Surgery for bowel cancer

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Surgery is by far the treatment most likely to result in cure of bowel cancer if the tumour is localised. When bowel cancer is diagnosed at a very early stage, it can be often cured by removing the abnormal tissue at the time of colonoscopy. When this is done, the doctor does not need to cut into the abdomen. More advanced cancers usually require surgical removal of the affected area of the bowel leaving sufficient margins to reduce likelihood of recurrence. Your doctor will discuss the most appropriate type of surgery, depending on the stage of your cancer and its position in the bowel.

Cancer of the bowel can be removed by using one of the following types of surgery:

Potential side effects of surgery include the following:

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