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  1. Rectal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stage Information for Rectal Cancer

    Treatment decisions should be made with reference to the TNM classification system,[1] rather than the older Dukes or the Modified Astler-Coller classification schema. The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and a National Cancer Institute-sponsored panel recommended that at least 12 lymph nodes be examined in patients with colon and rectal cancer to confirm the absence of nodal involvement by the tumor.[2,3,4] This recommendation takes into consideration that the number of lymph nodes examined is a reflection of both the aggressiveness of lymphovascular mesenteric dissection at the time of surgical resection and the pathologic identification of nodes in the specimen. Retrospective studies, such as Intergroup trial INT-0089 [EST-2288], have demonstrated that the number of lymph nodes examined in colon and rectal surgery may be associated with patient outcome.[5,6,7,8]The staging system does not apply to the following histologies:Sarcoma. (See the

  2. Colorectal Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Get More Information From NCI

    Call 1-800-4-CANCERFor more information, U.S. residents may call the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. A trained Cancer Information Specialist is available to answer your questions.Chat online The NCI's LiveHelp® online chat service provides Internet users with the ability to chat online with an Information Specialist. The service is available from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Information Specialists can help Internet users find information on NCI Web sites and answer questions about cancer. Write to usFor more information from the NCI, please write to this address:NCI Public Inquiries Office9609 Medical Center Dr. Room 2E532 MSC 9760Bethesda, MD 20892-9760Search the NCI Web siteThe NCI Web site provides online access to information on cancer, clinical trials, and other Web sites and organizations that offer support

  3. What You Need to Know About Proctoscopy

    Proctoscopy is a quick examination of the rectum to look for signs of colorectal cancer. WebMD tells you what to expect from the test.

  4. Specialists Who Treat Colorectal Cancer

    WebMD guides you through the process of assembling a medical team of specialists to provide the very best treatment plan for colorectal cancer.

  5. What Is Colorectal Cancer?

    WebMD explains the function of the colon and rectum and how colorectal cancer starts.

  6. Tips for Family and Friends of Cancer Patients

    A cancer diagnosis can profoundly affect family and friends. WebMD offers coping tips for loved ones.

  7. Living With a Colostomy

    Having a colostomy requires adjustments, but doesn't have to change your life. Learn more from WebMD.

  8. Colorectal Cancer Prevention

    Learn more from WebMD about preventing colorectal cancer.

  9. Colorectal Cancer and Fatigue

    If you're experiencing fatigue from colorectal cancer treatment, try these coping suggestions from WebMD.

  10. Avastin Questions and Answers

    WebMD answers questions about Avastin, a drug used in the treatment of colorectal and other cancers.

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