Rectal Cancer Surgery

In rectal cancer, a malignant growth occurs in the wall of the rectum. The rectum is the final part of the large bowel that is immediately after the anus. About 4,000 people develop rectal cancer every year in Australia.

A cancer in the rectum can bleed slowly. Blood may be present after a bowel motion. This can also result in anaemia is the body cannot replace the red blood cells lost by this rectal bleeding. Symptoms can include a feeling of discomfort when you pass a bowel motion and a feeling that you cannot empty your bowel fully. Rectal cancer can also cause changes in your bowel habits. You may get diarrhoea or constipation. The cancer may eventually cause your bowel to become completely blocked. Additionally if the cancer has spread outside your rectum, you may lose weight.

Treatment for Rectal Cancer

There are several different options for treating rectal cancer.

  • Surgery is an effective method to remove the cancer, along with part of your bowel either side of it. Early detection is a key so please consult your doctor with symptoms.
  • Radiotherapy may be used before/after, the operation.
  • Chemotherapy may be used to shrink the cancer before the operation and kill off cancer cells left after the operation. If the cancer is too large to operate on straightaway, chemotherapy is often given along with radiotherapy for 6 weeks to try to shrink the cancer and improve the chance of the operation being a success. A blockage can be treated, without treating the underlying cancer, by forming a stoma (your bowel opening onto your skin).

Your Consultation

Dr. Golani will provide further discussion regarding the specifics of your diagnosis during your consultation. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to select the hospital for your procedure and potentially set the date for your procedure.

The best surgical hospitals are available for your surgery:

For further information or to discuss treatment options, please contact our team for a consultation with Dr Golani. A GP referral will be required prior to your consultation.

Contact Us

To make an initial consultation booking, please contact our office on 02 8599 9819.

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Hornsby Clinic Address:

Madison Building
Suite 7, 25-29 Hunter St,
Hornsby NSW 2077

Phone: (02) 8599 9819

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Fax: (02) 9012 0976
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Our Horsnby clinic is located conviniently next to Hornsby Westfield & Hornsby Station

Mater Clinic Address:

Suite 13, Level 1 Mater Clinic
Mater Hospital
25 Rocklands Rd, North Sydney NSW 2060

Phone: (02) 8599 9819

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Fax: (02) 9012 0976
Mater Clinic
Our Mater clinic is located within Mater Hospital. Parking and Entry (convenient Pickup and Drop Zone) is via 5 Gillies St, Wollstonecraft.
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Norwest Clinic Address:

Suite 301C, Level 3
Q Central Building
10 Norbrik Dr, Bella Vista NSW 2153

Phone: (02) 8599 9819

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Fax: (02) 9012 0976
Norwest Clinic - Q Central Building
Our Norwest - Bella Vista clinic is located within Q Central Building - opposite Norwest Private Hospital. Free Limited Parking is available within the Q Central Building. There is a drop off zone outside of the building. Paid parking is available opposite at Norwest Private Hospital. Additionally there is parking at Woolworths Norwest Circa (5 minutes walk from the Clinic)
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What do I bring to my appointment?

  • Referral letter
  • X-Rays/Scans
  • Test results relating to referral
  • Health fund card
  • Medicare card

Royal College of Surgeons     Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand     Royal College of Edinbirgh     Gastroenterological Society of Australia     Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN)     The Mater Hospital     Norwest Private Hospital