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How does surgery affect people with stage 3 rectal cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Surgery is necessary for treatment of rectal cancer. To treat stage 3 rectal cancer, your doctor will likely remove the part of the rectum that is infected. In some cases, the remaining part of the rectum can be fused with the colon. In other cases, you may need a colostomy. Further treatment for stage 3 rectal cancer is still needed after surgery.

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