Treating

Find out about different rectal cancer treatments, and get help with treatment decisions you might need to make.

  • Making treatment decisions

    Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. Having the right information will help you make the right decision for you.

  • Surgery

    Surgery involves removing all or part of the cancer with an operation. It is an important treatment for many cancers.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat many different types of cancer. It is most commonly given as an injection into a vein or as tablets or capsules.

  • Radiotherapy

    Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat cancer.

  • Chemoradiation

    Chemoradiation is a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It is also sometimes called chemoradiotherapy.

  • Targeted (biological) therapies

    Targeted (biological) therapies interfere with the way cells grow and divide.

  • Clinical trials

    Many people are offered the chance to take part in a clinical trial as part of their treatment. Doctors also use clinical trials to improve cancer treatment and care.

  • After treatment

    After treatment for rectal cancer you will have regular check-ups.