Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent (cont.)
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Surgery to remove cancer may be used to treat metastatic or recurrent colorectal cancer. The type of surgery chosen depends upon the stage of the cancer. Surgery may be used to remove cancer that is in the colon or rectum. Or surgery may be done to remove cancer that has spread to other organs in the body.
Surgical options include:
If cancer that has returned to your intestine is large, more of your colon or rectum may have to be removed. The ends of your colon or rectum are rejoined during surgery. If they can't be rejoined, you may need a colostomy. Most people do not need a permanent colostomy.
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When cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the kind of surgery you will need depends on where the cancer is and how big the tumor is. Sometimes surgery is used not to cure your cancer but to make your life more comfortable. If a tumor is blocking your colon, for example, the surgeon may remove it to allow your intestine to work normally. If advanced cancer is blocking your rectum, your doctor may place an expandable tube, called a stent, in the rectum to unblock it.
What To Think About
Surgery does not usually cure metastatic or recurrent colorectal cancer. But it may relieve pain and discomfort, slow the spread of the disease, and help you live longer.
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