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Surgery for colorectal cancer

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Surgery for colorectal cancer

Surgery is the most common colorectal cancer treatment. Surgery for colorectal cancer may involve removing tumors, the section of the colon in which the tumor was found, surrounding normal tissue and nearby lymph nodes and re-attaching the healthy ends of the intestine. In rare cases, the entire colon may need to be removed.

Patients may receive chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy before and/or after surgery for colorectal cancer. These adjuvant therapies may help shrink tumors before they are surgically removed and are intended to target cancer cells that may remain after surgery.

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