anal gland cancer

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I have been searching for months for any information on anal gland cancer with next to nothing to show. I am beginning to think maybe something has got lost in translation.

  • Dear Eddiel,


    Thank you for getting in touch and welcome to the Online Community. I’m Kerry one of the Cancer Information Nurses here on the Macmillan Support Line.

    I’m sorry to hear that you have been struggling to find information on anal gland cancer, it can be difficult to find the right and appropriate information we seek on the internet at times.

    Anal gland carcinoma (ACG) is rare, we have around 12 anal glands on average which are situated at various depths within the wall of the anal canal. Anal canal cancers come under the umbrella of Anal cancers where you may find more information.

    However, I can see from your account information that you stated you have been diagnosed with Prostate cancer which has spread to your bowel, bladder and anal gland. I can only imagine how difficult it was for you experiencing those side effects throughout and having your prognosis change.

    The cells that have been found in your bowel, bladder and gland are actually Prostate cancer cells that have spread into these areas so the management plan would be different from if the cancer had originated in the anal gland. These cells are treated as a prostate cancer.

    I’m glad to see that you are a member of our Prostate cancer forum, as this can provide peer support from others going through similar situations to yourself. 

    Prostate Cancer UK also offers support for people living with prostate cancer.


    I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions, please get in touch again. You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email or contact us through Webchat

    Best wishes


    Cancer Information Nurse Specialist

    Ref KHa/PW

  • Thanks Kerry. you missed a couple out, lymph node and seminal vesicle. I am doing ok, i am on a few forums and PC UK which are great. I have an appointment with my oncologist in two weeks so am putting a list of questions together foy her any suggestions would be welcome. take care