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Listen to Dr. Oneita Taylor, one of our experienced radiation oncologists, discuss how targeted radiation therapy delivery systems such as TomoTherapy® are used to treat rectal cancer.
Radiation Therapy for Colorectal Cancer
Your care team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) may recommend radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) as part of a treatment plan for rectal cancer or metastatic colorectal cancer.
Most often, radiation therapy is used in conjunction with chemotherapy, following surgery. This type of colorectal cancer treatment may help destroy cancer cells that are left behind after surgical procedures.
If you have rectal cancer, radiation therapy and chemotherapy maybe be administered before rectal cancer surgery. These treatments aim to reduce the size of a tumor in the rectum, making it easier for surgeons to remove the tumor. In addition, radiation and chemotherapy may be administered after surgery to help lower the risk of the cancer returning (colorectal cancer recurrence).
As part of your care team at CTCA, your radiation oncologist will work with you and your other doctors to determine if cancer radiation treatments are appropriate for you. He or she will consider a number of factors, including the type of colorectal cancer you have, the stage of the disease and the location of the tumor or other cancerous tissue.
Along with the experienced radiation oncologists on staff at CTCA are medical physicists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists who help to plan, coordinate and deliver colorectal cancer radiation therapy with the utmost precision and thoroughness.
Colorectal Cancer Radiation Therapy Options
Our radiation oncologists utilize advanced radiation therapy delivery systems to provide you with a wide range of advanced colorectal cancer treatment options, including:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
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