permanent, is a big change to your body.