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Is rectal cancer serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The severity of rectal cancer depends on its stage. Many people fully recover from rectal cancer if they receive treatment before the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes. Recovery is still in reach if cancer has not yet spread to other organs in stage 4. When cancer spreads beyond the rectum and nearby lymph nodes, rectal cancer is often fatal.

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