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Bowel cancer treatment and side effects


Rectal tumour debaulking

Can a rectal tumour be debaulked? (I've asked in Ask the nurse too)


Most people with colorectal cancer will have surgery. The type of surgery you have depends mainly on the location of the tumour and how much of the colon, rectum or both needs to be removed.

Surgery is done for different reasons. You may have surgery to:

-completely remove the tumour and nearby lymph nodes
-completely remove cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, such as the pelvis,
liver or lung
-remove as much of the tumour as possible (called debulking) before other treatment
to ease pain or other symptoms (called palliative treatment)