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How do I manage my stage 4 rectal cancer on a daily basis?

You will likely need surgery as well as radiation and chemotherapy to treat stage 4 rectal cancer. Depending on the exact location of your rectal cancer you may or may not need a colostomy. A colostomy is a procedure that connects your colon to an opening in your skin created by your doctor. Instead of passing through your rectum, waste passes through this hole into a colostomy bag. A colostomy can require some alterations in your lifestyle, so talk with your doctor about how to adjust. You also may feel side effects from chemotherapy or radiation treatment, which you should discuss with your doctor.

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