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.
Purpose of This Summary
This PDQ cancer information summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the treatment of anal cancer. It is intended as a resource to inform and assist clinicians who care for cancer patients. It does not provide formal guidelines or recommendations for making health care decisions.
Reviewers and Updates
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There also are things you can do at home to manage side
effects. See Home Treatment for more information.
What to think about
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.