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Surgery For Rectal Cancer: Stages 0,I


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Colorectal cancer is cancer  offsite linkthat generally occurs in the colon or rectum. (For a general overview, click here).

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.

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