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 Laparoscopic Total Abdominal Colectomy
Laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy is a surgery that removes the large intestine to treat inflammatory conditions of the intestine, such as ulcerative colitis and familiar polyposis. Learn more from WebMD about the procedure.
Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
Here are some common symptoms of colorectal cancer.
What Is a Registry for Colorectal Cancer?
Read about centers that maintain a list, or registry, of patients and their families with inherited syndromes that lead to colorectal cancer.
Treating Precancerous Colon Conditions
Learn about treating polyps and other colon conditions that could lead to 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.