Non Surgical Treatments

Non-surgical treatment for suspected colon or rectal cancer is only appropriate for some patients. When the cancer becomes more advanced or complex, surgery is usually necessary.

Surgical procedures for bowel cancer are continually evolving and improving. Wherever possible, your doctor will recommend the least invasive surgical option although this will be determined by the type and severity of the condition, as well as other factors such as your age and general health and wellbeing.

Colon and Rectal Cancer

Non-surgical treatment for suspected colon or rectal cancer is only appropriate if the cancer was very small and removed during colonoscopy, or if your general health is not good enough for surgery to be an option.

In some cases when a patient has been diagnosed with rectal cancer and has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy the cancer can disappear. In this situation, we would offer a “watch and wait” approach as not all patients will have been cured by that treatment and surgery may be necessary in future.

FAQ's
Colon / Rectal Cancer Treatment

There are steps that you can take to reduce your risk of developing colon and rectal cancer but you cannot alleviate it completely. You may want to consider: reducing your consumption of red and processed meat, eating more fruit and vegetables, reducing your alcohol intake, taking regular exercise and losing weight if you are obese.

No. Blood in your stool can be caused by other conditions such as haemorrhoids and anal fissures but it is important to get it checked out as blood in your stool can be an indicator of bowel cancer.

It is important to catch bowel cancer as early as possible to stand the best chance of successful treatment. Bowel cancer affects around 41,000 people every year. It can be successfully treated if identified before it has had a chance to spread. If polyps are found in the bowel early enough they can be removed even before they become cancerous.

The majority of colon and rectal cancers occur in people with no family history of the disease. However if you have a close family member who developed the condition before the age of 60, you will be at increased risk and may be offered additional screening.

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