Rectal Cancer Treatment by Stage
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.