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What is the most common surgery to treat rectal cancer?

For rectal cancer, the most common surgery is to remove the upper two-thirds of the rectum and either make a new rectum out of another piece of intestine or splice the ends of the rectum together. This surgery is generally the best option for patients whose cancer is found early and is located high in the rectum.

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