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Is there a cure for rectal cancer?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Kim
Surgery - Colorectal
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Depends on the extent or stage of the rectal cancer.
Many options available, but it is definitely curable.

In brief: Yes

Depends on the extent or stage of the rectal cancer.
Many options available, but it is definitely curable.
Dr. Donald Kim
Dr. Donald Kim
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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Dr. Richard Orr
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!
Dr. Douglas Brewer
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely!

It primarily depends on the stage, or whether the cancer is only in the rectum or has spread to lymph nodes or other organs.
Every patient diagnosed with rectal cancer should have CT scan of the chest abdomen and pelvis and an ultrasound or MRI of rectum. If cancer is not spread everywhere MANY patients are cured with appropriate combinations of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

In brief: Absolutely!

It primarily depends on the stage, or whether the cancer is only in the rectum or has spread to lymph nodes or other organs.
Every patient diagnosed with rectal cancer should have CT scan of the chest abdomen and pelvis and an ultrasound or MRI of rectum. If cancer is not spread everywhere MANY patients are cured with appropriate combinations of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Dr. Douglas Brewer
Dr. Douglas Brewer
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In brief: Early? Yes

Early cancer is usually curable.
Later stages often not

In brief: Early? Yes

Early cancer is usually curable.
Later stages often not
Dr. DEAN LAURENCE LUTRIN
Dr. DEAN LAURENCE LUTRIN
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