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Colorectal Cancer

Definition

Cancer that develops in the colon (the longest part of the large intestine) and/or the rectum (the last several inches of the large intestine before the anus).

Treatments*

Local treatments treat the tumor without affecting the rest of the body, such as: surgery, ablation, & radiation. Systemic treatments use drugs, given orally or intravenously such as: chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy.

Side Effects*

Side effects may include: nausea & vomiting; diarrhea; fatigue; neuropathy; mucositis; and hand/foot syndrome.

Tips and Tricks

It started as a “small rectal bead” and occasionally it bled, so I assumed it was a hemorrhoid. After three surgeries, it is gone. My doctor sent me to a specialist immediately. So, my advice to you is not to assume you know the cause of rectal bleeding. Post op it just took time and patience. For me, a Squatty Potty was recommended and very helpful. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to a good prognosis.
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The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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