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Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Yes: Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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If I have colon cancer and get radiation therapy, can I safely have sex with my husband?

If I have colon cancer and get radiation therapy, can I safely have sex with my husband?

Yes: Once you leave the radiation room there is no radiation left in you to effect your husband. As long as you do not have discomfort in the abdomen, pelvis or genitals there is no reason you can not have sex. ...Read more

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What is radiation therapy treatment for colon cancer?

What is radiation therapy treatment for colon cancer?

Energy beams: For certain types of colorectal cancer, energy beams are focused in the cancerous area. These beams are designed to kill cancer cells and decrease the chance of the tumor growing back. Depending on the situation, radiation can be used either before an operation or after an operation. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy help to treat colon cancer that's spread to the liver or kidneys?

Can radiation therapy help to treat colon cancer that's spread to the liver or kidneys?

Yes: If the disease is limited and original colon cancer addressed focal intense radiation called radiosurgery can be very effective. If there is significant disease then standard radiation can be used to help symptoms. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 colon cancer it spread to most of her intestines can she get radiation treatment?

What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 colon cancer it spread to most of her intestines can she get radiation treatment?

No RT: Colon Cancer is best handled by resection of the primary. If therre is no remaining primary, local sites of mets can be handled but disseminated disease is treated only by chemotherapy. FOLFOX is used followed by the mAbs Erbitux and Avastin (bevacizumab). If that fails there are othr monolonals in FDA trials targeting immunogenic proteins expressed in colon cancer that have failed other tretments. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 colon cancer that spread to most of her intestines. Will radiation treatment help her?

My mom has stage 4 colon cancer that spread to most of her intestines. Will radiation treatment help her?

No RT: Radiation therapy is not employed in metastatic colon cancer. Its most frequently employed in large rectal or rectosigmoid tumors with chemo to shrink the tumor in preparation for surgery. Metastatic stage 4 colon cancer is treated by combination chemo with immunotherapy i.e. FOLFIERI + ZALTRAP ( an epidermal growth factor inhibitor) New monoclonals are also in FDA trials for stage 4 colon Ca. ...Read more

Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more