What Is Capecitabine Used For?
Understanding Colorectal CancerColorectal cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells begin in the tissue of the colon or rectum. Cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer, and cancer that begins in the rectum is called rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is another name for these forms of cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.
There are a number of possible symptoms of colorectal cancer, such as blood in the stool or unexplained weight loss (see Colorectal Cancer Symptoms to learn about specific signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer).
Colorectal cancer treatment may involve:
- Surgery (see Colon Cancer Surgery or Rectal Cancer Surgery)
- Radiation therapy (see Radiation Treatment for Colon Cancer or Rectal Cancer)
- Chemotherapy (see Colon Cancer Chemotherapy or Rectal Cancer Chemotherapy).
Some people have a combination of these treatments. While most chemotherapy medications are given intravenously (by IV), capecitabine is a form of chemotherapy that can be taken by mouth.