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Colon Cancer Treatment

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Colon Cancer Treatment

By Julie Wilkinson, BSN, RN, About.com Guide to Colon Cancer

There are so many cancer treatments it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. If you're looking for information about colon cancer treatment, this is a good place to start.

  1. Surgery
  2. Chemotherapy
  3. Radiation Therapy
  4. Clinical Trials

Surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for colon cancer. These articles will help you understand, prepare for and recover from your surgery.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is sometimes recommended for stage 2 colon cancer, and usually recommended for stage 3 and stage 4 colon cancer in combination with biologic therapies that specifically target cancer cells. These articles will help you understand, prepare for and cope with chemotherapy.

Radiation Therapy

You may receive radiation therapy before surgery to shrink the tumor, after surgery to help prevent the tumor from coming back, or instead of surgery to destroy cancer cells in tumors that can't be surgically removed. These articles will help you understand, prepare for and cope with radiation therapy.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are studies of new treatments that appear promising on paper but haven't been proven yet. That's why they're often referred to as experimental treatments. Clinical trials can be a valuable option when conventional treatment isn't available or wasn't effective.

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