Treatment for bowel cancer is decided by:
- Where the cancer is in your bowel
- How big the tumour is
- The number, size and position of any tumours outside the bowel (including lymph nodes)
- The type of cancer cells – their cell type and genetic makeup
- Your general health and fitness
- Your wishes as the patient.
It will also be determined by:
- The local and national guidelines for best practice in treating bowel cancer
- The availability of different treatment options within your local hospital
- The access to clinical trials available within your local hospital
- How well you respond to the treatments
- The impact of any side-effects you may experience as a result of treatment.
There is a combination of treatments given to treat bowel cancer, depending on where the cancer is within your body. The table below is a summary of what they might be, according to your own individual diagnosis.