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Colon Cancer FAQs

What is colorectal cancer?
The colon and rectum are a part of the large intestine and their function is to absorb nutrients and water from the food that passes through the intestine before it goes out of the body. Colorectal cancer is the disease that affects the cells from the colon and rectum creating a malign or benign tumor.

What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer?
Following are the symptoms of Colorectal cancer
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Blood in stool
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • General stomach discomfort
  • Frequent gas pains
  • A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Weight loss with no known reason
  • Constant tiredness

How can colorectal cancer be treated?
Treating cancer is made after staging the disease, meaning that the doctors will try to find out how much the cancer has spread. The most indicated procedure is surgery because it removes the tumor. In some cases the tumor will not reappear. Sometimes, during the surgery the doctor will be forced to perform a colostomy. If the cancer has spread, chemotherapy or radiation therapy will be recommended because it will kill the cancerous cells and will stop them from dividing and spreading even more.

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