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.
Rectal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Stages of Rectal Cancer
After rectal cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the rectum or to other parts of the body.The process used to find out whether cancer has spread within the rectum or to other parts of the body is called staging. The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment. The following tests and procedures may be used in the staging process:Chest x-ray: An x-ray of the organs and bones inside the chest. An x-ray is a type of energy beam that can go through the body and onto film, making a picture of areas inside the body.CT scan (CAT scan): A procedure that makes a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body, such as the abdomen, pelvis, or chest, taken from different angles. The pictures are made by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. A dye may be injected into a vein or swallowed to help the organs or tissues show up more clearly.
The Basics of Laparoscopic Proctosigmoidectomy
A laparoscopic proctosigmoidectomy is a surgery that removes a diseased section of the rectum and sigmoid colon. Learn how it can help treat colorectal cancer.
Colorectal Cancer Glossary of Terms
WebMD provides a glossary of medical terms related to colorectal cancer.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Colon Cancer
WebMD offers 10 key questions to ask your doctor about colorectal cancer.
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For colon cancer, there are more treatment options available than ever. Here's what to ask your doctor about.
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New advances in colonoscopy promise faster and easier screenings.
Advances in Colorectal Cancer
New drugs show promise, but more research needs to be done.