Rectal cancer is highly treatable when detected in its early stages with a recommended screening. If you have rectal cancer, Dignity Health Central Coast’s cancer doctors can provide you with personalized treatment with the goal of curing your cancer and supporting your mind, body, and spirit.
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Respectful Treatment for Rectal Cancer at Dignity Health Central Coast
At Dignity Health Central Coast, our oncology doctors want to cure your rectal cancer when possible. This means that you have no trace of the cancer remaining in your body. When a cure is not possible, we will provide caring treatment to relieve your symptoms and promote your well-being.
Rectal cancer treatment by stage includes the following options:
- Surgery is often used and depends on your cancer stage and how far it has spread into your rectum. The cancer and some surrounding tissue is removed if it is in the early stages More advanced stages can involve total removal of your rectum.
- Radiation therapy is used before surgery to decrease the size of your tumor or after surgery to get rid of any cancer cells. This becomes the main option if you cannot have surgery or the cancer has spread to other parts of your body.
- Chemotherapy uses drugs to eliminate cancer cells or stop them from expanding. It also serves as a main treatment or to help shrink tumors before and after surgery.
- Targeted cancer therapy is sometimes more effective than chemotherapy alone since it targets specific markers on cancer cells. Your doctor may recommend this treatment if your rectal cancer is more advanced or not responding to chemotherapy.
Meet with one of our experienced oncologists to discuss your treatment goals, possible side effects, and benefits at Dignity Health Central Coast. We will be with you every step of the way.
Dignity Health oncology services provides the latest rectal cancer treatment on California’s Central Coast.