What is Rectal Cancer
Cancer of the rectum-- the last segment of the large intestine is any malignant growth occurring in this region of the body. Because of its proximity to the colon, which may also contain cancerous cells, the two cancers are often referred to as “colorectal” cancer.
The good news about this form of cancer is its slow growth, so it can often be cured with early detection and treatment. This disease occurs in people after the age of 60. Rectal cancer is associated with poor diets, ones low in fiber and high in refined foods.
Rectal Cancer Symptoms
Symptoms include a sudden change in bowel movements or evidence of blood in the stool. Persistent constipation or diarrhea after years of regularity send a message of concern that should not be ignored. Also, there may be a feeling that the bowl has not emptied completely accompanied by tenderness in the rectal area. It’s possible for a person to have none of these symptoms until the cancer causes an intestinal obstruction or rupture. If a rupture occurs, it can lead to peritonitis—a life threatening inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Rectal Cancer Diagnosis
Diagnostic tests include a lower gastrointestinal GI series of x-rays and a colonoscopy - exam of the rectum and colon using a flexible optical tube which is passed through the anus. Other tests include a rectal exam, fecal-occult blood test, and a stool sample analysis.
When cancer is not advanced, we recommend surgery to our patients. If a tumor is developed in the upper part of the rectum, Dr. Aldoroty might remove the diseased portion of the rectum and rejoin the colon to the remaining non-cancerous rectal tissue. If a tumor is developed in the lower part of the rectum, we may advise removing the rectum and anus. In this case, a permanent colostomy is performed to create an artificial exit for feces. After surgery, most of Dr. Aldoroty's patients undergo a regimen of radiation and chemotherapy.
Please contact Dr. Aldoroty's office to learn more about all of the individualized, complete, and advanced medical procedures available to meet your healthcare needs.
For your convenience, his office is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., and by appointment.