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Understanding rectal cancer

Booklet
Published: 01 Apr 2020
Next review: 01 Oct 2022
Edition: 5
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This booklet is about rectal cancer. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with rectal cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends

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Published: 01 Apr 2020
Next review: 01 Oct 2022
Edition: 5

This booklet is about rectal cancer. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with rectal cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends

About this booklet

The booklet explains what rectal cancer is, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also talks about your feelings when you are diagnosed with cancer and has practical advice on dealing with work and finances. When we mention bowel cancer in this booklet, this includes rectal cancer.

View our online information about rectal cancer.

We have separate information about small bowel cancer, colon cancer and anal cancer.

How we can help

Macmillan Cancer Support Line
The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. If you need to talk, we'll listen.
Clinical Information Nurse Specialists
Our Cancer Information Nurse Specialists are dedicated cancer nurses available to talk to on our Macmillan Cancer Support Line. 
Financial guidance
Financial issues can cause worry when someone becomes ill. You may be able to claim benefits to help you in your situation. You may also be able to get financial assistance from other organisations.