Rectal Cancer Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version)


Rectal Cancer Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version)


This summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the treatment of rectal cancer.

This summary addresses the following topics:

  • General information
    • Adjuvant therapy
    • Advanced disease
  • Cellular classification
  • Stage information
    • TNM definitions
    • American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) stage groupings
  • Treatment option overview
  • Stage 0 rectal cancer
  • Stage I rectal cancer
  • Stage II rectal cancer
  • Stage III rectal cancer
  • Stage IV rectal cancer
  • Recurrent rectal cancer


National Cancer Institute

Funding Sources:

National Cancer Institute


Release Date: 2005
Review Date: 2008
Recent Summary: March 2008
Original Summary: January 2006
Last Updated: 04/11/08

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