Can vitamins help in the treatment of rectal cancer?

Rectal cancer. There was a study that showed that patients with higher vitamin d levels had better survival. That does necessarily mean that giving vitamin d once you have the diagnosis works. It could be a marker for some other factor we are not aware of yet. Consult your oncologist about nutritionals during your treatment.
Not proven. There are no widely accepted studies showing that vitamins help the treatment of rectal cancer. You should strive for a well-balanced diet, and ask your oncologist if there are any specific nutritional considerations if you are receiving chemotherapy.

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What is stage 1 rectal cancer treatment risk?

Can need colostomy. Athis is where the cancer does not go past the muscle layer. Surgery can treat this but there are risks. Surgery can be through the abdomen with or without surgery on the anus. The first way might need a temporary or permanent colostomy, an opening for expulsion of waste. The other way requires a permanent colostomy. Surgery may be done that just involves the anus, but that risks recurrence. Read more...
Surgery complication. Stage 1 rectal cancer can be treated with surgery alone. Infection, bleeding and a need for a second surgery to rejoin intestines, fix hernias or fix a leak in the colon are the surgery related risks. These complications occur in 20-30% overall. The benefit is cure from cancer. Read more...

Complications and treatment for T4 rectal cancer?

Surgery plus. Radiation and chemotherapy and surgery for rectal cancer. If not treated it will grow and obstruct. Read more...
Complex. T4, or locally advanced rectal cancer, is usually treated by a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and major surgery. Depending on the location of the tumor, it may include removal of the entire rectum and anus, with a permanent colostomy. Read more...

I just found out my grandmother has rectal cancer. Is it cureable? Can she get rid of it? Not real familiar with it. What is the best treatment?

Depends. The answer to you questions depends on a lot of things. There is a lot of information needed to be able to answer our questions. Treatment options depend on the size, the actual location, her health and overall condition. I would recommend asking these questions directly to her surgeon and oncologist. Read more...
Depends on stage. I need more information to answer your question. Rectal cancer that is early and has not spread is often curable. The treatment is surgical resection often preceded by radiation therapy. Chemotherapy may be necessary as well, depending upon the stage of the cancer. The important thing is to be sure she is in the hands of a good surgeon and medical and radiation oncology medical specialists. Read more...

What is biological therapy in treating colon-rectal cancer?

Monoclonals. You are probably referring to monoclonal antibodies. These are complex molecules that have been engineered to interact with a specific phase in the cancer cell's biologic pathway. In other words, cancer cells frequently have mutations that are not present in normal cells. If we can block that pathway, then the cancer cell stops growing and dies. Expensive but fewer side effects. Read more...
TARGETED THERAPY. These newer targeted therapies include monoclonal antibodies directed at specific receptors or ligands or tirosine kinase inhibitors that interrupt signaling pathways. Ei: bevacizumab, cetuximab, panitumimab, Aflibercept and regorafenib. Of note these agents are used in the metadtatic setting, in other words stage 4. Talk to your oncologist he can guide you better. Read more...

What are the treatments for metastatic rectal cancer?

Chemo or Surgery. There are more options today. Rectal cancer metastatic to liver or lungs can be surgically removed if there are a limited number of tumors not affecting the liver or lung blood supply. Widespread rectal cancer is best treated with chemotherapy. In special circumstances, metastases can be treated with highly focused radiation or drugs can be injected into the tumor to shut down their blood supply. Read more...
Several. Multiple liver lung single there are several variables to consider some single liver and lung metastasis may be removed! multiple, multiple locations- chemoorx. Read more...