Treatments for Colorectal Cancer
by Michelle Badash, MS
The goal of treatment is to remove most or all of the cancer. This may also keep cancer from spreading or coming back. When possible the colon and rectum will be preserved so that they can still work as they should. The most common treatment is surgery, but other methods are often used. The treatment plan is based on the type of colorectal cancer, age, general health, and outlook. Palliative care can also be helpfull for those with severe and later stages of cancer.
The care team will be made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and pharmacists. It is important to stay in touch with your care team, follow the course of treatment, and go to appointments to get the best outcomes.
Colorectal cancer treatment includes:
Treatments for many cancers are always changing. Some have yet to be found. As a result, clinical trials exist around the world. You may wish to ask your doctor if you should enlist in a clinical trial. You can find out about them at the https://clinicaltrials.gov website.
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Last reviewed December 2019 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
Last Updated: 2/27/2020
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