TreatmentPeople with colon cancer have many treatment options available to them. These treatment options include:
- Surgery (see Colon Cancer Surgery)
- Radiation therapy (see Radiation Treatment for Colon Cancer)
- Chemotherapy (see Colon Cancer Chemotherapy).
Many people receive more than one type of treatment for colon cancer, and the choice of treatment depends mainly on the stage of colon cancer. Your doctor can describe your treatments and the expected results of each. You and your doctor can work together to develop a treatment plan that meets your medical needs and personal values. Choosing the most appropriate colon cancer treatment is a decision that ideally involves the patient, family, and healthcare team.
(Click Colon Cancer Treatment for an overview of how the disease is treated.)
(Click Colon Cancer Treatment by Stage for more information on specific treatments for each stage of colon cancer.)
Prognosis for Colon CancerMany factors affect a person's colon cancer prognosis. Some of the most important factors are the type and location of the colon cancer and the stage of the disease (the extent to which the cancer has metastasized, or spread).
Other factors that may also affect the prognosis include the person's:
- General health
- Response to treatment.
(Click Colon Cancer Prognosis for more information.)