The Best Colon Cancer Treatments Options
By George Anderson
Among the most spread cancers, colon cancer usually occurs in men and women over the age of 50. The main causes
of colon cancer are related to the patient’s diet: very low in fiber and high in fat and calories. By keeping a
healthy life style and good eating habits, you can prevent developing cancer of the colon even before this becomes
a problem. You might also want to try and check your family history for cases of colon cancer and adopt a healthier
diet in order to make sure you will avoid this problem in the future.
Colon cancer treatments are varied and you can choose from a series of traditional and alternative methods of
dealing with this condition. Surgery is often the number one choice – the surgeon removes the tumors on the colon,
even if the cancer cells are spread beyond the colon itself. This ensures less problems in the future of the
patient’s life, reducing chances of bowel problems or internal bleeding. Colon cancer surgery is usually
categorized in four main areas: rectum resection, radio frequency ablation, colostomy and colon resection. The
surgeon will determine which method is best suited for each individual patient. Detecting cancer at a very early
stage is important, as the problem can be corrected in a decisive and final manner. By using a polypectomy, the
surgeon will remove suspicious polyps in order to minimize chances of the disease. Local excision may also be used
in early stages, in order to remove the cancer cells. After surgery, your hospital should provide you with ongoing
support in order to ensure a fast and efficient recovery.
Intra arterial chemotherapy is another treatment worth consideration. This treatment targets tumors by
delivering a powerful dose of chemotherapy. Primary systemic chemotherapy is often used before a surgical procedure
in order to destroy a large majority of cancer cells. Systemic therapy is usually used with metastatic cancer,
while the third method, adjuvant chemotherapy, targets any cancer cells that might have been left over after
surgery. All three chemotherapy procedures are delivered through the hepatic artery and are an option if the cancer
has spread to the liver.
Another choice comes from chemoembolization treatment. In addition to being delivered intra arterially, this
type of treatment blocks the blood flow to the areas affected by cancer. It traps the chemotherapy drugs in the
area of the tumor, thus ensuring that they work efficiently and on target.
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