Rectal Cancer Treatment by Stage
Recurrent Rectal Cancer
Recurrent rectal cancer means the cancer has come back after treatment. The cancer can recur near the site of the original cancer in the rectum (local recurrence) or in distant organs. Treatment includes:
- Surgery to remove local recurrences; studies show that this can help patients live longer.
- If surgery can't remove all of the recurrences, many experts recommend chemotherapy with or without radiation. This can sometimes shrink the tumor enough to allow surgical removal of the tumor afterwards.
Patients may ask their doctors if there are clinical trials in which they can participate that are testing new treatments.