Colorectal Cancer Overview

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Treating Colon/Rectum Cancer TOPICS

How is colorectal cancer treated?

This information represents the views of the doctors and nurses serving on the American Cancer Society's Cancer Information Database Editorial Board. These views are based on their interpretation of studies published in medical journals, as well as their own professional experience.
The treatment information in this document is not official policy of the Society and is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your cancer care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.
Your doctor may have reasons for suggesting a treatment plan different from these general treatment options. Don't hesitate to ask him or her questions about your treatment options.

About treatment

The 4 main types of treatment for colorectal cancer are:

Depending on the stage of your cancer, 2 or more types of treatment may be used at the same time, or used one after the other.

Take your time and think about all of your treatment choices. You may want to get a second opinion. This can give you more information and help you feel better about the treatment plan you choose. Your chances of having a good outcome are highest in the hands of a medical team that has experience in treating colorectal cancer.


Last Medical Review: 08/15/2013
Last Revised: 01/31/2014