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How can chemotherapy help with treating colorectal cancer?

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Chemotherapy drugs destroy cancer cells or stop them from spreading throughout your body. You can take the medicines in pill form or through an IV. You can also get them in a blood vessel close to your tumor. There are many types of these drugs. Some work better together, so you may take two or more at the same time. You usually get the treatment for 2 or 4 weeks, then take a break.

You might have chemo after surgery to kill any cancer cells left behind. Or you could have it before an operation to make a tumor smaller and easier to remove. Chemo may help treat cancer pain, too. And it's often the best way to slow the spread of the disease to other parts of your body, such as your liver.

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American Cancer Society: "What are the key statistics about colorectal cancer?;" "How is colorectal cancer treated?;" "Surgery for colorectal cancer;" "Ablation and embolization to treat colorectal cancer;" "Chemotherapy for colorectal cancer;" "Targeted therapies for colorectal cancer;" "Questions you may have about targeted cancer therapies;" and "Radiation therapy for colorectal cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 03, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What are the key statistics about colorectal cancer?;" "How is colorectal cancer treated?;" "Surgery for colorectal cancer;" "Ablation and embolization to treat colorectal cancer;" "Chemotherapy for colorectal cancer;" "Targeted therapies for colorectal cancer;" "Questions you may have about targeted cancer therapies;" and "Radiation therapy for colorectal cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 03, 2018

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