Colorectal Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - Treatment Overview
Your treatment for colorectal cancer that has spread or come back may include:
Colorectal cancer often comes
back, even after treatment that seemed successful. Your cancer may return even if you do
everything you can to prevent it. If this happens, focus on what you and your
doctor can do to treat your symptoms to help you feel better and live
Your treatment will depend
on specific information about the cancer, your preferences, and your
Some cases can still be cured. When the cancer can't be cured, treatment can help you feel better
and live longer.
Pain is one of the main concerns of people who have cancer. But cancer pain can almost always be controlled. There are several ways to control your pain, such as using strong medicines like opiates. Or you can have treatments that shrink tumors and block nerve pain.
As your cancer gets worse, you may want to think about palliative care. Palliative care focuses on improving your quality of life—not just in your
body but also in your mind and spirit. It may help you manage symptoms
or side effects from treatment. It can also help with other concerns you may have when you are living with a serious illness, such as making future plans about your medical
care. If you are interested in palliative care, talk to your