How colon cancer is treated depends on the stage of the disease; that is, how large the tumor has grown, how deeply it has invaded the layers of the colon, and whether it has spread to other organs.
When colon cancer is found early, surgery to remove the tumor can lead to a cure. If cancer cells have spread from the primary tumor to the liver, lymph nodes, or other parts of the body, chemotherapy can eliminate new tumors or limit their growth. Depending on specific features of your disease, your doctor may recommend one or a combination of these approaches.
Colorectal cancer expert Karyn Goodman says doctors should consider quality-of-life factors when choosing a treatment for patients with this disease.
If you have recently been diagnosed with colon cancer, contact Memorial Sloan-Kettering to speak with a colon cancer specialist. Talking with one of our doctors before you begin any treatment will offer you the best options for curing or controlling the cancer, while preserving your quality of life.
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