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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is rectal cancer?

Rectal cancer is cancer that begins in the rectum. Malignant, or cancerous cells form in the tissue of the rectum and can spread to other parts of your body.

Symptoms related to rectal cancer

  • History of having blood in the stool on testing

  • Feeling unable to completely empty the bowels, despite trying

  • Blood in stool

  • Stool has become narrower in caliber, like a pencil

  • Feeling the need to pass motion even though nothing comes out

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Abdominal pain

  • Low red blood cell count on blood test

Questions your doctor may ask to check for rectal cancer

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose rectal cancer

  • Have you ever had a positive stool occult blood test?

  • Do you feel like you have not completely emptied your bowels?

  • Is there blood in your stool?

  • Has your stool become thin and narrow (like a pencil)?

  • Do you often have the urge to pass motion but are unable to do so?

Treatment for rectal cancer

Rectal cancer treatment options include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and active surveillance. Depending on the stage of the cancer, a combination of different treatment options may be recommended by your doctor.

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