Colorectal Cancer

What it is and how it affects your digestive system

What is colorectal cancer?

Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. Colorectal cancer forms when this uncontrolled cell growth initiates with cells in the large intestine and the rectum.

Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your feces. Rectal bleeding or blood in you rear. Common abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain. A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely. Weakness or tiredness. Unexplained weight loss are all things that might indicate that you have colorectal cancer.

Some images of the tumors and the stages the cancer takes

Ways to cope or to relieve pain for colorectal cancer

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays, electron beams, or radioactive isotopes to attack cancer. Radiation therapy causes cancer cell death.

Colorectal cancer surgery

A colectomy (sometimes called a hemicolectomy, partial colectomy, or segmental resection) removes part of the colon, as well as nearby lymph nodes. The surgery is referred to as an open colectomy if it is done through a single incision in the abdomen.