Now that you know what is wrong, your next step is to determine the best course of treatment for your colorectal cancer. You have several options to consider. Your doctor will advise you on the best approach to take. Treatments may include the following, alone, or in combination:
As with many cancers, a team approach to treating colorectal cancer is often used. In addition to receiving care by nurses, social workers and counselors, and dieticians, you may also be treated by one or more of the following doctor specialists.
Treatment options for local control:
Resection of locally recurrent rectal cancer may be curative in selected patients.
Palliative surgical resection with either low-anterior resection (LAR) or abdominoperineal resection (APR).
Palliative radiation therapy.[2,3]
Chemotherapy alone for local control.
Palliative, endoscopic-placed stents to relieve obstruction.