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Is stage 3 rectal cancer serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Stage 3 is the fourth stage of rectal cancer. While some people completely recover from stage 3 rectal cancer, recovery is more difficult the more advanced the cancer has become. To treat stage 3 rectal cancer, you will likely need surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

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