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.

  • Treating cancer that has spread to the liver

    Radiofrequency ablation, cryotherapy and radiotherapy may be used to treat cancer that has spread to the liver and can’t be removed with surgery.

  • 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.

  • Supportive and other treatments

    Other treatments can be used as part of the main cancer treatment and to treat side-effects.

  • Life after cancer treatment

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