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Preparing for Treatment

A doctor develops a colorectal cancer treatment plan to fit each person's individual needs. Colorectal cancer treatment depends mainly on the location of the tumor in the colon or rectum and the stage of the disease. The doctor can describe the colorectal treatment choices and the expected results.
 
People do not need to ask all of their questions at once. Patients with colorectal cancer will have other chances to ask the doctor to explain things that are not clear, and to ask for more information.
 

Options for Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Treatment for colorectal cancer may involve:
 
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy.
     
Some people have a combination of these treatments.
 
At any stage of colorectal cancer, treatments are available to:
 
  • Control pain and other symptoms
  • Relieve the side effects of therapy
  • Ease emotional and practical problems.
     
This kind of treatment is called supportive care, symptom management, or palliative care.
 
Colon cancer is sometimes treated differently than rectal cancer. Thus, the treatments for colon and rectal cancer are described separately and in more detail in the eMedTV articles:
 

 

You can also read about the different treatment options available by stage in the following articles:

 

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