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What is the surgical treatment for rectal cancer?

Surgery to treat rectal cancer is called a resection. This operation removes the rectum and part of the colon. The surgery often diverts the upper healthy colon to an ostomy bag, which serves to collect stool. Depending on how far your cancer has spread, you may also need radiation and or chemotherapy after surgery.

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