Surgery explained

An operation to remove the cancer is the most common treatment for colon cancer.

  • Types of surgery for colon cancer

    The type of operation you need will depend on the stage of the cancer and where it is in the colon.

  • What happens before the surgery?

    A member of your surgical team will talk to you about your operation and make sure you understand what will happen.

  • What happens after surgery?

    Your specialist nurse will help you recover after surgery. You will probably be ready to go home after three to seven days.

  • Bowel function after surgery

    If you have problems with bowel function after surgery, talk to your surgeon or nurse. There are treatments that can help.

  • If you have a stoma

    Adjusting to a stoma takes time but most people manage well with support from their stoma care nurse.

  • Follow-up care after surgery

    You will have follow-up appointments after your surgery to check on your recovery and any new symptoms.