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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Rectal Cancer, Version 1.2017

Rectal Cancer


that you have cancer

can be overwhelming.

The goal of this book is to help you get the best care. It presents which cancer

tests and treatments are recommended by experts in rectal cancer.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network




) is a not-for-profit

alliance of 27 leading cancer centers. Experts from NCCN have written treatment

guidelines for doctors who treat rectal cancer. These treatment guidelines suggest

what the best practice is for cancer care. The information in this patient book is

based on the guidelines written for doctors.

This book focuses on the treatment of rectal cancer. Key points of the book

are summarized in the

NCCN Quick Guide™

. NCCN also offers patient books

on colon cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, sarcoma, lymphomas, and

other cancer types. Visit

for the full library of patient books,

summaries, and other resources.