Colorectal Cancer Surgery

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Colorectal Cancer Surgery

Colorectal cancer surgery is a surgical procedure performed to remove cancerous tumours or affected tissue from the colon or rectum. It is a primary treatment option for colorectal cancer and aims to remove cancer cells, prevent the spread of the disease, and improve long-term outcomes for patients.

When and why do people go for Colorectal Cancer Surgery?

People undergo colorectal cancer surgery when they are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, particularly in cases where the cancer is localized and has not spread extensively to other parts of the body. Surgery is often recommended as the initial treatment for early-stage colorectal cancer or as part of a multimodal treatment approach for more advanced stages. The goal of colorectal cancer surgery is to remove the tumour and any surrounding affected tissue, thereby reducing the risk of cancer spreading and improving survival rates for patients.

What makes Colorectal Cancer Surgery different from other treatment options?

Colorectal cancer surgery differs from other treatment options for colorectal cancer, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy, in that it directly targets and removes cancerous tissue from the colon or rectum. While other treatments may be used before or after surgery to shrink tumours, destroy remaining cancer cells, or prevent recurrence, surgery remains a primary treatment modality for potentially curative intent. Colorectal cancer surgery may involve different techniques, including segmental resection (removal of a segment of the colon or rectum), colectomy (removal of a portion of the colon), or proctectomy (removal of the rectum), depending on the location, size, and stage of the cancer.

How does life change after Colorectal Cancer Surgery?

Life after colorectal cancer surgery can vary depending on the extent of surgery, the stage of the cancer, and the individual's overall health and well-being. While some patients may experience temporary discomfort, pain, or changes in bowel habits following surgery, many find relief from the removal of cancerous tissue and a reduced risk of cancer recurrence. With proper rehabilitation, support, and follow-up care, many patients are able to adapt to these changes and lead fulfilling lives after colorectal cancer surgery. Regular follow-up appointments, monitoring, and ongoing care are essential for managing potential complications, monitoring for recurrence, and supporting long-term recovery after colorectal cancer surgery.

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