Colorectal Cancer Stages and Chemotherapy Recommendations

Chemotherapy is often used to treat patients with colorectal cancer, although not all stages require it. In this video, Dr. Kozloff explains which stages of colorectal are commonly treated with chemotherapy.

Mark F. Kozloff, MD: Many patients when they are diagnosed with colorectal cancer ask me what is chemotherapy, do I need chemotherapy, and what type of chemotherapy will I need?  We have about nine drugs out of 100s of drugs that are considered chemotherapy that can be used for colorectal cancer and we know that different stages of colon cancer will necessitate different types of combinations of these nine drugs that we have. For stage 1 patients, we do not offer chemotherapy.  For stage 2 patients, they usually need less chemotherapy than for stage 3 or 4.  Drugs that we know work exceptionally well for stage 4, which are biologics plus chemotherapy can be very useful for stage 4, but they may not be or could not be useful for stage 3.  So, it is paramount that we get the proper staging of the illness to make the proper recommendations to the chemotherapy that should be given.

Mark F. Kozloff, MD, has more than 30 years of experience treating many types of adult cancers. He works on a multidisciplinary team of experts in the Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology where he specializes in the treatment of colorectal malignancies.

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