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Advanced cancer

Advanced bowel cancer is cancer that started in either the back passage (rectum) or large bowel (colon) and has spread to another part of the body. The treatment you need depends on a number of factors including where it is in your body.

Find out more about what it is, symptoms, possible treatments and get tips on how to cope.

What is advanced bowel cancer?

Advanced bowel cancer is cancer that has spread from the back passage (rectum) and large intestines (colon) to other parts of the body, such as the liver. Treatment for advanced bowel cancer can keep it under control, relieve symptoms and give you a good quality of life.

Symptoms of advanced bowel cancer

The symptoms of advanced bowel cancer can include the symptoms for early stage bowel cancer. Other symptoms depend on which part of the body the cancer has spread to.

Treatment for advanced cancer

Advanced bowel cancer starts in either the back passage (rectum) or large bowel (colon) and spreads to another part of the body. Treatment can help to reduce symptoms, make you feel better and sometimes help you live longer. 

Living with advanced bowel cancer

Get support to cope with emotional, practical and physical issues when you have advanced bowel cancer.

Last reviewed: 
19 Nov 2018

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