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The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective diagnosis, treatment and therapy for rectal cancer in Orlando for residents of Central Florida and the surrounding regions. Colorectal cancer invades the colon or rectum, and usually begins as a small, mushroom-shaped polyp. These common, fleshy adenomatous growths are usually benign, but may turn cancerous over time. You may experience symptoms like bleeding or a change of bowel routine or you may not have any symptoms at all. Colorectal cancer is most often discovered by colonoscopy, performed either in response to symptoms or as part of preventative screening. To learn more about treatment for rectal cancer in Orlando, or to request an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

Symptoms of Rectal Cancer

One of the most common symptoms is bleeding. When bleeding occurs in sufficient volume, blood can easily be spotted in the feces.  But if bleeding is very slight or intermittent, blood might only be revealed in chemical testing.  Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not happening.  When polyps and tumors grow large, other symptoms can also appear.

  • Unexpected constipation or diarrhea
  • Blood visible in (or on) stool
  • Anemia
  • Abdominal or gas pain
  • Atypical weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
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Risk Factors for Rectal Cancer

If you live in the United States, the risk of developing colon cancer at some point in your life is about 7%, or about 1 in 14. Certain factors have been shown to affect those risks.

  • Colon Polyps: Most colorectal cancers start as polyps.  The removal of any polyps found during a colonoscopy reduces the risk of colon cancer later on.
  • History of cancer: Women who have had breast, ovarian, uterine or other glandular cancer are also at higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.
  • Heredity: If your family has a history of colon cancer, you may be at higher risk, especially if multiple relatives or a close relative under age 55 have had it. You will need to get screened at an earlier age. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Patients with a history of inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis have a higher chance of developing colorectal cancer.
  • Age: Cases of colorectal cancer before age 50 are less common, but rates appear to be on the rise worldwide. Your risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. Most cases appear in patients in the 60-70 year old range.
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Tests to Diagnose Rectal Cancer

Tests to diagnose rectal cancer may include the following, depending on your symptoms:

Colonoscopy
Sigmoidoscopy
Virtual colonoscopy
Probe-based laser confocal endomicroscopy
DNA stool tests
Staging tests

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Treatment for Rectal Cancer

Treatment for Rectal Cancer may include the following:

  • Surgery
  • Robotic surgery 
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy (chemoradiation)
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy
  • Lifestyle counseling
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Request an Appointment

To learn more about treatment for rectal cancer in Orlando, or to request an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Or fill out our online assistance form and one of our coordinators will get back to you within one business day.

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