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What are the treatment options for colon cancer?

Surgery is the most common treatment for colon cancer. Minor surgery may be able to remove all of the cancer if it's in the early stages. In later stages, surgery might require removing part of the colon. Chemotherapy can be used to target the cancer cells, and is most often used when the cancer has spread beyond the colon. Radiation therapy may also be used. People in later stages of colon cancer may use various medications to attack defected cells.

Colorectal cancer is highly treatable when discovered early. Even if it spreads into nearby lymph nodes, surgery followed by chemotherapy and/or different types of radiation can be successful. Some people may avoid it, but it's better to have a screening colonoscopy than cancer.

Dr. Daniel M. Labow, MD
Surgical Oncologist

Colon cancer treatment varies depending on when the cancer is detected, says Daniel Labow, MD, an oncology surgeon. In this video, he explains that some polyps can be removed during colonoscopy. Advanced cancers may require chemotherapy and surgery.

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