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Surgery


Laparoscopy

Early colorectal cancer may be removed with the aid of a thin, lighted tube called a laparoscope. Three or four tiny cuts are made into your abdomen. The surgeon looks inside your abdomen and removes growths and tumors and part of the healthy colon. Nearby lymph nodes also may be removed. The surgeon will also check the rest of your intestine and liver to see if the cancer has spread.

Open Surgery

The surgeon makes a large cut into your abdomen to remove the tumor and part of the healthy colon or rectum. Some nearby lymph nodes are also removed. The surgeon checks the rest of your intestines and liver to see if the cancer has spread.