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Types of surgery for colorectal cancer

There are several types of colorectal cancer surgeries. The specific surgery is determined by the location of the disease.

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Surgery as treatment for colorectal cancer

Surgery is the most common treatment for early-stage colorectal cancer. The surgery type depends on the stage and location of the cancer. Colorectal surgery involves the removal of the tumor and some of the surrounding tissue. Removing all or part of the colon is called a colectomy. This kind of surgery is called a surgical resection. Cancer that can be completely removed with surgery is called resectable.

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What is a colectomy and what to expect

If your doctor has recommended a colectomy as part of your treatment for colorectal cancer, check out this video to learn more about the surgery.

Common surgeries for colorectal cancer

Below are the most common colorectal cancer surgeries. Click on each to learn more.

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What side are you on?

Research suggests that there are biological differences between left-sided and right-sided colon cancers.

That means that where a tumor starts to grow in the large intestine will determine treatment and prognosis.

It's important to understand on which side your colorectal cancer began.

No one should experience colorectal cancer alone

Our national network of survivors and advocates are standing by. Whether you have questions about surgery or just need to vent — there is tremendous strength in our community.

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