Rectal Cancer Directory
The last six inches of the digestive tract is the rectum and anus. You are more likely to develop rectal cancer if you have a history of polyps (abnormal tissue growths) in your colon or a family history of hereditary polyps or colorectal cancer. Other risk factors include age over 40, previous colorectal cancer, or cancer of the ovaries, breast, or lining of the uterus (endometrium). Symptoms of rectal cancer can include a change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation, rectal bleeding, stomachache, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about rectal cancer, what increases risk, how it's treated, and much more.
The Basics of Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer
Immunotherapy, also called biological therapy, is a type of treatment that uses the body's own immune system to fight colorectal cancer. Read about it here.
The Basics of Ileocolectomy and Right Colectomy
Read about laparoscopic ileocolectomy and right colectomy for colorectal cancer and other bowel problems.
Tips for Family and Friends of Cancer Patients
A cancer diagnosis can profoundly affect family and friends. WebMD offers coping tips for loved ones.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Colon Cancer
WebMD offers 10 key questions to ask your doctor about colorectal cancer.
Advances in Colorectal Cancer
New drugs show promise, but more research needs to be done.
Do you know the treatment options for colon cancer?
For colon cancer, there are more treatment options available than ever. Here's what to ask your doctor about.
An uplifting story about a WebMD member and cancer survivor that will encourage readers to go for regular checkups, eat right, avoid smoking, and make the most of life.
New Ways to Diagnose Colon Cancer
New advances in colonoscopy promise faster and easier screenings.