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Do you need radiation for colon cancer that has spread to your liver?

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You may get radiation if your tumor can't be removed with surgery or to relieve your symptoms.

  • External beam radiation is high-dose radiation that comes from a machine outside your body to target the tumor.
  • Radioembolization sends tiny radioactive beads through the bloodstream to the arteries that feed the tumors where they release a dose of radiation.
  • Brachytherapy uses a tube to send radioactive pellets directly into the cancer for several minutes.

From: When Colon Cancer Spreads to Your Liver WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 29, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/29/2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Colon Cancer by Stage," "Bevacizumab," "Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer."

Cancer Care: "Coping with Colorectal Cancer."

Cancer Research UK: "Surgery for Advanced Bowel Cancer," "Which treatment for advanced bowel cancer."

Johns Hopkins Liver Tumor Center: "Colorectal Liver Metastasis."

Kopetz, S.  , August 2009. Journal of Clinical Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment."

Dominello, M.  , April 2014. Annals of Palliative Medicine

Kress, M.  , published online Feb. 2, 2012. Frontiers in Oncology

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Radioembolization."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 29, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of Colon Cancer by Stage," "Bevacizumab," "Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer."

Cancer Care: "Coping with Colorectal Cancer."

Cancer Research UK: "Surgery for Advanced Bowel Cancer," "Which treatment for advanced bowel cancer."

Johns Hopkins Liver Tumor Center: "Colorectal Liver Metastasis."

Kopetz, S.  , August 2009. Journal of Clinical Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Colon Cancer Treatment."

Dominello, M.  , April 2014. Annals of Palliative Medicine

Kress, M.  , published online Feb. 2, 2012. Frontiers in Oncology

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Radioembolization."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 29, 2017

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