Cancer answers: How is colon cancer treated?

Written by Community Health Network on 3/19/2014 9:00:00 AM

Anuj Agarwala, M.D., cancer doctorBy Anuj Agarwala, M.D., board certified in hematology, internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Agarwala is an MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physician.

Not all cancers are the same. Each cancer has its own unique properties and patterns requiring different strategies to treat them. Therefore, our approach to treating colorectal cancer is different from treating other cancers.

When it comes to colorectal cancer specifically, our goal - where possible - is to cure the individual. This becomes easier to do when the cancer is caught early. When patients undergo screening colonoscopies and cancerous polyps are found we can remove them. When tumors are discovered in early stages we can often perform surgery to remove the cancer.

After a surgery there are times when further treatment, like chemotherapy, may be recommended. Chemotherapy is a group of medications that vary based on the type of cancer, and may be given by mouth or intravenously, to kill cancer cells. There are several reasons that may lead to this treatment, but the most common is when cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body.

Colon cancer treatment

Cancer treatment is patient-specific at Community. To learn more about how we treat colon cancer patients at Community Cancer Care, ask Dr. Agarwala.

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