Making the Decision to Have Radiation Therapy for Colorectal Cancer
If you have colon cancer, your doctor may recommend radiation in the following cases:
For rectal cancer, radiation therapy is a common treatment. You might have it before, or after surgery. It may be used to shrink tumors to make surgery easier, or to help prevent cancer from coming back after surgery. It may also be used to help relieve symptoms from more advanced cancers.
To plan your entire treatment strategy, consult with a team of specialists. This might include a surgeon, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist.