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Treatment Options for Colon Cancer

Colon cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies or some combination of these. Most people find it helpful to learn about these options and how to cope with their side effects before making a final decision on treatment.

What are the Different Types of Bowel Surgery for Colon Cancer?
Bowel surgery for colon cancer comes in many different shapes and forms. Learn more about resections, laparascopic surgeries, and even complete colectomies here.

Overview of Colon Cancer Surgery
Bowel surgery is the foremost treatment option for colon cancer. Learn about the types of surgeries, risks and procedures used to treat this disease.

Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer
A detailed description of chemotherapy for colon cancer. Learn more about the types of chemotherapy, how it is administered, the side effects and what to expect during your treatment cycles.

Minimally Invasive Bowel Surgery
Technological advances opened the doors to minimally invasive surgeries for colon cancer. Many surgeons already perform colectomies and bowel resections using a laparoscopic approach.

Radiation Therapy for Colon Cancer
Radiation therapy is an effective treatment for colon cancer and commonly delivered as an adjuvant therapy (complements another treatment, such as surgery). Special high-dose x-ray beams are used to kill rapidly dividing cells, like the colon cancer cells.

Help Me Stop the Nausea
Nausea during your chemotherapy treatment is common, but there are many things you can do to help relieve this side effect.

Colon Cancer Treatment Options
Learn more about your colon cancer treatment options to empower yourself through education. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapy are all used to fight this disease. The more you know about treatment options, the better prepared you will be to take an active part in your treatment plan.

How to Care for Your Loved One after a Colectomy
You don't need a medical degree to care for a loved one after a total colectomy. Learn what tools you need in place to prepare for their homecoming and recovery.

Polypectomy
A polypectomy is often performed during the colonoscopy and is a method of painlessly removing polyps from the colon. Learn more about the process, risks and complications of this procedure.

Preparing for a Proctectomy
The surgery used to remove your rectum, and sometimes you anus, is called a proctectomy. This surgery is most often used to treat cancers of the rectum.

Should I Choose a Cancer Treatment Center?
Learn more about how to choose a cancer treatment center and how these establishments can help you during your fight against colon cancer.

Avoiding Chemotherapy Needles
Aside from the traditional needle pokes and prods, there are ways to get chemotherapy through semi-permanent lines and avoid all the needle sticks. Learn more about ports, central lines, and PICC lines here.

Colon Cancer Treatment Overview
A basic overview of colon cancer treatment plus links to more detailed information on surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapies.

Why So Many Blood Tests?
Although no one looks forward to getting their blood drawn, blood tests can tell your doctor much about how you are tolerating your treatment for colon cancer.

Complementary Medicine and Colon Cancer
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) goes by many aliases, including natural, holistic and alternative therapy. Regardless of what you call it, any practice outside of what is prescribed by your doctor may affect your outcome.

Helpful Tips for Newly Diagnosed
Helpful tips for making treatment decisions when first diagnosed with colon cancer.

Reducing Your Risk of Infection
This article is a must read for anyone actively undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for colon cancer. Opportunistic infections can attack your weakened immune system and cause serious complications or even death.

What Should I Ask My Doctor?
Ideas on what questions you may want to ask to help yourself cope with your diagnosis and prepare for treatment.

Surgery Overview
Information on what to expect during and after colon cancer surgery.

Colostomy Basics
Whether permanent or temporary, a colostomy is going to change the way you do things. An ostomy is an artificial opening that is surgically made in your body. People have colostomies surgically created during surgery to create a new way for waste to exit the body, or to allow the remaining colon to rest and heal.

Chemotherapy Overview
Information on what to expect during chemotherapy for colon cancer.

Radiation Therapy Overview
Information on what to expect during radiation therapy for colon cancer.

Targeted Therapies Overview
Basic information on targeted therapies for colon cancer.

What is Monoclonal Antibody Therapy?
Information about treating colon cancer with monoclonal antibody therapy.

Dealing with Chemotherapy Side Effects
Chemotherapy is not a selective treatment – it works by killing cells that rapidly grow and divide throughout your body, which include healthy and cancerous cells. Unlike the cancer cells, the normal cells will regenerate. Learn how to anticipate and mitigate common side effects such asa mouth sores, tingling in the hands and feet, memory...

Advanced Cancer Treatment Options
Advanced cancer treatment offers many options. Deciding what advanced cancer treatment is right for you will help you cope with stage 4 colon cancer.

Palliative Treatment Considerations
Palliative treatment, also known as symptom management or comfort care, is focused on subduing uncomfortable symptoms from a chronic or terminal disease, such as cancer. Learn about the types of treatment options including pain management, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Talk to Your Doctor About Alternative Cancer Therapies
Alternative cancer therapies can be safe, but they can cause harm in some cases. Whether or not an alternative cancer therapy is safe for you depends on a number of things. Before starting alternative cancer therapies, talk to your doctor. Together, you can make informed decisions about which alternative cancer therapies are OK for you.

Treatment of Colon Cancer
Learn more about how colon cancer is treated including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and target therapies.

Staging Colorectal Cancer
Learn what happens from the biopsy of your colon cancer through the staging process.

Living with Colon Cancer
A diagnosis of colon cancer is life-altering. Learn how to take care of yourself while fighting this disease. Learn more about support groups, your medical team, resources and self-care tips here. Maintaining your emotional and physical health may help you in the long run.

Understanding Your Pathology Report
A report written by a pathologist that describes your specific cancer is called a pathology or path report. This important document is a vital part of your cancer treatment and prognosis; keep it in a safe place.

How to Find a Colon Surgeon
If you elect to have bowel surgery for colon cancer, your treatment success will be placed squarely in the hands of your surgeon. Do your research and learn how to find the right colon surgeon for your needs.

Changing Your Colostomy Pouch
Detailed instructions on how to change your ostomy bag appliance and care for the stoma.

Thrush and Other Fungal Infections
Thrush and other yeast infections can occur during your chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer. Although uncomfortable, these infections are usually easily treatable.

Is it Time to Fire Your Oncologist?
Chose your oncologist with care for the best possible treatment of your cancer. You can and should fire your doctor if the care you receive is substandard.

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