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What is stage 3 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 3 is the fourth stage of rectal cancer. At stage 3, cancer has grown from the inner lining of the rectum through the rectal wall and penetrated nearby lymph nodes. While cancer has spread to lymph nodes in stage 3, it has not yet spread to other organs or remote parts of the body.

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