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 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.
Digital Rectal Exam
WebMD explains how a digital rectal exam is used to detect abnormalities, such as growths, in both men and women.
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.
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.
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.
Why Cigarettes are a Woman's Worst Enemy
Sure, cigarettes can harm anybody, men and women alike. But some of smoking's ill effects, from ectopic pregnancy to premature menopause, are reserved for women only.
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.