Colorectal cancer requires expert care. Our doctors treat cancer every day.
Colorectal cancer is the term for cancers found in the colon or rectum, which together make up the large intestine. Colorectal cancer, one of the most common cancers in the United States, affects both men and women. The treatments and side effects of this disease may impact your quality of life. That’s why it’s important to turn to doctors with expertise in this cancer type—experts who will work to help you understand the disease and the array of treatment options available to you. The gastroenterologists and oncologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) understand the complexities of colorectal cancer and what you can do to fight it.
Our cancer hospitals treat this disease with a commitment to comprehensive, personalized care, developing treatment plans individualized for each patient’s specific needs. Your care regimen is designed to help you maintain your quality of life, while providing treatment options targeted to your cancer type and stage. At CTCA®, we take an integrative approach to patient care, combining evidence-based colorectal cancer treatments with side-effect management techniques, to treat not just the disease but the whole person.
When caught early, colorectal cancer may be treated with a colonoscopy to remove polyps or cancerous cells from the lining of the colon. Advanced diseases may require surgery to remove some of or, in rare cases, the entire colon. Other treatment options include immunotherapy, targeted therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Your multidisciplinary team of colorectal cancer experts will answer your questions and recommend treatment options based on your unique diagnosis and needs.
Surgery is the most common treatment for this cancer type and may involve removing tumors, the affected section or sections of the colon and nearby lymph nodes.
Radiation therapy is often delivered before or after surgery, to shrink tumors or kill cancer cells that may remain behind.
Chemotherapy is often given before or after surgery to shrink tumors or kill cancer cells, especially or if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Immunotherapy may be an option for patients whose cancer has specific genomic features.
Targeted therapy uses bio-engineered drugs that target specific proteins found on cancer cells. These drugs may be used alone or in combination with other treatments.