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Can rectal cancer be treated surgically?

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Dr. Michael Thompson answered

Specializes in Hematology and Oncology

Yes: Rectal cancer, like any cancer needs - 1) diagnosis, 2) staging and prognosis, 3) treatment. Early rectal cancer may be treated by surgery alone. More often a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are required in a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Metastatic rectal cancer may depend more heavily on chemotherapy.

Answered 3/2/2019


Dr. Scott Browning answered

Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Usually: The primary treatment of rectal cancer is surgical, and a colostomy can usually be avoided. For more advanced rectal cancers chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be required in addition to surgery. Few rectal cancers are untreatable.

Answered 9/29/2012



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