General Information About Rectal Cancer


  • Rectal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the rectum.
  • Age and family history can affect the risk of rectal cancer.
  • Signs of rectal cancer include a change in bowel habits or blood in the stool.
  • Tests that examine the rectum and colon are used to detect (find) and diagnose rectal cancer
  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.

Rectal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the rectum.

The rectum is part of the body’s digestive system. The digestive system takes in nutrients(vitaminsmineralscarbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water) from foods and helps pass waste material out of the body. The digestive system is made up of the esophagusstomach, and the small and large intestines. The colon (large bowel) is the first part of the large intestine and is about 5 feet long. Together, the rectum and anal canal make up the last part of the large intestine and are 6-8 inches long. The anal canal ends at the anus (the opening of the large intestine to the outside of the body).

2911, 2016

TaTME congress – 26 June 2017 – Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands

We would like to personally welcome you to a day of Transanal TME surgery! Transanal TME is a new treatment option, which is expected to revolutionize the surgical treatment of rectal cancer. During TaTME the [...]

1506, 2016

TaTME course Amsterdam 14-15 June 2016

Today hands-on TaTME training in Amsterdam after some wonderful live surgery yesterday! Surgeons from Germany, United Kingdom, South Africa, Romania, Serbia, Netherlands, Malta, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Ukraine are participate in this course at [...]

1506, 2016

Launch TaTME International TaTME Education Collaborative

  Today we want to introduce the new international website of TaTME. This website will show the latest news about TaTME General information suitable for professionals but also patients. Information about courses, proctoring, the registry [...]

1506, 2016

EAES 2016

16 - 18 June the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery in Amsterdam. Many talks and discussion about TaTME, including Satellite Symposium: Taking transanal total mesorectal excision to the next level   Friday, 17th June 2016 12.40 [...]