Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the body. These extra cells grow together and form masses, lumps, or tumors. In colorectal cancer, these growths usually start as harmless (benign) polyps in the large intestine (colon or rectum).
You can do things at home to help manage the side effects of colorectal cancer or its treatment. Be sure to follow your doctor's advice on any drugs you are taking. Healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may he
Home treatment may be all that is needed to help manage the side effects that often accompany metastatic or recurrent colon cancer or its treatment. Healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help control your
Radiation therapy uses X-rays to destroy colorectal cancer cells. It is often combined with surgery or chemotherapy. Radiation therapy may also be used to reduce the cancer's size when it is blocking the colon or rectum or to relieve pain.
You can have a blood test to look for the changed genes that cause colon cancer, although the test for HNPCC is not as widely available as the test for FAP. A positive result means that you may have one of the changed genes that causes FAP or HNPCC. It also means that your chances of getting colon cancer are very high. A negative result means that no such gene could be found in your blood sample.
Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing if you: Already have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Have a first-degree relative (parent,brother,sister,or child) with an adenomatous polyp or colorectal cancer. Are an African American. Have had adenomatous polyps removed from your colon. This type of polyp is more likely to turn into cancer,but the risk is still very ...