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!
Yes. Early stage rectal cancer can be cured. "cure" usually means no detectable cancer 10 years after treatment. Late stage rectal cancer is generally not curable.

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How treatable/curable is rectal cancer?

Very treatable! Many rectal cancers are curable, from stage 1-3 (with lower stage having better statistics), and even stage 4 is treatable, meaning that treatment prolongs life! so getting a great treatment is important and worthwhile. Read more...
Treatable. All rectal cancers are treatable , only early cancers are curable , a compelling reason to go for regular check ups, screening colonoscopy over the age of 50. Read more...
The goals of. Rectal cancer treatement are curing the disease and maintaining anal sphincters. Very low recal lesions may make the former a credible possibilty, but not the latter. Preoperative therapy improves this possibility. While some tumors are biologically bad, early detection and intervention saves lives and maintains function. Read more...
Very. It depends upon the stage at refine of diagnosis, but most rectal cancers can be successfully treated. Some can be treated with surgery alone, but some require radiation and chemotherapy as well. The anys can be preserved (colostomy avoided) in most cases. Read more...

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...
Variable. Obstruction constipation bleeding weight loss feeling of fullness some are not symptomatic until late and have spread. Read more...

What are the symptoms of rectal cancer?

Varies. Rectal cancer is similar to colon cancer except that it is in the lower end of the colon. There may be no symptoms in early cases. Depending on the size and location of the cancer, there may be blood in stool, a feeling of fullness in the rectum and desire to pass stool, anemia, weight loss and symptoms from spread to adjoining organs. Read more...
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...

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...
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. Read more...

What is the rate of survival for rectal cancer?

Depends on staging. Median survival of about 27-30 months in metastatic disease who response to proper treatment. Read more...
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...