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Surgery

Find out about surgery for early bowel cancer.

Surgery for colon cancer

Find out about different types of surgery for cancer of the large bowel (the colon). The type of operation you have depends on the position of the cancer in the bowel.

Surgery for rectal cancer

Find out about different types of surgery for cancer of the back passage (rectal cancer).

Preparing for surgery

You have an appointment at the pre assessment clinic 1 or 2 weeks before your operation. Find out what happens and the tests you might have.

Going into hospital

Find out about what you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

Find out what happens on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.

Having a colostomy

Read about having a colostomy and find out what support is available to help you look after your stoma.

Having an ileostomy

Read about having an ileostomy and find out what support is available to help you look after your stoma.

After surgery for bowel cancer

Find out how you'll feel after surgery, possible problems after surgery and your follow up appointments. 

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