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Colon, Rectum and Anus Cancers

In 2018, it is estimated that 97,220 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women. Of those, 43,030 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer. In addition, about 8,580 people will learn they have anal cancer. Patients with these types of cancers often benefit from radiation therapy as part of treatment. Some cancers involving the bowel run within families (hereditary colorectal cancers). It is important to discuss your diagnosis with family members so they can decide with their doctors whether they need to be screened for colorectal cancers. This is especially important if you were diagnosed with a colorectal cancer before age 50 or if there are several other types of cancers that run in your family.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

Once a cancer diagnosis is made, you will likely talk with your primary care physician along with several cancer specialists to discuss what happens before, during and after treatment.

CLINICAL TRIALS

 
Cancer specialists regularly conduct studies to test new treatments. These studies are called clinical trials. Clinical trials are available through cancer doctors everywhere — not just in major cities, university centers or in large hospitals.

SIDE EFFECTS

SIDE EFFECTS

Most of the side effects of radiation therapy are limmited to the area being treated. Short-term side effects are related to injury to normal rapidly dividing cells. They are usually temporary, mild and treatable.

TREATMENT TEAM

TREATMENT TEAM

While you undergo radiation therapy, a team of highly trained medical professionals will be working together to make sure you receive the best possible care.
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