COLO-RECTAL CANCER TREATMENT OPTIONS1
Stage 0 (Carcinoma in Situ) 1
Treatment of stage 0 (carcinoma in situ) may include the following types of surgery:
* Local excision or simple polypectomy.
* Resection /anastomosis. This is done when the tumor is too large to remove by local excision.
Stage I Colon Cancer1
Treatment of stage I colon cancer is usually resection /anastomosis.
Stage II Colon Cancer1
Treatment of stage II colon cancer may include the following:
* Resection /anastomosis.
* Clinical trials of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or biologic therapy after surgery.
Stage III Colon Cancer1
Treatment of stage III colon cancer may include the following:
* Resection /anastomosis with chemotherapy.
* Clinical trials of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or biologic therapy after surgery.
Stage IV and Recurrent Colon Cancer1
Treatment of stage IV and recurrent colon cancer may include the following:
* Resection /anastomosis (surgery to remove the cancer or bypass the tumor and join the cut ends of the colon).
* Surgery to remove parts of other organs, such as the liver, lungs, and ovaries, where the cancer may have recurred or spread.
* Radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be offered to some patients as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
* Clinical trials of chemotherapy and/or biologic therapy.
Treatment of locally recurrent colon cancer may be local excision.
Special treatments of cancer that has spread to or recurred in the liver may include the following:
* Chemotherapy followed by resection.
* Radiofrequency ablation or cryosurgery.
* Clinical trials of hepatic chemoembolization with radiation therapy.
Patients whose colon cancer spreads or recurs after initial treatment with chemotherapy may be offered further chemotherapy with a different drug or combination of drugs.
COLO-RECTAL CANCER RESOURCES
Colorectal Cancer coalition
The Colon Club
YES – Gonna BEAT this thing
Featured Colo-rectal mAss Kicker Interviews
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