Colorectal cancer treatment
First of all, it is important to understand that colorectal cancer is a treatable disease! Therefore, there is no need to despair, no matter how unpleasant the news of cancer is. Especially the early stages of the disease can be treated very well and the patient has a great hope for a long and good life.
The treatment of colorectal cancer includes surgical treatment, chemotherapy, radiation therapy (radiotherapy), and targeted cancer therapies with monoclonal antibodies. Interventional radiological methods have seen great development. A combination of these treatment methods is often necessary.
Knowledge of the extent of the cancer is necessary before deciding on treatment, so it is necessary to undergo the necessary examinations.
Before starting any treatment, the patient should be informed about the treatment plan and possible different treatment options. Sufficient information should also be provided about the possible risks and side effects of cancer treatment.
Supportive therapy is also an essential part of cancer treatment. The aim of supportive therapy is to manage possible side effects of cancer therapy, such as nausea and vomiting, infections and possible other complications. Supportive therapy also deals with the management of complications that accompany the cancer itself – for example, pain management.