The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


The aim of surgery for colorectal cancer is to cure the cancer by removing it. The surgeon removes the part of the bowel that is cancerous and some of the tissue around it.

The operation may be performed by keyhole surgery (laparoscopically) or larger cut on the abdomen (an ‘open’ operation). It may be necessary to create a stoma (called an  ileostomy or colostomy) which can either be permanent or temporary.

If a stoma is required the colorectal nurse specialist provides expert guidance and advice on how to manage this. More information about stomas.

See sections below for more information on surgery for