October 30, 2017
Research in the UK shows how important an early diagnosis is for simplifying the treatment options as much as possible.
For the most common type of bowel cancer, more than 9 in 10 patients (94%) have surgery to remove their tumour when diagnosed at the earliest stage, when radiotherapy and chemotherapy are not usually necessary.
For patients diagnosed with stage 4 disease around 3 in 10 (32%) have surgery and those who do will often have chemotherapy as well.
Less than 1 in 20 bowel cancer patients with the earliest stage disease have chemotherapy compared to nearly 5 in 10 (47%) diagnosed at the latest stage.
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