Colorectal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the colon These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common. Cancer starts when cells in the body start to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer and can spread to other areas of the body. Signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer can include a change in bowel habits, blood in the stool, diarrhea, vomiting,  constipation, frequent gas pains/bloating/cramps, unexplained weight loss, and tiredness.

Who treats colorectal cancer?

Gastroenterologists, surgical oncologists, colorectal surgeons, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists.

Treatment options:

  • Surgery
  • Ablation and Embolization
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapy drugs
  • Immunotherapy

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Source: National Cancer Institute



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