Colon Cancer Treatments

August 23, 2009 0 Comments

There are many different colon cancer treatments available today, both natural and non-natural.

If you want more information about natural options I recommend you contact your natural health care practitioners and ask for advice.

I will briefly outline what treatment is generally given in today’s hospitals.

The type of treatment your doctor recommends will depend on how far your cancer has developed, in other terms, what stage it has progressed to.

For example, the early signs of colon cancer require less stressful techniques than the last stages of colon cancer.

Here is a quick list…

Stage 0 (Carcinoma in Situ) – The usual treatment here is by a colonoscope and is usually pain-free and without complications. If the tumor is too large to remove by a local excision, a resection will be used. This is when a part or all tissue is removed from an organ.

Stage 1 – The most common treatment is a resection and anastomosis. Anastomosis simply means that after the resection, the surgeon will connect healthy parts of your body to replace the removed sections.

Stage 2 – Various different treatment options can be tried. Resection and anastomosis with chemotherapy is usually tried. After your treatment you might go through biological therapy, this is where your immune system is restored and given a boost so that your immune system is strong enough to fight infections and other diseases.

Stage 3 – This stage usually looks a lot like Stage 2. Resection, anastomosis with chemotherapy, followed by biological therapy.

Stage 4 – Again, resection and anastomosis is tried. Chemotherapy (also known as radiation therapy) with biological therapy may be used as well.

Clinical Trials – Patients are sometimes given the option to try new ways to treat cancer. These might be new drugs or new methods that are still in the experimental phase.

If you’d like to read more, feel free to browse the related articles below for more information. Learning more about this disease can help you prevent and cope with it.

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