What is stage 3 rectal cancer recovery?

Lymph node disease. Stage 3 rectal cancer describes cancer that has spread to lymph nodes. Stage 3 rectal cancer is treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotehrpay. The order of these treatments mary vary somewhat. Recovery from surgery generally takes about 4 weeks. The course of chemotherapy and radiation is usually 6 months.

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How does surgery affect people who have stage 3 rectal cancer?

Hard to say. Some people are cured and some are not. You can't predict who will be in each catergory. My dad had stage 3. Best chance for survival at that time was 5% for 5 years. He lived 25 years after surgeryand died at age 95. Go figure. All is not lost with the diagnosis of cancer. Read more...
Depends. On where in the rectum the tumor is and what specific surgery is performed, i need more information to adequately answer this question. Read more...

Does stage 3 rectal cancer cause serious longterm effects on continence?

Depends. On how low in the rectum the cancer is and what modes of treatment are proposed or undertaken. If it is low it may indeed affect continence and a permanent colostomy may be indicated. Read more...
Not often. The cancer itself can invade the muscles of continence for really low rectal cancers that are near the anus. Many rectal cancers do not invade the sphincters. Surgery and the radiation that is recommended for stage 3 rectal cancer can contribute to incontinence but it is very difficult to predict and it is by no means a guarantee that incontinence will occur. Read more...

How do other illnesses affect stage 3 rectal cancer? Eg, ibs, chron's

Depends. Other diseases generally do not affect the prognosis. Complications and recovery may be higher and longer depending on how debilitated the patient is from these conditions when treatment is rendered for the cancer. Read more...