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Can rectal cancer be cured?

Can rectal cancer be cured?

Yes, if early enuf: Like other cancers, rectal cancer has better prognosis (outlook) if diagnosed and treated at an earlier, rather than later stage. Very early cancers can be cured with burning the tissue. More advanced will likely need radiation/chemo/surgery in varying combinations and timing. Can be cured, but unfortunately, not always. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is rectal cancer hereditary?

Is rectal cancer hereditary?

It can be: Cancer is where a cell literally becomes immortal and does not die but can still replicate itself. Genetic mutations cause this. Most genetic mutations that cause cancerous cells happen after we are born, but rarely we can inherit a bad gene. Construct a medical family tree and if colon or rectal cancer affects 2 or more across 2 generations and 1 is less than 50 must talk with doctor ...Read more

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What are symptoms of rectal cancer?

Bleeding,: Theso first sign of rectal ca is bleeding as solid feca; , material passes. As lesion gets larger increasing constipation and then pain noted. ...Read more

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What are some signs of rectal cancer?

What are some signs of rectal cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rectal cancer?

What are the symptoms of rectal cancer?

None or bleeding : Anywhere from nothing to bleeding, to pressure or a mass or lump. Don't wait for symptoms. Get checked. Symptoms are a late finding. ...Read more

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Can rectal cancer be treated surgically?

Can rectal cancer be treated surgically?

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. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival for rectal cancer?

What is the rate of survival for rectal cancer?

Hard to be: Specific, and the answer excellent with treatment is likley not what you are looking for. Where it is towards bottom or higher influences procedure, penetration into wall, and involved nodes or not need to know to give more specific. I'd expect cure most of the time. ...Read more

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What puts you at risk for developing rectal cancer?

What puts you at risk for developing rectal cancer?

Several things: Family history of colon or rectal cancer is probably the biggest risk factor. A history of polyps also increases your risk. There is some data that show that poor diet, smoking, and constipation may increase risk, but this is still arguable. To decrease your risk, particularly if you have a family history, get screened regularly and follow up on any rectal bleeding. Don't ignore rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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Is rectal cancer curable?

Is rectal cancer curable?

Yes: If caught early, can be successfully treated with local excision or neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgery. The key is early diagnosis! all bleeding should be thoroughly evaluated and appropriate screening with colonoscopies can prevent more advance and incurable colorectal cancers! ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more