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2. Stage 2

To rid your body of stage 2 colon cancer, which is cancer that has spread through the wall of the colon and possibly to nearby tissues, your doctor may initially recommend a colectomy, which removes the affected lymph nodes, surrounding blood vessels and tissues, the cancerous tumor, and a section of your colon. Chemotherapy is a controversial treatment at this point. According to the American Cancer Society, your lymph nodes are cancer-free, or node-negative. Therefore, performing chemotherapy after the surgery to prevent cancer from recurring may not be the most efficient route. Only about 5% of people with stage 2 colon cancer benefit; however, chemotherapy may be beneficial in some situations, especially if the tumor tumor is high grade or more aggressive.

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