Surgery For Rectal Cancer: Stages 0,I
Surgical removal of a colorectal tumor is the basic therapy for treating most types of rectal cancer Stages 0 and I.
Small polyps which have not invaded the layers of the colon which can be removed with a safety margin of healthy tissue around are generally removed during the same procedure which diagnosed rectal cancer without an incision by using a colonoscope or sigmoidoscope.
There are a variety of surgical procedures through a local excision used with respect to rectal cancer which depend on the size and stage of the cancer.
- If the procedure involves removal of small polyps in your upper rectum it is known as a “polypectomy”.
- If the procedure involves removal of small polyps in the lower rectum, it is known as a “transanal resection.”
Both procedures are usually done on an outpatient basis in either a doctor’s office or an outpatient surgical center. You will be sent home the same day.
For information about:
- A polypectomy, click here.
- A transanal resection, click here.
- Surgery that occurs through the front of the requiring a multi-day stay in a hospital, click here.
NOTE: If you are treated in a hospital other than your local hospital, get a copy of your medical records for the local hospital where you will do the follow up. You are legally entitled to a copy. There may be a charge. For additional information, click here.