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Could colorectal cancer come back after treatment?

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For most people, it doesn’t come back, or “recur.” But in about 35% to 40% of people treated for colorectal cancer with surgery and with or without chemotherapy, the cancer may come back within three to five years after treatment. If it does come back, it could be in the colon or rectum, or in another part of the body, such as the liver and lungs.

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American Cancer Society: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

NIHSeniorHealth: "Colorectal Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

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American Cancer Society: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

NIHSeniorHealth: "Colorectal Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

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