Bowel resection for colorectal cancer

Anatomy of the colon and rectum

Picture of the colon and rectum and where they are in the body
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The colon and rectum are the last parts of the bowel (intestine). The bowel extends from the opening where food leaves the stomach to the opening where feces leave the body (anus). The bowel helps to process food, absorb nutrients and water, and get rid of waste.

Last Updated: October 1, 2008

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology

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