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Find out about the different types of treatment for early bowel cancer.

Treatment decisions for early bowel cancer

Find out about how your doctor decides which treatment you need for early bowel cancer, the types of treatment you might have and treatment by stage.


Find out about the types of surgery for early cancer of the large bowel (colon) or the back passage (rectum). Get information on how to prepare for surgery and what happens afterwards.


Find out about where and how you have chemotherapy for early bowel cancer, and about the side effects.


Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill bowel cancer cells. 


Find out about having chemotherapy and radiotherapy together for bowel cancer and how you have it.

Treatment for advanced cancer

Find out about the treatments for advanced bowel cancer and about controlling symptoms.

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for bowel cancer.

Research and clinical trials

All treatments must be fully researched before they can be adopted as standard treatment for everyone. Find out about research into bowel (colorectal) cancer. 

Last reviewed: 
30 Sep 2015

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