Bowel cancer and rectal cancer are treated differently, and treatment for metastatic bowel cancer (where the cancer has spread beyond the bowel to other parts of the body) is different to treatment for early stage bowel cancer (where the cancer is isolated to the bowel or the areas immediately surrounding the tumour).
Your medical team will recommend treatment that will give you the best possible outcome for the type and stage of cancer you have. Two types of treatment may be offered for both bowel and rectal cancer:
- Medical treatment
- Surgical treatment