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What happens after a biopsy for colorectal cancer?

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You'll go home the same day as your procedure. You can expect to feel some discomfort and have some light bleeding for a day or two. Serious complications are rare, but it is possible to get an infection or injury to your colon or rectum.

From: Biopsy for Colorectal Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal cancer screening tests," "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy."

Cancer.net: "Colorectal Cancer -- Diagnosis."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Colorectal Cancer: The Diagnosis and Management of Colorectal Cancer."

University of Mississippi Medical Center: "Colorectal Cancer Biopsy & Pathology."

Mayo Clinic: "Types of biopsy procedures used to diagnose cancer."

Screenforcoloncancer.org: "Colonoscopy."

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center: "Colonoscopy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal cancer screening tests," "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy."

Cancer.net: "Colorectal Cancer -- Diagnosis."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Colorectal Cancer: The Diagnosis and Management of Colorectal Cancer."

University of Mississippi Medical Center: "Colorectal Cancer Biopsy & Pathology."

Mayo Clinic: "Types of biopsy procedures used to diagnose cancer."

Screenforcoloncancer.org: "Colonoscopy."

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center: "Colonoscopy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 09, 2018

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