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An operation to remove the cancer is the most common treatment for rectal cancer.
A member of the surgical team will talk to you about your operation and make sure you understand what’s going to happen.
Your specialist nurse will help you recover after surgery and you’ll probably be ready to go home after 3–7 days.
If you have problems with bowel function after surgery, talk to your surgeon or nurse. There are treatments that can help.
Adjusting to a stoma takes time but most people manage well with support from their stoma care nurse.
You will have follow-up appointments after your surgery to check on your recovery and any new symptoms.
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