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COLON CANCER TREATMENT

Treatment of colon cancer has changed significantly over the past decade. For many years, colon cancer patients had only one drug to use, and it was not very effective. Today, there are many treatments available for colon cancer, although access to these treatments remains a challenge in many countries. 

Treatment largely depends upon the location of the tumor in the colon or rectum and the stage of the disease. Treatment for colorectal cancer may involve surgery, chemotherapy, biological therapy or in some cases, radiation. Some people have a combination of treatments. Treatment for colon cancer is sometimes different than treatment for rectal cancer. Cancer treatment can be local therapy or systemic therapy.

 

Treatment Options for Colon Cancer

 

Stage 0 (Carcinoma in Situ)

 Treatment of Stage 0 (carcinoma in situ) may include the following types of surgery:

Stage I Colon Cancer

Treatment of stage I colon cancer usually includes the following:

Stage II Colon Cancer

Treatment of stage II colon cancer may include the following:

Stage III Colon Cancer

Treatment of stage III colon cancer may include the following:

Stage IV and Recurrent Colon Cancer

Treatment of stage IV and recurrent colon cancer may include the following:

IMPORTANT: Always ask your doctor which treatment options may be recommended or approrpriate.

 

Colon Cancer Fact

Genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer was discovered in an 18th century Hungarian mummy