Anal Neoplasia Clinic, Research and Education (ANCRE) Center
The Anal Neoplasia Clinic, Research and Education (ANCRE) Center, part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the world's first clinic devoted to anal cancer prevention. Having been the first to identify the link between neoplasias (precancerous lesions) and anal cancer, UCSF experts remain global leaders in the field.
Anal cancer is on the rise in the U.S., and the vast majority of cases are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is extremely common among sexually active people and can lead to precancerous changes in the anal tissue, which may progress to anal cancer. Most of the time, a healthy immune system can clear the virus, but particularly in immunocompromised people, certain strains of the virus can persist, increasing cancer risk. That’s why our goal at the ANCRE Center is to provide the close monitoring and therapies that can reduce that risk.
Our center offers a wide range of screening, diagnostic and treatment options, including anal cytology, high-resolution anoscopy, anal biopsy, infrared coagulation therapy and electrocautery therapy. ANCRE’s doctors not only provide top-tier care, they conduct research on anal neoplasia, giving our patients access to the latest and best techniques and therapies.
J. Michael Berry-Lawhorn
MDAnal dysplasia specialist
MDInfectious disease physician
LCSW, MSWSocial worker
NP, PhDNurse practitioner
Joel M. Palefsky
MDCM, FRCPCInfectious disease physician
Vasean K. Patel
Rosalyn E. Plotzker
MD, MPHPreventive medicine specialist
Chia-Ching (Jackie) Wang
MDAnal dysplasia specialist
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National Cancer Institute
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Commission on Cancer
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National Comprehensive Cancer Network
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What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
Our research initiatives
UCSF Anal Cancer Research
The UCSF Anal Neoplasia Clinic, Research and Education Center participates in research aimed at improving the understanding and treatment of anal neoplasia and cancer.
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Research
UCSF is home to a range of research initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. This includes research on topics such as immunotherapy, BRCA mutations and molecular diagnostic testing.
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