Colorectal Cancer – Treatment Options

World-Class Cancer Treatment in Glendale, AZ

Fighting cancer is one of the most challenging struggles that life can throw at you – but it’s never something you have to face alone. At Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, we’ve created a network of six world-class cancer treatment facilities scattered throughout the Phoenix, AZ area, and we work with each of our patients to design a treatment plan that’s not only effective, but fits into their lifestyle. No matter what condition you’re facing, the cancer doctors and treatment team at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists is committed to helping you beat cancer on your own terms, and we’re proud to offer a variety of treatment options to help you do it.

Treating Early Stage Colorectal Cancer

As with all forms of cancer, the best chances for successfully treating colorectal cancer come through early detection and treatment – but no matter what stage of colorectal cancer you may be facing, we have treatment solutions that can help.

For early-stage, non-metastatic colorectal cancer (cancer that hasn’t spread beyond the colon), we’ll often opt to use localized treatments. These are cancer treatments that impact only the tumor and the immediate surrounding area, allowing us to kill or remove the tumor with minimal impact on the body. Depending on your specific case and situation, you and your doctor may choose any of the following treatment options:

  • Surgery: A surgeon will physically cut out the tumor.
  • Radiation Therapy: Radiation is delivered to the tumor noninvasively, killing the cancerous cells without harming nearby tissue and without needing any kind of surgery or invasive treatment.
  • Ablation: Using a thin metal probe, the tumor is destroyed using either heat, radio waves, or cold.

Treating Late Stage Colorectal Cancer

While we always strive to use the most noninvasive, convenient treatment method possible, for more advanced cases of colorectal cancer where the cancer has metastasized (spread) into lymph nodes or distant organs, local treatments alone may not be enough to treat the cancer. In these cases, we may opt for a systemic treatment, which affects the entire body. Systemic treatment options include:

  • Chemotherapy: The use of specialized drugs that attack fast-growing cells, killing cancerous cells throughout the body.
  • Targeted Therapy: Specialized drugs that target certain bodily functions like blood vessel formation can hinder tumor formation or help destroy cancer cells.
  • Immunotherapy: Specialized drugs are used to bolster the immune system, helping the body’s natural defenses fight the cancer.

In most cases, your cancer doctor will design a treatment plan that uses more than one of these methods, often combining systemic treatments with local treatments to achieve the best results. It all depends on the specific type of colorectal cancer you have, the stage of your cancer, and your own unique medical history.

Call Your Payson Cancer Center Today

No matter what type or stage of cancer you’re up against, however, the team at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists is standing by to give you the world-class treatment you deserve. We’ve helped countless patients throughout the greater Phoenix, AZ area beat cancer on their own terms, and we’re ready to do the same for you – just call us at one of our six locations or reach out to us at our contact page. We look forward to helping you beat cancer, thrive during recovery, and reclaim a normal, healthy life.

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