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Rectal Cancer Specialist

Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford

Colon and Rectal Surgeons located in Bloomfield, South Windsor, & Plainville, CT

Though rectal and colon cancer have many similarities, treatments are different. Due to its location, surgical treatment for rectal cancer is complex, and other treatments are often needed to improve outcomes. The experienced team at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford work with a multidisciplinary tumor board comprised of pathologists, radiologists, and medical and radiation oncologists to assist in managing your rectal cancer care. We also offer advanced minimally invasive surgical options for removing the cancerous tissue. To discuss your surgical options for rectal cancer, contact the office in Bloomfield, South Windsor, or Plainville, Connecticut, by phone or book online today.

Rectal Cancer Q & A

What is rectal cancer?

Rectal cancer is a cancer that develops in the rectum, the last portion of your large intestines where your body stores stools before evacuation. Because of its location and proximity to other organs, treatment for rectal cancer is more complex than colon cancer.

You could be at risk of developing rectal cancer if it (or colon cancer) runs in your family, you have an inflammatory bowel disease, or you have a history of polyps. As you age, your risk of developing rectal cancer increases.

What are rectal cancer symptoms?

Rectal cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms and might only be found after a colon cancer screening. The American Cancer Society recommends adults start colorectal screenings at age 45 — sooner if you have colon cancer risk factors.

Rectal cancer’s most common symptoms are:

  • Change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)
  • Narrow stool
  • Blood in your stool
  • Mucus in your stool
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford to schedule an evaluation.

How is rectal cancer diagnosed?

The team at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford diagnose rectal cancer during a colonoscopy. During this procedure, the colorectal specialists use a colonoscope, a thin tube with a light and camera, to evaluate the lining of your rectum and colon.

If your specialist finds any abnormal tissue, samples are taken and sent to the lab for evaluation. Your specialist also removes polyps from your rectum and colon during your colonoscopy. Though often benign, over time, polyps can turn into cancer.

How is rectal cancer treated?

The experts at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford work with a multidisciplinary tumor board to determine the best treatment for your rectal cancer. Your treatment plan can include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy.

The experts at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford specialize in rectal cancer surgery and use advanced minimally invasive techniques, including:

  • Robotic surgery
  • Transanal excision
  • Transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS)
  • Advanced laparoscopy
  • Transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME)

The type of surgery best suited for you will depend on the stage of your cancer, where it’s at, the size of your tumor, and your overall health.

For expert surgical management of your rectal cancer, contact Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford by phone or book an appointment online today.

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