Cancer answers: How is colon cancer treated?

Written by Dr. Anuj Agarwala on 3/19/2014 9:00:00 AM

Dr. Agarwala is a medical oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

Anuj Agarwala, M.D., cancer doctor

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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