Will I Need Chemotherapy After Colon Cancer Surgery?

Dr. Mark Gimbel explains when chemotherapy after colon cancer surgery is considered.

chemotherapy after colon cancer surgeryNearly every colon cancer patient wants to know if they will need chemotherapy. It is one of the treatment options that many patients are most familiar with and dread. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by chemotherapy. Very few have positive views on it. Surgery for colon cancer is also a common mode of treatment and most patients will want to know if chemotherapy after colon cancer surgery is necessary as well.

Doctors have to run many tests to determine if chemotherapy after a colon cancer surgery is an option. Dr. Mark Gimbel explains how doctors determine if chemotherapy after colon cancer surgery will be necessary in the video below:

Mark Gimbel:  Pretty much every patient, who I see with colon cancer ask if they need chemotherapy after the treatment and I tell them that I cannot give them that answer upfront, but I think they need to be prepared for that in case they are going to need it in the future and then we can go ahead and talk about the Oncotype DX Colon Cancer Assay to see what the recurrence score is going to be and if it is high then offering chemotherapy is a treatment option.

Mark Gimbel
Dr.Gimbel graduated from the University of Maryland, and then had an internship at the University of Florida, Jacksonville and residencies at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He spent two years doing a surgical residency fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York and completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.


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