The very thought of Colon cancer use to be very frightening but nowadays there are many options for its treatment out of which chemotherapy is regarded and preferred by the doctors. Though it’s believed that chemotherapy is very effective in treating colon cancer, only a few have actually been able to solve the purpose but with the change in the medical scenario many new treatment procedures are opening up.
Colon cancer chemotherapy is done in two parts and according to the different stages of the disease. The first part is the adjuvant chemotherapy or we may also call it preventive chemotherapy as during this process steps are taken to stop the recurrence of the cancerous cells that get formed through surgery. This chemotherapy is given to those patients who have high risk of forming cancerous cells recurrently. It has been seen that if adjuvant chemotherapy is given to a person for six months the risk of it to recur is reduced.
The other part is given to patients who are already suffering. By giving this type of chemotherapy the symptoms that are caused by cancer is reduced thus ensuring the length of the person’s life.
As new medical break through are coming up doctors, researchers as well as health practiceners are taking interests in new agents which are much more beneficial in treating colon cancer by surgically removing it. By this process the surgeons will also be able to remove the cancer from the liver and help the patients to live life free from cancer and for a longer period.
Chemotherapy is one of the most useful strategies that is used to convert the cancerous growth into amenable growth specially in the areas in and around the rectum. Before any surgery is conducted radiation therapy along with chemotherapy helps to manage the cancerous growth better. The surgical process becomes less complicated if chemotherapy is given to the patient as chemotherapy helps to reduce the size of the colon cancer.
There are many benefits that a person suffering from colon cancer can receive by getting treated through chemotherapy. The chemotherapy is given followed by liver operation where the affected portion is removed
Basicaly the most important and main agent is the 5FU which is used under the chemotherapy since the last thirty years or more. The doctors and practioners know the different use of the agent due to modern science. Nowadays the chemotherapy is given along with the newly discovered medicines. Many few medicines have been found out since the last twenty years. Out of the many medicines that are effective as well as useful on is Camptosar. The other name by which it is also known is CPT11 or irinotecan.The chances of survival of a person suffering from colon cancer gets increased twice if the irinotecan medicine is mixed with 5FU. Another medicine is the Oxaliplatin which is very valuable and very promising though researchers are still trying to prove its effeciency. Apart from all this there are many other local drugs of which one is Xeloda and the other is UFT. Both are regarded as most effective while treating patients suffering from colon cancer.