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Colon Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stage 0 Colon Cancer Treatment

Stage 0 colon cancer is the most superficial of all the lesions and is limited to the mucosa without invasion of the lamina propria. Because of its superficial nature, the surgical procedure may be limited.

Standard Treatment Options for Stage 0 Colon Cancer

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Surgery

Standard treatment options for stage 0 colon cancer include the following:

  1. Local excision or simple polypectomy with clear margins.
  2. Colon resection for larger lesions not amenable to local excision.

Current Clinical Trials

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage 0 colon cancer. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.

General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.

WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute

Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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