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How does surgery affect people with stage 4 rectal cancer?

To treat stage 4 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. Chemotherapy and radiation treatment are also recommended for people with stage 4 rectal cancer. Once the disease has advanced to stage 4, these treatments can relieve discomfort and prolong life, but often cannot cure the disease.

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How is stage 4 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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Can stage 4 rectal cancer be prevented?
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To prevent stage 4 rectal cancer, you should receive regular screenings for the disease. These scree...
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Does stage 4 rectal cancer affect children differently than adults?
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What are the symptoms of stage 4 rectal cancer?
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