How does surgery affect people with rectal cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Surgery can cure rectal cancer in its early stages. Stage 0 or 1 rectal cancer can usually be removed during a colonoscopy. Later stages may require a colectomy, which is surgery to remove the part of the rectum that is affected. Later stages may also require colostomy surgery. When rectal cancer has spread to other organs, surgery cannot cure the disease, but can ease some symptoms.

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