How is my type of treatment determined?
Treatment for colorectal cancer depends on several factors including the:
- location of the tumor
- stage of the cancer
- tumor pathology
- overall health of a patient
Every case is different. Your best resource is your doctor, who knows the specific details about your diagnosis.
Chemotherapy is treatment with cytotoxic drugs that are injected into a vein (IV) or pills taken by mouth. These drugs travel through the bloodstream and destroy cancer cells.
Radiation therapy is a form of cancer treatment that uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. Rectal cancer is treated with radiation more frequently than colon cancer.
Cancer immunotherapy, also known as immuno-oncology or biological therapy, is a form of cancer treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to help prevent, control, and eliminate cancer.
Targeted therapy uses drugs to target and "turn off" specific genes and proteins that help cancer cells grow.
There are a number of therapies that use chemotherapy, HAI therapy, ablation, radiation, cryotherapy, heat, and other approaches to reduce or remove liver metastases.
Hepatic Artery Infusion (HAI) therapy is an FDA-approved cancer treatment that delivers medicine into the liver through the hepatic artery.
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