The treatment of early bowel cancer can vary depending on its location within the colon or the rectum, but usually involves an operation to remove part of the bowel.
Depending on the stage of the cancer, patients may receive a short course of radiotherapy before surgery, or a longer course, possibly combined with chemotherapy.
Patients with colon cancer usually do not receive radiotherapy, but depending on the results of their operation may require a course of chemotherapy to reduce the risk of the cancer returning.
Advanced or metastatic bowel cancer can be kept under control with a host of chemotherapy drugs and newer targeted therapies available at the Clatterbridge Private Clinic.
Anal cancer is quite different to colorectal cancer and can usually be treated with a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, with surgery reserved for cases where this approach is unsuccessful.