Will All Colon Cancer Patients Need Chemotherapy?

Is It True That All Colon Cancer Patients Need Chemotherapy?

colon cancer chemotherapyMany of our viewers have asked us about treatments for colon cancer at it’s different stages. We met with the Associate Professor of Oncology from the Mayo Clinic College Dr. George Kim to help explain the stages of colon cancer and if all colon cancer patients need chemotherapy as treatment.

He mentioned that Colon Cancer has four stages. At stage four, the most critical, is when the tumor spreads to the other organs outside of the colon. Surgery is not an option for these patients but they can benefit from chemotherapy.

But what about the other stages 1-3 of colon cancer? Do these patients need chemotherapy too or can this method of treatment be avoided? Find out from Dr. Kim in the video below.

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So there are 4 stages of colon cancer and stage 4 is when the tumor has spread to other organs and surgery
is typically not an option and these patients benefit from chemotherapy stage three patients are those individuals where the cancer from the colon has been removed but there’s evidence that cancer has migrated or started to invade into the nearby lymph nodes and we know that six months of chemotherapy is beneficial to these patients stage two
colon cancer is when there’s a tumor its in the colon but has not invaded into the nearby lymph nodes and that’s where assays like the Oncotype DX assay can help make decisions in regards to which patients require chemotherapy which patients can be observed it’s important to note the majority of these patients can be observed meaning they don’t need chemotherapy but as we’ve been discussing we really do need better testing better decisions to allow us to identify which patients need to be treated finally state one patient these are individuals where the gastroenterologist or the surgeon may have taken cancer from a polyp and these patients do not require chemotherapy.


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