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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can radiation therapy be delivered to a colon cancer from a device inside a patient?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No: That is not generally the way it is done.
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: In some universities and major institutions there are dedicated machines for intraoperative radiation given to an area of concern that the surgeon could not resect and this device is aimed inside the abdomen to give the radiation. This is not common or widely available and outside machines are more readily available.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes.: Current treatment of rectal cancer that extends into the wall of the rectum or involves adjacent lymph nodes is preoperative radiation and chemotherapy followed by surgery. Furthermore, cancers of the colon that have directly invaded adjacent organs or the abdominal wall are treated with radiation therapy after surgery.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Partially effective: The best approach for colon cancer is resection. If lesion is large such as one in the rectosigmoid, then RT plus chemo can be employed to reduce the lesion for resection. While the end effect minimizes local recurrence, it does not alter overall survival.
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