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    Anatomy of the colon and rectum

    The colon and rectum and where they are in the body
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    slide 1 of 5, Anatomy of the colon and rectum,

    The large intestine (colon) extends from the cecum to the anus and includes the ascending colon, the transverse colon, the descending colon, the sigmoid colon, and the rectum.

    Colon cancer site

    Cancer in the wall of the descending colon
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    slide 2 of 5, Colon cancer site,

    Cancer is shown in a section of the descending colon.

    Colon section removed

    Possible stoma sites
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    slide 3 of 5, Colon section removed,

    Surgery removes the section of colon that contains cancer.

    Remaining colon attached to create a stoma

    A stoma for a colostomy
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    slide 4 of 5, Remaining colon attached to create a stoma,

    The surgeon connects the end of the remaining section of the colon to an opening made in the skin. This creates a stoma.

    Colostomy pouch in place

    A colostomy bag positioned on the stoma
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    slide 5 of 5, Colostomy pouch in place,

    Body waste passes from the colon through the stoma into a colostomy pouch (or bag), which is taped to your body.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    Current as of: November 14, 2014

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery

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