Treatment for Colorectal Cancer

Your Memorial Sloan Kettering doctor will recommend a treatment plan for you based on several factors: the location and size of the tumor, how much of the colon or rectum it has penetrated, whether it’s metastasized (spread) to other organs, and whether you have an inherited genetic syndrome.

Our team of colorectal cancer experts — consisting of specialists in medical oncology, surgery, radiation therapy, and other areas — meets regularly to discuss patients’ diagnostic and treatment information. Having representatives of many different disciplines involved in your care ensures that we consider all possible approaches to your treatment, and that we give you the best possible care designed for your specific needs.

Your plan of care may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of those treatments. Your team could also recommend a clinical trials if there’s one they think is right for you.

In some people with a high risk of an inherited colorectal cancer, our doctors may recommend prophylactic (preventive) surgery. Our surgeons can treat these conditions with operations that meet your unique situation, often using minimally invasive techniques. After surgery, patients usually regain normal bowel function after recovery, maintaining a good quality of life with a significantly reduced risk of cancer.