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What is stage 2 rectal cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Rectal cancer, also commonly referred to as colorectal cancer, is cancer that occurs in the rectum, the last portion of the large intestine. Stage 2 is the third stage of rectal cancer. At stage 2, cancer has grown through the inner lining of the rectum, muscles in the rectal wall, and in some cases the outer wall of the rectum. At stage 2 rectal cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes, so recovery rates are high when rectal cancer is treated at stage 2.

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