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Treatment for advanced cancer

Advanced bowel cancer is cancer that started in either the back passage (rectum) or large bowel (colon) and has spread to another part of the body.

Deciding about treatment can be difficult when you have advanced bowel cancer. Treatment can help to reduce symptoms, make you feel better and sometimes can help you to live longer. 

Treatment decisions for advanced cancer

Deciding about treatment can be difficult when you have advanced cancer. Treatments such as chemotherapy, targeted cancer drugs and radiotherapy can help to reduce symptoms. 

Treating symptoms of advanced bowel cancer

You might have symptoms of advanced bowel cancer. Read about ways to help manage your symptoms. 

Surgery for advanced cancer

You might have surgery if advanced bowel cancer blocks your bowel and causes symptoms.  And sometimes you can have surgery to remove cancer that has spread to your liver or lungs. 

Chemotherapy for advanced bowel cancer

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. Find out about chemotherapy for advanced bowel cancer.

Radiotherapy for advanced bowel cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy rays similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. It can shrink the cancer, relieve symptoms and help you feel more comfortable.

Targeted cancer drug treatment for advanced cancer

Targeted cancer drugs can shrink an advanced cancer or slow its growth. Find out about how the treatment works, the drugs used and possible side effects.

Treatment for secondary liver cancer

There are different types of treatment for cancer that has spread to the liver (secondary liver cancer). You might have one of these treatments if you can’t have surgery to remove the secondary cancer.

Ascites (swollen tummy)

You might have a swollen tummy (ascites) if you have advanced bowel cancer. There are treatments that you can have that might help to reduce the build-up of fluid.

Last reviewed: 
17 Oct 2018

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