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Ulcerative colitis, or UC, is more localized in nature than Crohn’s disease (CD). Typically, the disease affects the colon (large bowel) including the rectum and anus, and only invades the inner lining of bowel tissue. It almost always starts at the rectum, extending upwards in a continuous manner through the colon. UC can be controlled with medication and in severe cases, can even be “cured” by surgical removal of the entire large intestine.
Can UC be cured?
Yes and no. Because we do not know the cause of UC yet, we do not know the cure. However, if severe symptoms persist in spite of medication and other therapies, a surgeon may resect (remove) the colon. By doing so, the patient is “cured” of UC and the disease will not return anywhere else in the GI tract. In effect, a “cure” has been achieved.
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada funds medical research into IBD, and with the help of our generous donors and partners, we will eliminate these diseases. Please join with us in our mission to “Find the Cure” by clicking on our online donations and giving what you can.
Need more Information?
Your local chapter of CCFC is a powerhouse of health information. Through education, presentation and discussion, people can find resources to help them cope with their UC, and meet others who are living with IBD. Please go to CCFC In Your Community to look up the chapter closest to you. It’s in your best interest to get involved and get informed.