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Bowel Cancer - Bowel cancer is the third most common form of cancer and involves the growth of cancer in the colon, rectum and/or appendix. The bowel (also called the intestine) is the long tube-shaped organ in the abdomen that is part of the body's digestive system. The bowel has two parts, the small and large bowel. Cancer of the large bowel is also called colorectal cancer (since it forms in the colon and/or rectum). Cancer of the small bowel is also called small intestine cancer.
Since bowel cancer affects everyone differently, bowel cancer symptoms vary. The most common symptoms of bowel cancer include the following: rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, and fatigue. Bowel cancer treatment options are based on a variety of factors, such as the stage of the illness and the patient's health. The most common bowel cancer treatment options are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
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