Bowel cancer can start in the large bowel (colon cancer) or back passage (rectal cancer). It is also called colorectal cancer.
This section is about treatment for colon cancer that hasn't spread to another part of the body.
When colon and rectal cancer spread to another part of the body it is called advanced bowel cancer.
A team of doctors and other professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you. The main treatments are surgery and chemotherapy.
Most people have surgery for colon cancer that hasn't spread. The operation you have depends on the position of the cancer in the bowel.
Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer. The drugs circulate throughout the body in the bloodstream.
All treatments must be fully researched before they can be adopted as standard treatment for everyone. Find out about research into bowel (colorectal) cancer.
Treatment for advanced bowel cancer can help to reduce symptoms, make you feel better and sometimes help you live longer.
After treatment, you have regular check ups and tests at the hospital. The doctors check how you are and see whether you have any problems or worries.