Symptoms of Colorectal CancerThere are a number of possible symptoms of colorectal cancer, such as blood in the stool or unexplained weight loss. However, other conditions may cause the same symptoms.
(Click Colorectal Cancer Symptoms to learn more.)
How Is Colorectal Cancer Diagnosed?To make a colorectal cancer diagnosis, your doctor may perform one or more tests. Some of these are the same tests used for colorectal cancer screening. They can include:
Stages of Colorectal CancerColorectal cancer stages are based on whether the tumor has invaded nearby tissues, whether the cancer has spread and, if so, to what parts of the body. Knowing the stage of colorectal cancer is important in planning treatment.
The different colorectal cancer stages are:
- Stage 0
- Stage I
- Stage II
- Stage III
- Stage IV
- Recurrent colorectal cancer.
Treating Colorectal CancerPeople with colorectal cancer have many treatment options available to them, such as:
- Radiation therapy
Many people receive more than one type of treatment for colorectal cancer, and the choice of treatment depends mainly on the type and stage of the cancer. Your doctor can discuss your treatment choices with you and the expected results.
Colon cancer is sometimes treated differently than rectal cancer. Thus, the treatments for the two are described separately and in more detail in the following eMedTV articles:
You can also learn about the different treatment options based on the stage of the cancer by going to: