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How is recurrent colorectal cancer treated?

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Doctors call colorectal cancer “recurrent” if it comes back (recurs) after treatment. It may come back in or near the same area, or in a different part of your body.

Recurrence is most likely in people who had more advanced colorectal cancer the first time.

Treatment may involve:

  • Surgery to remove the recurrences
  • If all the cancer can't be removed in an operation, chemotherapy is the main treatment
  • Clinical trials are also an option

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American Cancer Society.

FDA.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 26, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

FDA.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 26, 2017

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