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The basics of colorectal cancer treatment

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Treatment for colorectal cancer depends on the and type of the disease based on pathology results. You can learn more in-depth information about how doctors colorectal cancers here. Make sure that you receive a copy of your cancer test results, including your pathology report and your . For people with or colorectal cancer, additional testing beyond is usually recommended. See below for more information on these additional tests. 

Types of treatment

Standard treatment may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. People with advanced or recurrent cancers may also be treated with chemotherapy, or . You can learn about these therapies hereClinical trials may be available for any  of cancer.

Additional tests

Tumor testing and genetic testing can provide additional clues about which treatments may work best for your cancer. If you test positive for an linked to endometrial cancer, your results may also help you and your relatives learn about risks for future cancers and ways to manage these risks.   

Ask your doctor to explain your diagnosis, test results and treatment options in terms that you can understand. This will allow you to work with your doctor to choose the best treatment for you.   

Last updated November 12, 2023

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The following organizations offer peer support services for people with or at high risk for colorectal cancer:

updated: 02/10/2023