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Can rectal cancer be treated surgically?
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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Dr. Scott Browning
Surgery - Colorectal
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Browning
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