Colorectal Cancer

An Overview of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is cancer that affects the colon and rectum, and usually the cancer is delineated into either colon or rectal cancer based on where it begins. Overall, though, both colon and rectal cancers have enough in common that it is worthwhile to group them together. On top of having common symptoms and outcomes, they are treated in similar ways.

General Cancer Stages

While individual cancer stages have their own nuances, it is worthwhile remembering that there are four general cancer stages that the disease can progress through. They are generally divided by tumor size and behavior.

  • Stage 1: The tumor is confined to its organ of origin, either the colon or rectum.
  • Stage 2: The tumor is larger and more irregular in shape, but usually is still confined to the tissue it originated in.
  • Stage 3: At this point, the tumor is noticeably made up of aggressive, abnormal cells. Some aggressive cancers may move slightly out of the original organ or tissue at this stage.
  • Stage 4: This happens when a cancer has moved into surrounding organs and tissues.

What patients need to realize is that while these tumor stages are slightly fluid, they are not the only times that cancer can be caught and treated. It is also possible to catch and treat many precancerous conditions to avert the full development of the disease.

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If You Need Cancer Treatment

If you are looking for a Palmer cancer center to take care of your treatment, then you need to call to make an appointment soon. Seeking local Palmer colorectal cancer treatment can be easy, and you can access some of the most experienced cancer doctors in the area if you call today to make your appointment for a consultation.