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what is the survival rate stage 2a rectal cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: About 67% of stage 2a rectal cancer patients survive five or more years. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-survival-rates.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for rectal cancer?

4 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
Yes: Treatment for rectal cancer depends on the stage of the disease. It involves surgery and sometimes chemotherapy and/or radiation. Rectal cancer can be cured if it is localized or has only spread to regional lymph nodes. In general it is not felt to be curable if it has spread to distant organs.
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Dr. Richard Orr commented
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
We are curing some selected cases with metastatic disease, as well! The main one is colorectal cancer with limited liver or lung metsatses that can be removed surgically. 5 year survival may be as high as 30-50%. I recently received a letter from a man who had rectal cancer and then a liver resection that I operated on 20 years ago!
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is rectal cancer hereditary?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Yes: Having a first degree family member with colon or rectal cancer increases your likelihood of colon cancer too. This is even more pronounced if that person had cancer before the age of 60. Colon cancer screening is recommended starting at age 40 for people with a first degree family member with colon cancer or 10 years earlier than they were diagnoses, whichever comes first.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some signs of rectal cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Bleeding and others: Rectal bleeding, weight loss, change in bowel habits, and anemia are the most common. Unfortunatley many are asymptomatic until the tumor is large.
CA
A 25-year-old member asked:

What puts you at risk for developing rectal cancer?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
See below: Having a family history of colon cancer, a history of colon polyps, having ulcerative colitis and smoking all increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
A 23-year-old member asked:

Can changing what you eat help with rectal cancer?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Before or atfer?: Not after it is diagnosed. It can be prevented or its risk reduced by taking high fiber diet. But once it is already diagnosed, changing diet does not change anything.

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