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What affects the odds of recurrence in colorectal cancer?

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Some of the things that matter include:

  • How deep the original tumor went into your tissue. The deeper the tumor went into the tissues, the more likely it is to come back.
  • The more lymph glands that were affected by the cancer, the more likely your cancer will return.
  • If the cancer was also in other organs, such as the liver or lungs, it’s more likely to come back.
  • Quality of the surgery: This is most important for rectal cancers, where the surgery can be hard to do.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

NIHSeniorHealth: "Colorectal Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

NIHSeniorHealth: "Colorectal Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

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