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Colorectal Cancer Health Center

Treatment & Care

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Many colon cancer treatment options are available for colorectal cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Here’s what to expect from each type of treatment and tips for recovery.


Learn how colon polyps are removed and why it’s so important to stay on top of these and other precancerous conditions.

Here’s a quick rundown of the options available for colorectal cancer treatment from surgery to cutting-edge biologic therapy.

Here you’ll find detailed information on how the various stages of colon cancer are treated -- from stage 0 to stage IV and also recurrent colon cancer.

Here you’ll find detailed information on how the various stages of rectal cancer are treated -- from stage 0 to stage IV and also recurrent rectal cancer.

Learn about the different ways chemotherapy is used to treat colon cancer and rectal cancer and the side effects of commonly used chemotherapy drugs.

New medications called monocolonal antibodies are the latest options for treating colon cancer and rectal cancer. Learn more here.

Some people require a colostomy -- an opening between the surface of the skin and the colon -- after colon cancer surgery. It can be permanent or temporary. Learn when it may be necessary.

Learn more about surgery to treat colorectal cancer here.


People with colorectal cancer often encounter several types of doctors when going through treatment. Learn about the different specialists and find out how to build your cancer team.

Be your own best advocate. Know which questions to ask your doctor about your type of colorectal cancer.

Partnering with your doctor helps give you a sense of control and may lead to better treatment. Here’s how to get started.

Getting control of pain that you may have is vitally important. Find out what causes cancer pain and which treatments may be right for you.

Learn about a new way some doctors are using to gauge a patient’s level of pain -- and determine if more -- or less -- pain treatment is needed in this WebMD video.

Learn about cupping, an alternative medicine treatment for cancer pain, in this WebMD video.

Thanks to new drugs and other treatments, you can control nausea from chemotherapy. Find out how.

Learn simple ways to cope with the “terrible triad” of nausea, hair loss, and fatigue from chemotherapy.

Tired and worn out? Check out WebMD’s animated guide on chemotherapy-related anemia to see if anemia may be the cause.

What does the future hold? Learn more about the outlook for colorectal cancer and what happens if the cancer comes back.

Regular checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noticed; and if the cancer returns, it can be treated as soon as possible.

Clinical Trials

Learn about colorectal cancer clinical trials. Then, check out sites chosen by WebMD doctors that offer information and services to help you determine if a clinical trial may be right for you.

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