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What do I need to know about caring for someone with stage 4 rectal cancer?

Someone with stage 4 rectal cancer will likely need a colectomy.

A colectomy is major surgery, and someone will need time to recover afterwards before returning to his or her daily routine. Depending on the extent of rectal cancer, someone may also need a colostomy. Getting used to a colostomy can be stressful, so be patient and sensitive while someone adapts.

Stage 4 rectal cancer usually requires additional treatment with chemotherapy or radiation. These treatments can cause uncomfortable side effects, so talk with a doctor about how to alleviate these.

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