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Colorectal Cancer: Treatments and Services

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, GA offers rectal, colorectal and colon cancer treatment and surgery for colorectal patients (including gastrointestinal cancer patients) in Georgia and the Southeast.

After the colorectoral cancer is diagnosed and staged, your colorectoral cancer care team will discuss treatment options with you.

It is important to take time and think about all possible choices. In choosing a colorectoral treatment plan, one of the most important factors is the stage of the cancer.

Other factors to consider include overall health, the side effects of the treatment, and the probability of curing the disease, extending life, or relieving colorectoral cancer symptoms.

In considering treatment options, it is often a good idea to seek a second opinion, if possible. This may provide you with more information and help you feel more confident about the treatment plan you have chosen. It is also important to know that your chances for having the best possible outcome are highest in the hands of a medical team that is experienced in treating colorectal cancer.

Each individual colorectoral treatment plan will be developed based on the stage of cancer, characteristics of the tumor, and patient overall health.

One or more of the following types of treatment will be used.

Surgery for Colorectoral Cancer

Surgery is the main treatment method for colorectal cancer. The operation most often used is a partial colectomy (segmental resection). This involves removing the cancer, a section of normal tissue on either side of the cancer, and any local lymph nodes.

Sometimes a temporary or permanent colostomy is needed. This surgery involves attaching the colon to the abdominal wall where fecal matter drains through a hole into a bag attached outside the body. This type of surgery is much more rare than partial colectomy.

Radiation for Colorectoral Cancer

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. Colorectal cancer may be treated using external beam radiation before surgery to shrink the tumor or after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells.

It may also be used in combination with a chemotherapy drug that makes the radiation more effective.

Chemotherapy for Colorectoral Cancer

Chemotherapy uses chemicals to kill cancer cells. There is a variety of chemotherapy drugs available to treat colorectal cancer. Your doctor will design a treatment plan that may use one or more chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer. Chemotherapy may be used in combination with surgery or radiation to maximize the treatment.



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