Treatments for bowel cancer can include:
- radiation therapy (radiotherapy)
- targeted therapy
- palliative care.
Most people with bowel cancer have one or more of these treatments. Not all treatments are suitable for every person or every type of bowel cancer.
Choose the option that best suits your situation
The type of surgery you have depends on your cancer.
Radiation therapy is a way of treating cancers using X-rays or other types of radiation.
Chemotherapy, also known as chemo, is a way of treating cancer using drugs.
Targeted therapy uses drugs that affect specific cells in some cancers.
Immunotherapy helps the body’s immune system to fight cancer.
Palliative care deals with managing symptoms and improving quality of life.
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