Chemotherapy is the use of medicines to control
the cancer's growth or relieve symptoms. Often the medicines are given through a
needle in your vein. Your blood vessels carry the medicines through your body.
Sometimes the medicines are available as pills. And sometimes they are
given as a shot, or injection.
Several medicines are used to
colorectal cancer. There are also several medicines
available for treating side effects.
Fighting colorectal cancer often requires a number of different treatments: chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. No single doctor can handle all aspects of your treatment for colorectal cancer. Here's how to assemble a team of experts to help you.
There also are things you can do at home to manage side
effects. See Home Treatment for more information.
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radiation may be combined to treat some types of
colorectal cancer. Radiation or chemotherapy given before or after surgery can
destroy microscopic areas of cancer to increase the chances of a cure.
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January 21, 2014
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