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Rectal Cancer Treatment: Recurrent Cancer

Treatment of recurrent rectal cancer (cancer that has come back after treatment) may include the following:
  • Surgery to remove the tumor or as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms caused by advanced cancer
  • Surgery to remove parts of other organs, such as the liver, lungs, and ovaries, where the cancer may have spread
  • Radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy as palliative therapy to reduce the size of the tumor and relieve symptoms caused by advanced cancer.
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