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Are colon cancer and rectal cancer the same thing?

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Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma.
They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer.

In brief: Somewhat

Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma.
They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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