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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 longer.

Your treatment will depend on specific information about the cancer, your preferences, and your health.

Some cases can still be cured. When the cancer can't be cured, treatment can help you feel better and live longer.

Pain control

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 actionset.gif control your pain, such as using strong medicines like opiates. Or you can have treatments that shrink tumors and block nerve pain.

Supportive care

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 doctor.

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