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What is stage 2 rectal cancer?

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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What are the symptoms of stage 2 rectal cancer?
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As rectal cancer advances, you may notice a change in your bowel movements. Both diarrhea and consti...
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What do I need to know about caring for someone with stage 2 rectal cancer?
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Someone with stage 2 rectal cancer will likely need a colectomy. A colectomy is major surgery that r...
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How is stage 2 rectal cancer diagnosed?
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Several diagnostic tests diagnose rectal cancer. Sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy are exams in which yo...
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How common is stage 2 rectal cancer?
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Rectal cancer is more common in adults past middle age than in younger adults or children--it is mos...
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